Want a low-energy light bulb, but find compact fluorescents less than aesthetically pleasing? Enter this year’s winner of the Brit Insurance Design of the Year contest, the Plumen 001 energy-efficient light bulb from British designer Samuel Wilkinson and product design company Hulger.
The Plumen puts an imaginative twist on energy efficient lighting with two sculpted tubes, leading Brit Insurance to gush about its beautiful silhouette and organic form. The Plumen was chosen as the overall winner from the seven category winners as the Brit Insurance Design of the Year, beating out over 90 entries in total.
This bulb was designed to address the generally agreed-upon lack of aesthetic appeal among modern, efficient bulbs. The Plumen uses 80% less energy than a conventional incandescent and lasts eight times longer–comparable to a fluorescent light bulb, but a whole lot nicer to look at.
Jury member Deyan Sudjic, Director of London’s Design Museum commented, in a statement, “[The Plumen 001 is] a worthy winner that is both beautiful and smart. It does away with the superfluous to achieve maximum economy of means.” He goes on to note that this bulb goes a long way to make up for the loss of the Edison original, in terms of design appeal.
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