Plumen Proves We Want Weirdly Shaped Light Bulbs

plumen light bulb image

Image via Plumen

A couple years ago, we told you about a concept light bulb called Plumen, a reshaped CFL bulb that hoped to make energy efficient lighting "sexy." Or, as the Plumen Project states, "Rather than hide the unappealing traditional compact fluorescent light behind boring utility, Plumen 001 is a bulb you'll want on show." And as any good design will, Plumen has made it from concept to market, proving we light strange twists to our CFLs. The Plumen is a regular CFL bulb, but with the twists turned in much more appealing ways than the standard spiral.

The shape of the light is actually quite mesmerizing:

Plumen Bulb Loop from Plumen on Vimeo.

Plumen states, "The Plumen bulb uses 80% less energy and lasts 8 times longer than incandescent bulbs, giving you the opportunity to purchase an ecological product with style. It works just like any low energy bulb but it has a lot more presence." The company points out that many people don't want to spend more on energy efficient light bulbs despite the long term savings; but that if given some style along with efficiency, we're more comfortable with paying a little more up front.

Indeed, it could be more eco-friendly than just the energy efficiency -- if it is that appealing for hip environments, then that means less materials used for light shades:

plumen light bulb image

The bulb is available in the UK for £20 and Europe for €30, and will make its way to the US soon.

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