Not too long ago, I had a conversation with a designer who told me about the coolest-looking bulb she had just seen in a London design shop. It would soon be here, she said. So I waited, and waited, and… Well, the wait is over. Recently available in the U.S., the Plumen 001 is the world’s first designer energy-saving bulb. I’m not sure it’s the coolest I’ve seen, but it is quite fetching.
Like a regular compact fluorescent bulb, it uses 80 percent less energy than a traditional incandescent and lasts about eight times longer, which will be good for your green cred. Designed by Sam Wilkinson for the London-based boutique electronics brand Hulger, the bulb is the answer to the unattractive compact fluorescent . “To some the problem is the light they give off, to others it is the way they look,” the company says. “Both can be solved. We believe the answer is in the design.” Make the bulb attractive, the company adds, and people will enjoy a better quality and spend a bit more. Indeed, the bulb costs about $30. www.plumen.com.