Forget Regular Compact Fluorescent Bulbs; Plumen is The One to Buy

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.

Photo: Tom Mannion

Photo: Andrew Penketh Studio
Photo: Andrew Penketh Studio

4 comments on “Forget Regular Compact Fluorescent Bulbs; Plumen is The One to Buy

  1. It is my understanding that many CFLs now can and do give off less harsh tones. My guess with this product is that they were worrying about the cool look to the detriment of other desirable features. That bums ME out. Beautifully-designed products shouldn’t put form ahead of function.

    • The thing about CFLs is that you have to get the quality versions. There are tons of them out there, but not all of them are good. These Plumen lights look good, but one reader says they are not so great to look at when switched on. There is also the case where consumers expect new products to address all issues and concerns. But that rarely happens. Most products are not ideal in every situation.

  2. This makes me sad! But you have to remember that CFLs are NOT incandescent light bulbs. The technology has come a long way, but i think it will be a while before you see them give same warm light output that you get from Edison’s creation.

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