Have you heard the news? Certain incandescent bulbs, 40- and 60-watt, are being phased out by manufacturers due to federally mandated efficiency standards! We at Hayneedle don’t want you to be left in the dark, or the sometimes harsh glow of regular CFLs, so we’ve stocked up on beautiful Plumen bulbs to fill your fixtures. What are Plumen bulbs you ask? Read more to find out!
The lure of CFLs – compact fluorescent lamps – is that they last up to 15 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, and use a fraction of the energy. This results in a lower energy bill and fewer trips to the hardware store. The drawback? The cold, harsh glow they cast. While CFLs have improved in color over the years, many people still long for the warm, flattering light of incandescent bulbs. Seeking to bridge the gap, the creators at Hulger, a London design company, set to work creating the world’s first designer energy-saving lightbulb.
An alluring design and a soft light were considered top priority. After several renditions and forms of glass tubing, the Plumen 001 was born. The elegant and sculptural shape inspired the name, derived from “plume”, the decorative feathers of birds, and “lumen”, a unit of light. Using a select type of glass tubing, the designers at Hulger were able to achieve a light that is similar to traditional incandescent bulbs at 2700 Kelvin, casting an inviting glow. With this quality of light, these bulbs are ideal to display and fit in well with the bare-bulb trend. They add to the aesthetic of industrial and minimalist fixtures. Plumen bulbs last eight times longer than a standard incandescent bulb, and save up to 80% on energy bills, making them a smart choice for illumination.
The Plumen 001 has been recognized by design collections around the world, and won the Brit Insurance Design of the Year in 2011, as well as the prestigious Black Pencil at the 2011 D&AD awards. Since their first conception, Hulger has created several other iterations of the Plumen bulb, and these were featured in most lighting displays in the 2013 London Design Festival.
Embrace the change and make the switch to Plumen. We’ve hand-picked a selection of light fixtures that perfectly showcase the bulb to ensure a bright spotlight on their award-winning design!
–Chelsea, hayneedle.com editor