Plumen Bulbs

Plumen is the antithesis of low energy light bulbs as we know them. Rather than hide the unappealing traditional compact fluorescent light (CFL) behind boring utility, Plumen 001 is a bulb you’ll want on show.

The manufacturer, Hulgar, notes that what the bulb offers in aesthetics can sometimes be the tipping point for on-the-fence consumers who aren’t easily willing to pay the extra few dollars for the eco-friendly bulbs. While Plumen is currently available only in Europe right now, it is coming to the US next year and will probably cost $30.

The PLUMEN’s name comes from the plume-like forms that drop from
the pendent fitting, twisting together as they fold outward. A bird’s
plumes are not functional and unlike their flying feathers they signify
pride, beauty and prowess, qualities in keeping with the purpose of
HULGER’s proposed bulb designs… Surely the tubular formation of these
objects should be used to its’ advantage, drawing, sculpting or scrawling
in the air with light, turning these afterthoughts into centrepiece and perhaps
in the process creating designs that people will buy through genuine
desire rather than mere moral obligation.

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More Recycled Chandeliers

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I have had many readers tell me they really like the chandelier from a previous post made from coffee stirrers .  So in response, I have hunted down a few more recycled chandeliers that I think are also beautiful and inspiring.

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This light of pop art flowers is made from recycled soda bottle bottoms. Artist Michelle Brand says her Cascade Chandelier can be seen two ways, as a grim comment on a throw away culture or an homage to the beauty found in mass produced items. I can see this as being a fun family project when the weather outside is too cold or wet.Recycled Chandelier | KitchAnn Style

Don’t let the color fool you on this next light by Stuart Haygarth. This light is crafted from 416 disposable plastic wine glasses.  A pink fluorescent light inside creates the striking color.  If this light is too big he also makes one from 280 glasses.  I want to know who is drinking all that wine. Stuart Haygarth has made many chandeliers from found objects.

My new favorite of his is made from water bottles confiscated at the airport.  It replaces my previous favorite, the Tide chandelier, made from trash that washed up on the shores of the Kent coast line. airport | KitchAnn Style  drop-detail | KitchAnn style

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For smaller lights, I admire the work of Johanna Keimeyer.  She carves up plastic bottles to create interesting and whimsical pendants.

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ReLED Replaces Your Flourescent Lamps

ReLEDSystems, from Huntington Beach, CA offers an LED replacement for fluorescent T5, T8 and T12 lamps. 

The extruded aluminum linear lamp conforms to the dimensions of a typical fluorescent lamp.  It provides an efficient heat sink and uses bright Lumiled K2 diodes.  The fluorescent ballast is replaced with the Re Driver.  It’s skinny profile helps to make retrofitting the ballast easier.

In addition to the energy savings, the benefits of utilization of LED lighting technology include a 10 year service life (more than half a billion fluorescent tubes are disposed of int he US each year), no infrared or UV light emissions, no mercury or PCBs, high quality light and wide  operating temperature range.

This is great news for people who have fluorescent fixtures in place and want and to utilize LED lighting. 

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