Jessica Dailey

British Designer Tom Dixon Unveils Oversized Energy Efficient 'Bulb'

by , 03/18/11

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While the ban of inefficient incandescent light bulbs has caused a lot of heated debates between political parties, it has also spurred smart, creative products from many designers. Just this week, Inhabitat favorite Tom Dixon unveiled “Bulb,” an over-sized, energy efficient light bulb that he created as a reaction to the incandescent phase-out and the weird aesthetic of CFLs.

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The British designer wanted to combine energy efficiency with the round design that people love about the incandescent. The quick start 25-watt T5 bulb is Dixon‘s own creation, and the standard E27 thread allows it to be used a wide range of light fittings.  The bulb is great by itself, but it can also be used as part of three new chandeliers Dixon designed. The wide conical shape is similar to other lights Dixon has created, as is the light-enhancing reflective backing.

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Via Designboom

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  1. lighthouse10 May 6, 2011 at 7:43 am

    RE bans on simple incandescents “spurring new initiatives”

    Free market competition that stimulated the launch of – any – new safe lighting, with launch help for inventors,
    would be better at spurring new initiatives that people might actually want to buy.
    http://ceolas.net/#li23x

    There’s an irony there somewhere,
    banning simple safe known technology in favor of unknown and seemingly unsafe technology
    - normally of course products are banned for being unsafe to use
    (like say lead paint)

    It is a “ban” on simple incandescents:
    Temporarily allowed and unpopular Halogen etc
    incandescents are themselves more complex and costly and with a
    different (whiter) light for marginal savings, compared to the simple, cheap, popular and banned regular incandescent types.

    The further irony is that the popularity,
    being about 4 out of 5 bulbs bought, is the reason for the ban:
    No “Big Savings” from banning what people don’t like!

    People don’t save that much in switching anyway.
    One reason is that the heat can be useful as background room heat, another is that common cheaper CFLs (“energy saving” lights ) draw twice the energy from the
    power plant than what your meter suggests – but users of course have to pay for that eventually too
    (look up CFL “power factor” online, or
    http://ceolas.net/#li15eux
    with more about the lack of savings from the ban)

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