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Forget the bulb: world’s first illuminating glass

Posted By Cate Trotter On May 21, 2008 @ 6:39 am In Design,Green Lighting,Green Materials,Innovation | 7 Comments

Planilum technology, eco-friendly lighting, light emitting diodes, Saint-Gobain Innovations, LED technology, Christian Biecher, Adrien Gardère, Arik Levy, lightshelf1.jpg [1]

Eco-friendly lightbulbs are an energy efficient step in the right direction, but it could be that the bulb’s days are numbered. First we had light-emitting wallpaper [2], and now Saazs’ [3] light-emitting glass plates. Using planilum technology, these plates are the world’s first active light-emitting glass. Incorporated into shelves and tables, the technology provides beautiful, understated lighting for homes and offices.

Planilum technology, eco-friendly lighting, light emitting diodes, Saint-Gobain Innovations, LED technology, Christian Biecher, Adrien Gardère, Arik Levy

Co-developed [4] with Saint-Gobain Innovations, Saazs’ designs are the epitome of excellent eco-design [4]: stunning forms that emerge from cutting-edge sustainable design thinking. Christian Biecher [5], Adrien Gardère [6] and Arik Levy [7] have produced special limited edition designs, with the ‘standard’ series designed by Tomas Erel [8].

While the unit itself is dazzling, it produces a soothing light that eliminates the need for lampshades, and is better for wellbeing. Environmental improvements are delivered in part by the non-toxic gas employed: a significant improvement over the mercury-infused gas of neon bulbs. The average lifespan of a plate is 50,000 hours, which translates to 20 years of domestic use. And when it does cease to function, 90% of the design can be recycled [9], as it’s essentially based on glass.

Currently, each 100W plate lights 40 square meters of space, an efficiency halfway between a conventional bulb and a neon light. The company is working to improve the light efficiency [10] of the shelf, aiming to develop plates as effective as a neon light within 3 years, but without neon’s toxicity and somewhat unpleasant light quality and color.

+ Saazs [3]
+ Saint-Gobain Innovations [11]
+ Christian Biecher [5]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/21/saazs%e2%80%99-stunning-shelves/

[2] light-emitting wallpaper: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/12/milan-design-week-2008-preview-jonas-samons-light-emitting-wallpaper/

[3] Saazs’: http://www.saazs.com/

[4] Co-developed: http://co-dependent.co.uk/

[5] Christian Biecher: http://www.biecher.com

[6] Adrien Gardère: http://www.architonic.com/cat/8100260/1

[7] Arik Levy: http://www.ariklevy.fr/

[8] Tomas Erel: http://www.bearflag.org/

[9] recycled: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/18/mana-recycled-jewellry-hits-nyc-with-touch-ny/

[10] light efficiency: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/13/kenzan-tsutakawa-chinn-constellation-lamp/

[11] + Saint-Gobain Innovations: http://www.saint-gobain.de/en/

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