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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
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 , and now Saazs’  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.
Co-developed  with Saint-Gobain Innovations, Saazs’ designs are the epitome of excellent eco-design : stunning forms that emerge from cutting-edge sustainable design thinking. Christian Biecher , Adrien Gardère  and Arik Levy  have produced special limited edition designs, with the ‘standard’ series designed by Tomas Erel .
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 , 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  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.
URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/saazs%e2%80%99-stunning-shelves/
URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/21/saazs%e2%80%99-stunning-shelves/
 light-emitting wallpaper: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/12/milan-design-week-2008-preview-jonas-samons-light-emitting-wallpaper/
 Saazs’: http://www.saazs.com/
 Co-developed: http://co-dependent.co.uk/
 Christian Biecher: http://www.biecher.com
 Adrien Gardère: http://www.architonic.com/cat/8100260/1
 Arik Levy: http://www.ariklevy.fr/
 Tomas Erel: http://www.bearflag.org/
 recycled: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/18/mana-recycled-jewellry-hits-nyc-with-touch-ny/
 light efficiency: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/13/kenzan-tsutakawa-chinn-constellation-lamp/
 + Saint-Gobain Innovations: http://www.saint-gobain.de/en/
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