Are you a would-be gardener with no outdoor space? Or do you dream of self-sufficiency in a compact city apartment? Then Bulbo could offer you the rays of hope you’re looking for. Italian lighting designer Lorenzo Antonioni spent his university days dreaming of solutions that allow urban dwellers to connect with nature. Now Bulbo offers a range of slick designer LED lights for growing vegetables, herbs, and house plants indoors. Click through to check out their elegant, locally made tools for urban growing.
Thanks to their designer credentials, these practical objects have popped up on the pages of interiors magazines like Elle Decoration, and fit just as elegantly into sleek minimalist kitchens as grungy upcycled shelves. Bulbo utilise research from the University of Bologna on the optimum red and blue wavelengths of light to make indoor plants flourish, taste better and even provide more antioxidants.
Bulbo offer 3 styles of light. Quadra is an angular aluminium frame that extends up to 50 cm and rotates to follow every stage of plant growth. Two energy-efficient power ratings (14 and 21 Watt) make it easy to transform the darkest corners of your apartment into a green oasis.
Locally-produced, chic terracotta Cynara lamps use about as much electricity as your wifi router (7 watts) and can be attached to an aluminum rod and placed directly in your pot, or securely hung overhead.
If you prefer your lighting integrated into your furniture and walls, Bulbo have produced Systema. At only 21mm thick, the 14 watt light makes green scenarios possible throughout the home or as part of luscious green interior design schemes for restaurants, cafés, shops or public buildings. An integrated timer automatically reproduces a day-night cycle.
Without having to rely on daylight or window boxes, the possibilities are endless: how about strawberry plants lighting up your wardrobe, basil and silver beet sprouting from under your dining room table lamp or tomatoes and chilies illuminating your letter writing desk. If you’re interested in seeing how it works, you could get yourself started with the seasy starter kit. Complete with a selection of seeds, the ceramic pot only needs watering once a week so is perfect for busy urban lifestyles.