ISSUE 5  |  Small Space Living

World’s Most Stylish Light Bulb, Version 002

February 03, 2014 4:00 PM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

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The creators of Plumen 001, the world’s first energy-efficient designer light bulb, have just unveiled Plumen 002. A sophisticated and sultry version of the original, the low-energy flourescent Plumen 002 has new sculpted curves, is dimmer and creates a softer ambient light. 

Have a look at the new design, and if you might like to live with it, consider investing in the project: in order to reach critical mass with their order volume and be able to offer the design at an affordable price, Plumen has launched a production campaign on Kickstarter. Company founder and design director, Nicolas Roope, is out to prove that “energy efficiency does not need to come at the expense of great design.” Sounds good to us.

Above: The new Plumen 002 bulb has a sculpted shape, a nice contrast to the uniform lines of standanrd compact fluorescent bulbs. During the development process, Texan neon sculptor Tony Greer was enlisted to explore the effects that different forms have on light output. 

Above: The designers were inspired by the sensual and infinite forms of British sculptor Barbara Hepworth and created the sculptural form of Plumen 002 using glass blowing techniques. 

Above: Plumen’s LED products are still in development, but the Plumen 002’s compact fluorescent bulb works well as an ambient light and is comparable with LEDs in performance and price. 

Above: The sculpted shape of the Plumen 002 is visible through a smoky glass shade.

Above: The ambient light of the Plumen 002 reflects softly on the interior of a downlight fixture. 

Above: Colorful caps will be available to suit a variety of interior styles.

Above: Copper capped Plumen 002 bulbs form a simple and attractive row of lighting above a dining table. 

Just because there’s a new Plumen doesn’t mean we don’t still love the old one: See World’s Most Stylish Lightbulb. Looking for ceiling fixtures to pair with Plumen bulbs? How to Choose an Overhead Light Fixture is a good place to start.