Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bloomin' Some Plumen

I'd like to introduce you to Plumen light bulbs, or, as they prefer to be known: the world's first designer energy saving light bulb!

I remember when CFLs came out a few years ago, and it was somewhat revolutionary. While these bulbs could last for years, the initial price tag was a bit steep, and the bulbs themselves seemed a bit strange to look at. I often thought they looked more like a soft serve ice cream cone than a light bulb...

Plumen has sought to revolutionize the design of CFLs to provide consumers with a bulb that is functional and looks good at the same time. This is a bulb that is meant to stand out on its own- and not to be covered by a shade!

The root word of Plumen, is plume, which is a bird's show feather, and is meant to draw attention to a bird's beauty. The design for these bulbs comes from that same ethos- the bulb will save you on your energy bills, while providing visual interest to your home.

While the bulb is relatively new to the public, the price tag is of course a bit high for a light bulb- $30 a pop! But, I think it can be justified a bit when you stop viewing this as just a bulb, and also as a work of art (and the energy savings over time does make a difference too!)

Already, I've heard some mixed reviews over the product. Some are wowed by the design, while others are disgruntled by a light bulb becoming a show piece. I personally believe that there is a time and place for everything- and in a urban minimalist setting, I would love to have one of these hanging from a pendant cord in a kitchen. And for all we know, we could be looking at the future design for all light bulbs to come.

For more info on Plumen, and to purchase, check out Plumen's website.

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