The PLUMEN 001 by British brand Hulger is the world’s first designer low energy light bulb. Its dynamic, sculptured form contrasts to the dull regular shapes of existing low energy bulbs and constitutes PLUMEN 001 an integral decorating element, rather than an afterthought.
Low energy light bulbs have invaded our lives for good over the recent years. They use 80% less energy than the traditional incandescent light bulbs, keeps down electricity bills and are better for the environment. They also last around 8 times longer. However they don’t look particularly elegant, their spiral shape is bulky and overly complex, lacking sleekness and styling. Despite this, we have to buy them out of moral obligation. British brand Hulger figured that the problem can be solved. Make the bulb attractive and people will spend a bit more and enjoy a better design that they will appreciate every day.
Glass tubes can be bent in many different shapes so why are there thousands of manufacturers but only three designs? The PLUMEN 001 addresses the problem in a creative and original way. The name Plumen comes from the “plume,” the decorative feathers of a bird and “lumen,” the unit of light.
The PLUMEN 001 designer low energy light bulb works like any other high quality low energy bulb – saving you 80% on your energy bills and lasting 8 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb, it consumes 11 Watt power and produces equivalent luminosity with a 60 Watt traditional incandescent lamp.
Plumen’s unique sculptural from was conceived by London based designer Samuel Wilkinson in collaboration with Hulger. The first prototype of thePlumen001 low energy CFL was presented back in 2007. It took Hulger 3 years of testing, researching and optimizing production, prior to launching the end product in September 2010. The initial success of PLUMEN 001 already sparkled interest for the expansion of the range and two new models are already under development, the PLUMEN 002 and PLUMEN 003.
The PLUMEN 001 was awarded the Brit Insurance Design of the Year in 2011, one of the world’s highest profile international design awards. It was also awarded the prestigious Black Pencil at the D&AD awards in the same year.
It has also been featured in renown design collections around the world including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Finnish Design Museum and the Cooper Hewitt collection, based in New York.