Samuel Wilkinson and Hulger, 2009
The Plumen 001 is the world’s first designer energy saving light bulb. Designed by product design graduate Samuel Wilkinson for the company Hulger, this bulb aims to make an everyday household item something special. Instead of the uninspiring shape of most energy saving light bulbs, the Plumen is a piece of sculpture in itself. The Plumen 001 won the Designs of the Year competition in 2011.
Designed to be a centerpiece rather than hidden beneath a shade, the Plumen 001 light bulb has a bold, dynamic shape made by two looped glass tubes. Measuring nearly 20cm in length, the original Plumen bulb is larger than regular household bulbs, and it gives off a bright white light when illuminated. The combination of an energy-saving design with a striking aesthetic make this eco-friendly design.
The Plumen 001 is made of two looping glass tubes that are held together at the top with a black plastic casing which contains electrical ballast: a small circuit board and filter capacitor which passes a current through the gasses in the glass tube. The light fittings come in either bayonet or screw shapes to fit with both types of light sockets in Europe. Most energy saving light bulbs are compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
The Plumen 001 light bulb is designed to fit standard European light fittings and it can be used in a variety of settings – from a desk lamp for illuminating tasks to a ceiling pendant for lighting a whole room. The Plumen 001 uses 80% less energy than the standard incandescent light bulb and can last for 8 times longer.
The energy saving light bulb is a neglected, yet inspiring invention. It uses 80% less energy than the traditional incandescent light bulb, keeps down electricity bills and is better for the environment. It also lasts around 8 times longer. By creating a beautiful, functional and low-energy product the Plumen 001 is an example of aesthetics and practicality combining to make an every day product more interesting and useful.