Berkeley Lamp II: The Lamp that Science Built

Berkeley Lamp II: The Lamp that Science Built

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Taryn Williford
Sep 26, 2008

There's nothing too remarkable about this lamp at first glance. It just looks like your run-of-the-mill mass-production hotel nightstand lamp. But this one claims to be "The Only Lamp Built By Science." It's design is patented by Lawrence Berkeley National Labs: the oldest national laboratory and the lab (partially) responsible for the atomic bomb and radar. It's aim is to save energy, as it is lit by two very unique bulbs that are both dim-able. In effect, it provides nearly 50 percent energy savings over regular incandescent lamps. A look under the shade after the jump...

The Berkeley Lamp II has two circle-shaped bulbs to provide task and ambient lighting all under one shade (The shades are interchangeable, too).Turn the bottom on to read, turn the top on to just give a room a bit of glow, and turn both on when you lose an earring in the carpet.

It's High Definition lighting technology features BlueMax™ scotopically enhanced lamps. That means it is able to stimulate the eye's photoreceptors and make pupils contract to increasing visual acuity. The heads at Berkeley say it gives the eye's rods and cones exactly what they need to produce a high definition lighting environment.

A big plus: In addition to being an energy saving light source, uses 100 percent post-consumer packaging materials.

Included is an extra 120v port on its base to make up for the one it takes up, and a choice of either 5500K daylight bulbs or 3500K sunset bulbs. The Price is $289, too much for a lamp, but you gotta realize you're holding something that came from the same lab as the atomic bomb. The lamp comes with a 3-year fixture warranty and a 2-year bulb warranty.

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