We first learned about the British company Plumen back in 2010 when they introduced the world's first designer energy saving lightbulb. The original Plumen bulb was designed as an energy efficient alternative to a typical 60W incandescent light bulb, and it is included in the permanent collections of the MoMA, the Cooper-Hewitt, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Last week, Plumen launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Plumen 002, their alternative to the 30W incandescent light bulb.
According to Plumen,
Anywhere you can use a filament, you can now use the Plumen 002 and save energy (and money) without losing any of the magical light quality.
We love the incandescent style bulbs - the warm and the patterned light they create is beautiful and seductive, making a lovely atmosphere wherever they’re placed. The only problem is, these bulbs are the most inefficient of all. To put it in perspective, a Plumen 002 light bulb requires less than 25% of the energy to power than a 30W incandescent light bulb.
Plumen has already reached their $20,000 goal on Kickstarter. Their project will be funded in February, and they are scheduled to ship product to their backers in July. You can learn more about the Plumen 002, including technical information and the design process, on their Kickstarter page.