Lights keep getting better for the environment: first there were ordinary incandescent bulbs (bad), then compact fluorescent bulbs (better), and now LEDs (best). LEDs have been around for a while, but are finally getting more affordable to use in regular lamps. They're even more efficient than CFLs, and last longer. Cerno, a company based in Laguna Beach, California, unveiled their new line of LED lighting at the Dwell on Design show last weekend. They use FSC-certified wood, and recycled aluminum and other materials whenever possible. They're also committed to the concept of heirloom design— creating beautiful objects that people will want to keep for years to come.
Shown above, from left to right:
1. The Silva light has a base made from Baltic birch ply (available unfinished or in mocha, black, or grey) and aluminum, with a shade made from birch, lace wood, or polymer.
2. The Cubo bedside light is made from solid maple or walnut with aluminum and polymer.
3. The Alo lamp shows off Cerno's unique design for creating a heat sink (all the tiny rods above the light help make the LEDs more efficient). It has a solid wood base available in maple or walnut. The body is made from aluminum, and the head of the lamp from concrete. Cerno is exploring using recycled filler for the concrete.
4. The Onus table lamp is made from aluminum, with Cerno's special heat sink design. The block weight is made from concrete or carrara marble. The marble was salvaged from a local stone fabricator.
5. The Sero table lamp is made from aluminum.
The lamps are available from Cerno online and at lightopia in Laguna Beach, with more retailers coming soon. Prices will be listed soon as well.