Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on February 16, 2009
As we enter the environmental age, it’s interesting to witness changes in design and function. What will we create? What will we recycle? What will we do away with? Let’s consider that icon of Victorian living — the lampshade. Traditionally made from cloth, lace, glass — lampshades aren’t just old hat, they occasionally look like them, too.
In the future, according to Philips, LED bulbs will be so well designed that they’ll eradicate the need for any lamp covering whatsoever. Just check out some of these eye-catching designs. You can “adjust the color, brightness and tone of a bulb with simple, intuitive hand gestures, such as touching or twisting”.
Not only do these bulbs help get you in the mood (for whatever…), they also promote healthy living.
Unlike an incandescent bulb, which emits as much as 98% of its energy as heat, LED lights burn cool, making them much more energy efficient. LEDs also have a long life, lasting up to 100,000 hours. That’s 100 times longer than their traditional counterpart. Finally, as they have no filament or fragile tube, they are much more rugged.
Do you see the light? I do. I’m ditching the cover and going for fabulously designed bulbs that will change colors and my mood. Especially since it means I’ll be seeing changes to my electricity bill.