Published on September 16, 2008
Section Green Report / Media
So, this weekend I was scouring the internet for the latest and greatest in green fashion and design as usual. When I came across a beautiful posting by the site inhabitat.com. The post was featuring a london based artist/designer Tom Dixon and his 500 CFL Art Installation in Trafalgar Sqaure in London.
So, what is the big deal about creating a 500 CFL bulb lighting Art Installation? Well, it turns out the point is to demonstrate how little energy these type of bulbs use and how beautiful they can be. The bulbs are a new design by the company Glowb. As you can see from the photo above, they don’t look like the standard ugly coil bulb we are use to seeing from manufactures of CFL bulbs. The new shape and light looks very modern with or without a lamp shade.
Glowb is hoping to make make a big impact with Londoners by giving away 1000 CFL light bulbs a day, totaling 3,500 light bulbs being given away and used over the course of the installation. According to the Energy Saving Trust, the 3,500 Glowb bulbs will save 754 tonnes of CO2 in their collective lives, the equivalent of filling 150 hot air balloons or 4,300 double decker buses, compared to the 60watt incandescent equivalent, this is the equivalent of £212,000 saved in electricity bills.
Tom Dixon will take over Trafalgar Square during the London Design Festival from Monday 17th September until Wednesday 19th September 2007. The Blow lights will be powered by a renewable energy source and lit for 3 hours per day from 7pm – 10pm Monday and Tuesday, and on Wednesday 19th from 5pm – 10pm.
About the Bulb: Glowb offer a complete environmentally-friendly product, including their innovative new packaging concept: the Glowb tube is not only 100% recyclable but also allows consumers to return their old conventional bulb in the tube by freepost for recycling and allows the packaging to be re-used again thereby avoiding unnecessary waste.