Energy Saving Light Bulbs

Low Energy, High Appeal

It’s easy to buy into the energy-saving features of compact fluorescent light bulbs. They use a fraction of the energy that traditional incandescent bulbs consume, they take a nice bite out of the electricity bill, and they’re better for the environment. But the look? Not so appealing. Until now...

The Plumen 001 energy-saving light bulb takes its form as seriously as its function. The lighting tubes have an organic,
sculptural quality. They give the bulb a distinctive silhouette that changes as you view it from different angles. Conceived by the product design firm Hulger, with an assist from British designer Samuel Wilkinson, the Plumen 001 gets its name from the word “plume", which describes a bird’s show feather. Except for its energy-efficient qualities, it’s nothing like the typical boring compact fluorescent bulb that you want to hide immediately under a lampshade. This bird is show-worthy.

— Ann
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Ciara

    We're thrilled to be crossing the pond today to share with you the world's first designer energy efficient light bulb. Glass tubing can be bent in many different shapes so there is no need to settle for the standard bulb. We hope you are inspired by ours. You probably have some questions for me, and I'm happy to be here today to answer them for you.

  • Susan Zemil
    Susan Zemil
    9/19/2011 2:58 PM

    Its lovely! Where can we get it and how much?

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    9/19/2011 3:20 PM

    @Susan Zemil: Glad you are enjoying today's find! Plumen bulbs are available right here at Daily Grommet. You can see all of the details and make a purchase here:

  • Liz
    9/19/2011 3:30 PM

    Where are these made?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/19/2011 4:09 PM

    @Liz: Hi Liz, they are made in China.

  • gourmet12001
    9/19/2011 11:30 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: Would really be great if they were made in the US. I search high and low to buy American products.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/20/2011 10:03 AM

    @gourmet12001: We love it when products are Made in the USA, too, but understand that it's not always possible. We have a large assortment of Made in the USA products that you can see here: Products made in the USA

  • Liz V
    Liz V
    9/19/2011 6:00 PM

    Reading the "where to find and how much" question, I see that I'm not the only one who has had to look around to figure out how to make a purchase. Maybe, along with the info in the upper right corner, you could have a "to purchase" link that goes to the same place.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/19/2011 6:24 PM

    @Liz V: Thanks for the feedback. Each Grommet we feature has its main page where you can watch its video, read its story, check out the details and purchase it. The purchasing area is just to the right of the video. Simply choose your option (in this case there is only one option but you still need to choose it) and click on the orange 'Buy Now' button.

  • melinda brown
    melinda brown
    9/20/2011 3:05 PM

    They are beautiful but do they contain mercury? Are they safe to dispose adn if one breaks, are they safe. Most other compact flourescents do contain mercury adn there are warings on when they break. Also, there is at least one company in the US who makes NON MERCURY CFGs and this should be the standard. Consumers shouldn't have to weigh the energy savings benefit to the environment against mercury contamination. The EPA should set this standard or industry should.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/20/2011 3:34 PM

    @melinda brown: You bring up a great point. This is what Plumen says should a bulb break:

    While low energy light bulbs do contain small traces of mercury, a broken bulb is very unlikely to pose a health hazard. For it to be dangerous you would need to break many bulbs at the same time in a small, unventilated room – which is unlikely to happen.

    Should your Plumen break, follow these simple instructions.

    - Open the windows and air the room.

    - When you return, sweep the broken bulb up using a broom (do not use a vacuum cleaner). Use a wet cloth to wipe up the rest.

    - Place all the parts of the broken Plumen in a plastic bag and close the bag tightly.

    - Then place the bulb in a rigid container (like a cardboard box).

    Recycle the Plumen according to your local recycling requirements.

  • Margaret
    9/20/2011 3:50 PM

    I love the bright colored strings in the picture. can I order those?


  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/20/2011 4:12 PM

    @Margaret Bossier: They are fun, aren't they! I will see if Ciara knows where they can be purchased.

  • Wendy
    9/20/2011 4:25 PM

    @Margaret Bossier: Just a guess, but I believe those are wires, not strings, and they are not a part of the bulb (nor apparently available on Plumen's site), but something that the person had installed in their home.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/21/2011 12:02 AM

    @Margaret Bossier: Ciara has responded that the manufacturer of these colored cords is Nud. Google with caution!

  • Jamie
    4/11/2012 4:02 PM

    I have replaced almost all the light bulbs in my house with CF's. I have found unfortunately, that the bulbs typically do not last as long as the manufacturer claims. I've started writing installation dates on them to see how long they last. I just had a GE CF burn out after just a few months! I contacted them, and they did send a certificate for a free replacement bulb. I love the look of these bulbs, but at $29 apiece, I'd like to have a high degree of confidence that I'll get my money's worth out of them. Is there a manufacturer warranty? What if it burns out after 5 years? 3 years?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    4/14/2012 3:39 PM

    @Jamie: Thanks for sharing your concern. There's a 2 years warranty as long as the faulty bulb is returned and received within two years of delivery.

  • Stan
    10/8/2012 4:52 PM

    Do we know if they are "Dimmable"?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    10/10/2012 11:07 PM

    @Stan Rickert: They're non-dimmable. You can read more info in the DETAILS tab (under the video and photos) on the featured Grommet page.

  •  Ali
    10/11/2012 3:52 PM

    For Jamie: I have heard that CFs can last longer if you install them without touching the glass part of the bulb. Supposedly the oils on your hands can cause the bulb to become hotter at the point of contact and cause that area to burn hotter. I haven't seen any conculsive studies on the subject: however, the bulbs that I have installed while wearing gloves have always seemed to last longer than those installed bare-handed. The one in my porch light has lasted a full year, and that light is on 24-7.


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