Sunday, February 18, 2007

eco: where are the brilliant LED lamp designs?

Went to Design Within Reach looking for some lamps. They have lots of OK "mid-century" designs for lamps, but almost every single one is packing a bloody incandescent bulb, one that wastes 95% of its electricity as heat. Have they not learned about compact fluorescents? Go to IKEA and every lamp has a CFL.

What's worse, is where are the LED lamps with brightness adjustability, color mixing, and amazing new forms that take advantage of the featherweight of LEDs? DWR only had two LED lamps, they should have dozens.

There's more technology in a $35 Black Diamond LED headlamp for the outdoors than in any lamp in the entire store. Pathetic! I guess "designers" only know how to mount a conventional bulb socket onto their creations. Actually mastering LED circuitry and electronic controls is too hard for them.

As I said before, Design without engineering is bad design, and there's a lot of it out there.

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  • I can sympathize. I wanted to replace my broken Luxo desk lamp with an equally bright LED lamp - in the end, I had to design and build my own. I'd send you a picture but I don't think this blogware supports it.

    By Anonymous Mike Crist, at March 25, 2007 10:39 PM  

  • I think the right way is not to try to simulate the original bulbs using LED, perhaps this can be right only for the phase of "transition".
    You can also design LED lamps, working from the beginning to use the light source LED, getting the best.
    We are working at this theme for a couple of years, take a look at:

    By Blogger Vinaccia Integral Design, at October 15, 2009 3:34 AM  

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