Throwing away useless junk should seem like a sensible solution to clutter. We all know the properties of floppy disks and cassette tapes as storage devices have been outdated for ten or so years. If you have piles of said items packed away around your house, you have two options: toss out the junk, or create a low-energy eco-friendly lamp.

I was interested to here about the Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition, used to promote and showcase the vast potential of LED lighting. Bright Ideas was hosted by Inhabitat and Philips; they asked designers to create eco-friendly lamps that make smart use of materials that are designed to work with low-energy LED replacement bulbs.

“According to the USGBC, buildings account for 40% of the United States’ carbon footprint, and electric lighting consumes a significant portion of the energy used to power our buildings. It’s clear that we need to pursue energy-efficient lighting alternatives to secure a sustainable future and fortunately the technology is here today. LED bulbs currently available on store shelves can be 5 times more energy-efficient than their incandescent counterparts, and they can last for up to 25,000 hours.”

See design winners here.


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