British firm Hulger broke out the cigars recently with the announcement of a new addition to its family of stylish, energy-saving CFL bulbs: The Baby Plumen 001.


The new bulb is a petite-sized version of the original Plumen 001, a sculptural, 11-watt beauty dubbed as the “World’s First Designer Energy Saving Light Bulb.” The Sam Wilkinson-designed bulb, officially unveiled stateside last spring to much fanfare at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (and subsequently purchased by this smitten blogger), was the winner of the coveted 2011 Brit Insurance Design of the Year Award. As I’ve mentioned previously, the Plumen is a CLF that looks best naked, not obscured. Or, in the words of team Plumen: “The dynamic, sculptured form contrasts to the dull regular shapes of existing low energy bulbs, in an attempt to make the Plumen a centrepiece, not afterthought."


Baby plumen 101Baby Plumen 001 is a 9-watt, 40-watt replacement bulb with a lifespan of around 8,000 hours (8 years) and a color temperature of 2700k in. A bit on the intention behind scaling down the original design:


The new compact form gives thousands of new options for shading and accessorising as the proportions work very well with many shades designed for incandescent bulbs. The Baby also works well in combination with the Original Plumen 001 as it’s forms echo one another, creating beautiful harmonies.


For now, the Baby Plumen 001 is currently only available in a 220v version. Translation: it won’t work in the U.S., Canada, Japan and a handful of other countries. However, later this year a 120v version will be released. It appears that pricing for the bulb isn’t too dissimilar from the original Plumen: around $30.


More on the lil’ Baby Plumen 001 over at the official Plumen website. Designboom also recently chatted with doting dad, Hulger’s Nicholas Roope, about the preternaturally good-looking new arrival. Aside from discussing the reasons for releasing a smaller Plumen — " ... the baby version will be a lot easier to make work, particularly in a home environment" — Roope also reveals that in addition to developing news CFLs from a "fresh perspective," Hulger is in the early design stages of working with LED technology.


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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Plumen births an equally stylish Baby
The most stylish CLF gets a little sibling in the form of the Baby Plumen 001, an 8,000-hour, 40-watt replacement bulb designed to fit more types of lights.