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This should be front page news!!

Royal Philips NV this month announced that it has developed an LED light that is a lot more efficient and cost effective than the best fluorescents on the market.

What’s the big deal?

Well, think about all the places around you that are illuminated by the fluorescents that we now consider energy saving: hospitals, schools, supermarkets, public buildings, malls. That’s a lot!
This prototype that is designed to replace fluorescent tubes is twice as efficient as what it will be replacing.
I can’t do the math, but looking at this I can see that we are in for a major change in what we call energy efficient lighting.

Press Release. Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) announces a new innovation in LED lighting, creating the world’s most energy-efficient LED lamp suitable for general lighting applications. Philips researchers developed a tube lighting (TL) replacement TLED prototype that produces a record 200 lumens per watt of high-quality white light (compared with 100lm/W for fluorescent lighting and just 15lm/W for traditional light bulbs). This prototype TLED lamp is twice as efficient as predecessor lamps, basically halving the energy used.

With lighting accounting for more than 19% of the world’s total electricity consumption, this innovation promises to drive massive energy and cost savings across the globe. The 200lm/W TLED lamp is expected to hit the market in 2015 for office and industry applications before ultimately being used in the home.

The new TLED prototype lamp from Philips marks the first time that lighting engineers have been able to reach 200lm/W efficiency without compromising on light quality1, with all parameters required to meet the stringent requirements for office lighting. “This again is a major breakthrough in LED lighting and will further drive the transformation of the lighting industry,” explains Rene van Schooten, CEO Light Sources & Electronics for Philips Lighting. “After being recognized for our quality of LED light (mimicking traditional light bulbs) to creating new experience with Philips Hue (the connected light system for the home), we now present the next innovative step in doubling lighting efficiency. It’s exciting to imagine the massive energy and cost savings it will bring to our planet and customers.”

Significant energy and cost savings
The TLED lamps are intended to replace fluorescent tube lighting used in office and industry, which currently account for more than half of the world’s total lighting. Conversion to the twice-as-efficient 200lm/W TLED lamps will generate significant energy and cost savings.

In the US alone, for example, fluorescent lights consume around 200 terawatts-hours of electricity annually. If these lights were all replaced with 200lm/W TLEDs, the US would use around 100 terawatts-hours less energy (equivalent to 50 medium sized power plants) saving more than US$12 billion and preventing around 60 million metric tons of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.2

Philips creates the world’s most energy-efficient warm white LED lamp

First LED lamp prototype delivering 200 lumen per watt high quality light, halving the energy use compared to current LED lamps
This new LED innovation from Philips underlines the value and power of its lighting business, bringing together its expertise in LED technology, lamps, applications and systems. Market leading innovations from Philips Lumileds, as in phosphor technology and blue LEDs, together contribute to the high quality of light and advances in efficiency.

1 Comfortable, workable light requires a color temperature of 3000–4000 kelvins, a color rendering index of at least 80, and an R9 saturated red level of no less than 20
2 U.S. Department of Energy report January 2012: Energy savings potential of solid-state lighting in general illumination applications

For further information, please contact:
Jeannet Harpe
Philips Lighting
Tel: +31 6 53722221

Marieke van Wichen
Philips Research
Tel: +31 621163537


My New Flame

Just returned from another visit at the Ingo Maurer showroom in Munich. Such an inspiration!

The most intriguing new introduction was definitely the LED candle My New Flame.

The candle itself is a thin strip of circuit board. Beautiful in its industrial simplicity. The astonishing part is how life-like the flame flickers. Just like the real thing, just that this candle never burns down!


Ingo Maurer Kokoro

The Kokoro table lamp by Ingo Maurer is at once dramatic and poetic.
I took this photo in the Ingo Maurer showroom in Munich back in March.
In the background you see the Lampampe table lamp on the floor.





Vintage Industrial Pendant Light

Think I have to take a spontaneous trip to Italy right now!

Just stumbled across these photos of a wonderful showroom. Want to visit it NOW!

I just love the white-on-white decor. Could NEVER pull it off in my own home, but enjoy fantasizing about leisurely  times in luxurious linens, no dogs in bed!!

I especially enjoy the combination of the rustic vintage light and the elegant linen.

We will soon be featuring a great collection of vintage lights in our showroom.
I’ll let you know!


Low Budget Lighting

Yesterday I stumbled across these charming lights in the neat store Free People in Houston. The whole store had a wonderful feeling of spring with delicate colorful branches and petals hanging in the air.

Great low-budget lighting idea!

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Ingo Maurer Zettel'z

Last week we visited the fabulous Ingo Maurer showroom in Munich. As always it was a treat!


FLOS: Zeppelin

Flos Zeppelin

The Zeppelin Chandelier, designed by Marcel Wanders for Italian lighting company FLOS is always stunning and fits so many different applications.
I saw it in a sophisticated department store in Munich last week and took this photo.
A fine web of resin wraps a large chandelier in its own cocoon and creates a unique effect.



“7 Off the Wall’ is a a quirky new wall light from the Lucellino family by Ingo Maurer.
A  flok of winged bulbs are taking flight, creating this whimsical wall light that was recently introduced at Euroluce in Milan.




On a recent trip to Bern, Switzerland I saw the incredible floor lamp, Cosmic Leaf by Artemide for the first time “in the flesh”. What a beauty!!!
It is one of these lights, where you just have to step closer and even reach out and touch, because it seems unreal.  The fluid form of Cosmic Leaf  is illuminated from a light source in the base that brushes over the meshed skin and makes it glow with an ethereal light.


Ingo Maurer 24 Karat Blau

Ingo Maurer 24 Karat Blau

The 24 karat series is constructed of metal, plastic and gold leaf sealed in plastic .

The genuine gold leaf is beaten to a thickness of 1/10.000 mm (corresponding to 1.000 atomic layers), allowing short-wave blue light to pass through. Yellow-gold light is reflected, giving the inner surface of the lamp a gold appearance when lit while the outer surface is blue.
The shades on this unique pendant light can be arranged in various shapes and angles for a look unique to its owner.