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What is this?

Two twisting, looped glass tubes projecting from a short, tapering black cylindrical housing with threaded metal end for insertion into light bulb socket.

Why is this in our collection?

In response to environmental concerns, the development of low-energy lighting technologies has become a flourishing area of contemporary design and manufacture. The low energy compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) light bulb is rooted in 19th-century technology but has come to the forefront of energy-saving devices available to large numbers of consumers at a relatively low cost since the early 21st century. Compared to incandescent lamps producing the same amount of light, CFLs consume roughly 80% less energy and last about eight times longer. Bulbs with straight- or spiral-form CFL tubes are widely available but are considered purely utilitarian objects—a light source devoid of aesthetic qualities. In 2007,... more

This is a light bulb from United Kingdom. It is dated 2010 and we acquired it in 2011. Gift of Hulger.

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Its medium is

glass, molded abs plastic, wire, electronics

Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 19.2 x 10.5 x 10 cm (7 9/16 x 4 1/8 x 3 15/16 in.)

This object was manufactured by Hulger Design Ltd. and designed by Samuel Wilkinson and Hulger Design Ltd.

This object was donated by Hulger Design Ltd.

The Conservation department has taken one photo of this object.

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18788347/ |title=Light Bulb, "Plumen 001", 2010 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=18 December 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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