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