A Simple Way To Make a Compact Fluorescent Bulb Less Ugly

Compact fluorescent bulbs might be magnitudes more energy-efficient than their incandescent counterparts, but they're also all kinds of industrial and ugly looking. And if you don't have a lamp or fixture that hides them under a shade, consider Guus Oosterbaans' approach to making them considerably less of an eyesore. » 8/19/13 6:20pm 8/19/13 6:20pm

If All CFLs Looked Like This Brain Bulb, I Might Actually Use Them

When it comes to Compact Fluorescent Lamps, I'm with Colbert: they take too damn long to get to full brightness, and the light it gives off is weird. But if they all looked as cool as the Insight Lamp, a brain-shaped concept CFL, I'd probably reconsider my stance. According to designers Igor and Maria Soloyov, the… » 3/10/11 6:20pm 3/10/11 6:20pm

Flat Light Bulbs Are an Incandescent Innovation

The world may be moving on to CFLs » 11/05/08 3:30pm 11/05/08 3:30pm, but at least one designer is still thinking about how to improve the classic incandescent bulb. Joonhuyn Kim's concept is simple: flat bulbs take up less space and make them easier (and cheaper) to store and transport. A great idea, if not a little late. Perhaps makers of soft-serve…

Question of the Day: Have You Made the Switch to CFLs?

Given the focus on "greenness" and energy efficiency these days, you have probably been bombarded with messages about tossing out your old incandescent bulbs for CFLs » 10/09/08 5:00pm 10/09/08 5:00pm. It is definitely an easy way to save a few bucks on your electric bill, but in many cases there can be a trade-off in light quality. This has become…

Brendan Koerner Teaches Stephen Colbert About CFLs and the Environment

Friend of Giz and contributing editor Brendan I. Koerner was on the Colbert Report last night to school Stephen on ways to save the environment. Koerner discussed the paper/plastic debate, using air conditioning vs. windows, and whether it's cheaper to buy CFLs or regular bulbs. Colbert let the green-concious Koerner… » 8/01/08 7:00pm 8/01/08 7:00pm

'CFL FTW' Illuminates the Tragedy Behind Lightbulb Progress

Poor incandescent bulbs. They had about 100+ years of dominance, but now it's the era of energy-efficient compact fluorescent. And this triumph of the CFL has been archived for future historians in the most permanent record known to our culture: a T-shirt. If you'd like to see this clever garment actually be produced,… » 6/16/08 5:00pm 6/16/08 5:00pm

Afternoon News: Give Gifts on Wii, Get a Cheap Mylo, New Light Bulbs…

• Dealzmodo: Sign up for a Sony Visa card, get a Mylo for $49 and one free year of T-Mobile Hotspot service. Our own Chris Mascari said it best: "Kinda makes me wish I wanted a Mylo." [Sony]
• The Wii Shop now lets you send Virtual Console games to friends as gifts. First person to send me Super Mario 64 gets a gold… » 12/10/07 4:00pm 12/10/07 4:00pm

Halloween CFLs Keep You Spooky AND Eco-Friendly

When decorating this Halloween, there's no reason to throw out your Gizmodo-sharpened electronics mind. On the contrary, Halloween is your time to shine. Literally. Just check out these Halloween-themed compact fluorescents. The 13W bulbs run 2 for $9 (one black, one orange), and will last you every Halloween for the… » 10/12/07 11:03am 10/12/07 11:03am