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

Bulb 2.0: Homage to a (Once) Timeless Design

Not that there's anything particularly wrong with the soft serve style of traditional CFLs, but we sort of love the overly cutesy nature of the Bulb 2.0, a compact fluorescent shaped lamp with the faux filament of a traditional incandescent lightbulb. It's both a nod to Edison in an era when his most famous invention… » 8/13/08 1:16pm 8/13/08 1:16pm

ESL Bulbs Are Better Than CFLs and LEDs, Says Company

Another contender has stepped into the ring of energy efficient lighting: called ESL (electron-stimulated luminescence), this new type of bulb works by using accelerated electrons to light up a phosphor coating on the inside of a glass bulb. ESLs can turn on instantly, can work with dimmers, and creates a light… » 8/02/08 5:00pm 8/02/08 5:00pm

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 And this triumph of the CFL has been archived for future historians in the most permanent record known to our culture: a T-shirt.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

Viatek CFL Makes Your Rooms Brighter, Less Smelly

If you've ever thought of your light bulb as a serious underachiever without enough features, maybe it's time to spring for Viatek's new Ionic 15 watt compact fluorescent. This bulb pulls double duty, both brightening up your life and cleansing the air, all the while saving you money on your electric bill. The CFL… » 4/12/08 7:30pm 4/12/08 7:30pm

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Are The New Hotel Robe

While hotels are used to catering to the shady sides of society—there's good reason that rooms are void of blacklight fixtures and stocked to the gills with plenty of cheap towels—they are not used to appeasing eco-conscious thieves. According to Montana's page on energy efficient CFLs, "building owners, hotel… » 3/02/08 10:29am 3/02/08 10:29am

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

IKEA Recycles Old CFL Bulbs for Free

If you've made the switch from incandescent light bulbs to CFLs in order to be more energy/money efficient, one issue possibly plaguing your otherwise greener conscience is where to recycle it after it goes cold in about seven years, since it can't be recycled with glass bottles, thanks to its mercury content. IKEA to… » 11/01/07 1:00am 11/01/07 1:00am

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