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

Picking The Right Compact Fluorescent Light For Every Room of Your Home

We have all heard about how it pays to go green when you ditch your power guzzling incandescent bulbs for money saving, eco-friendly CFLs-but have you given any thought to what type of CFLs work best in a particular room? Wired has, which is why they came up with a guide that covers the best lighting solutions for… » 6/25/08 6:00pm 6/25/08 6:00pm