Here's an inconvenient truth: Those low-energy compact fluorescent lightbulbs we're all supposed to use are usually pretty unsightly. As Nicolas Roope, co-founder of the unconventional English electronics company Hulger, said, “It’s strange that the bulb, an object so synonymous with ideas, is almost entirely absent of imagination.”

So Hulger collaborated with designer Sam Wilkinson to create the "world's first designer low-energy light bulb." Their creation, the Plumen, was released today. The Plumen features two elegant interlocking fluorescent tubes, uses 80 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb, and is expected to last for eight years. Given its gorgeous design, you'll be happy to have it around.


For now, the Plumen is only available in the United Kingdom and Europe. It should be coming to the United States soon.