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Tri Terasu's Smart Chandelier LEDs add a touch of class to your LED-lit dinners. They supposedly last for about 10 years, and you can customize them too.

Tri Terasu's Smart Chandelier LED lights
Tri Terasu's Smart Chandelier LED lights are meant to add class to your lighting. Tim Hornyak/CNET

NAGOYA, Japan--Tired of your standard LED light bulbs? Japan's Tri Terasu wants you to try its Smart Chandelier LEDs, which look like a bunch of inverted miniskyscrapers.

LED lights come in a variety of colors and formats, and funky shapes aren't new. Tri Terasu says no one else is making lights like its low-intensity chandelier bulbs.

The screw-in bulbs are made of acrylic material with pock marks in the branches, which are designed to ensure a more even distribution of light. They come in three basic models, Long/V, Long/F, and Middle/F, with either concave or flat tips. The ad below shows them up close.

Intended to add a touch of class to lighting solutions, the bulbs won a Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization Good Design Award this year.

Based in Akihabara, Tokyo, Tri Terasu is a signage and lighting company, and it can also create custom shapes for the light bulbs, for instance topping the bulb with a corporate logo.

The 3.1-watt bulbs are supposed to last 40,000 hours, or about 10 years. They come in yellow and blue-white, their color temperature is 3,000 or 5,500 K, and the flux is a mere 150 to 155 lumens. The company doesn't say what sort of conventional bulb the Smart Chandelier is supposed to replace, but it must be something pretty dim.

The lights hit the market in Japan a few weeks ago, selling online for 5,250 yen each (about $64). They're being used in places like Nagoya's Centrair Airport, where I spotted them.

The little low-light skyscrapers seem right for subdued environments. Anyone fancy an LED-lit dinner?