LED lights come in a variety of, 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?