Flat Lightbulb Solves all Thomas Edison’s Problems with Two Cuts

When I think of light bulbs, I think of how hot they are, how they give me light at night, and how easy they are to break! From Joonhuyn Kim, displayed at the 2008 100% Design Tokyo, here is “Flat Bulb.” Better for stacking and shipping, no rolling away on you, and the best: aesthetically ironic. Simply fantastic!

But why not make a bulb with a whacky new shape, you may ask? Well, let me tell you, we discussed this sort of thing way back a few weeks ago when we spoke about the [LED Light Bulb]; at length. The truth of the matter is: light bulbs that are innovative, cheap, energy efficient, and every wonderful thing you can imagine, still sells less units than the bulbs with the classic light bulb shape, by a lot!

So, lets see if a certain blue-and-yellow Swedish “home products retailer” picks this design up so I can just hop on over to the Mall of America and pick one up! Or better yet, a bunch.

EDIT: Originally this post was titled “Flat Lightbulb Solves all Benjamin Franklin’s Problems with Two Cuts” until our friendly Jason told me that it makes much more sense to use the inventor of the light bulb for the title, not the harnesser of electricity. Thus Thomas Edison replaces ol’ Ben.

Designer: Joonhuyn Kim [ Via Gizmodo & Designboom ]

96 Comments

  • Thomas says:

    Edison worked to help make it more efficient.

    He never said anything in the article about Edison creating it.

    • Tom says:

      " EDIT: Originally this post was titled “Flat Lightbulb Solves all Benjamin Franklin’s Problems with Two Cuts” until our friendly Jason told me that it makes much more sense to use the inventor of the light bulb for the title, not the harnesser of electricity. Thus Thomas Edison replaces ol’ Ben."

      Inventor – creator of. You could have just read the article and saved me the hassle of quoting it to you.

  • Thomas says:

    Edison worked to help make it more efficient.

    He never said anything in the article about Edison creating it.

    • Tom says:

      ” EDIT: Originally this post was titled “Flat Lightbulb Solves all Benjamin Franklin’s Problems with Two Cuts” until our friendly Jason told me that it makes much more sense to use the inventor of the light bulb for the title, not the harnesser of electricity. Thus Thomas Edison replaces ol’ Ben.”

      Inventor – creator of. You could have just read the article and saved me the hassle of quoting it to you.

  • Guest says:

    OK technically Edison didn't invent the light bulb. He did, however, perfect it and successfully market it. So he rightly gets a lot of credit.

  • Guest says:

    OK technically Edison didn't invent the light bulb. He did, however, perfect it and successfully market it. So he rightly gets a lot of credit.

  • ….. actually there were a list of 22 others before Swan or Edison, check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_lightbulb%27s_tr… !!

  • ….. actually there were a list of 22 others before Swan or Edison, check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_lightbulb%27s_tr… !!

  • bob says:

    Light distribution issues?

  • bob says:

    Light distribution issues?

  • derp says:

    Edison invented the incandescent lightbulb, but lightbulbs had been around for a while – he made it a bit more useful.

  • derp says:

    Edison invented the incandescent lightbulb, but lightbulbs had been around for a while – he made it a bit more useful.

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