“Shades of Shame’s” Energy Savings Week Invites Inefficient Lighting


There’s nothing wrong with a terribly tacky, little bit kitsch lampshade from circa 1961. And you shouldn’t be embarrassed with that lightbulb that has sat in the fixture so long it’s of a voltage that’s no longer made.

In fact they should be celebrated. And now is the perfect time to do so as it’s Energy Savings Week.

We want to see your shameful shade. Send us a picture of your most shamefully inefficient lamp or light-fitting and win a super-cool, eco light from Plumen.

Ever heard of a Plumen? Soon to become a household name, a Plumen is perhaps one of the most cleverest inventions to grace a room’s presence. It’s a beautiful, brilliantly designed lightbulb that can illuminate even the darkest of places with barely any energy.

As the Plumen lot say, don’t hide your bulb behind a piece of utility, put your bulb on show.

So show us your shades and the most shameful will become the lucky new owner of the world’s first designer light bulb.

Katherine Hui
Katherine Hui is currently the Social site editor at Green Thing, a web-based public service in London that inspires people to lead greener lives through creative content.

Before this, she worked as the Development Manager at Social Innovation Camp, an organization that encourages people to use web and mobile-based technology to mobilise social change. She oversaw 300 ideas submission and helped build 20 prototypes – five of which have gone on to get further funding or investment.

Katherine’s came over to the UK form Canada in 2007 for an MSc program at the London School of Economics. Before arriving in London, she managed a small environmental start-up in Vancouver called the Canadian Climate Change Alliance.

Katherine is football mad. She is a loyal supporter of Arsenal FC, plays for Islington Borough Ladies FC and coaches for Gunners in Islington in her spare time. Her second favourite hobby is kite surfing and she can sometimes be found chasing the wind.
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