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Energy-saving lightbulbs get a designer makeover with Plumen, which uses 80 percent less energy than the traditional incandescent light bulb, lasts eight times longer, and looks good doing it. Designed by Sam Wilkinson for London-based Hulger, the sculptural bulb (available in various voltages, including an Americas-friendly 110-volt version) was recently snapped up by London's Victoria & Albert Museum for its permanent collection. "The name comes from 'plume' -- a bird's show feather, designed to attract attention to a bird’s prowess and beauty," according to Hulger. With a bulb so ripe for display, who needs lampshades?