Ingo Maurer Lucellino

Ingo Maurer Lucellino

“What a sick idea to eliminate an icon like the light bulb”
-Ingo Maurer

When we were in Munich this spring and ran into Ingo Maurer the discussion regarding the new European regulations to ban the incandescent bulb by September were heated.

Never one to just accept things passively, Ingo Maurer was using his showroom to demonstrate how silly the new rules are.

I’ll never forget his display of the charming Lucellino desk lamps outfitted with squiggly compact fluorescent lamps. Horrid!

“At some point somebody decided that the frosted light bulb was our enemy inefficient and a hazard to the environment, so they lobbied to banish its beauty into extinction.

Disgusted with the alternatives we created a new efficient bulb technology – an innovativeĀ  24V halogen which thumbs its nose at the new legislation. Greener than its predecessor, it possesses the same frosty white light we have known and loved, and it is coming to a reality near you, sooner than you think. In fact, it’s already shipping.Be happy, the future is warm, bright, and friendlier than ever. You can thank us later.”

Ingo Maurer and Team – 2009

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4 Responses to “Ingo Maurer and the Ban on Incandescent Bulbs”

  • “possesses the same frosty white light ”
    Frosted halogens will be banned straight away too (see regulation)
    - so maybe Ingo has fitted his famous light bulb condom to the halogens to make them frosted!
    Incidentally, halogens have a whiter light than ordinary bulbs and look slightly different, so not quite the same… still, great news!

    Europeans and Americans choose to buy ordinary light bulbs around 9 times out of 10 (light industry data 2007-8)
    Banning what people want gives the supposed savings – no point in banning an impopular product!

    If new LED lights -or improved CFLs- are good,
    people will buy them – no need to ban ordinary light bulbs (little point).
    If they are not good, people will not buy them – no need to ban ordinary light bulbs (no point).
    The arrival of the transistor didn’t mean that more energy using radio tubes had to be banned… they were bought less anyway.

    For many reasons the overall savings end up small http://www.ceolas.net/#li171x
    All about the strange EU and industrial politics behind the ban http://www.ceolas.net/#li1ax

  • Jeanne Gilder

    In the new Ingo Maurer catalog I got at his showroom in Munich, it says the frosted bulbs (running with 24 volts) for the Lucellino etc won’t be banished. Some exception because of low-voltage?

  • Correct! As of yesterday it was the 100W incandescent bulb that was banned.