The world is changing rapidly with new products and services such as Uber and Nest combining great customer experience while reducing environmental impact. The lighting industry has improved energy efficiency somewhat but has failed to improve the experience of users. The result of 100 years of planned obsolescence has led to six billion light bulbs thrown away every year while the drive for lower costs has restricted potential energy savings.
Blume has developed a range of ultra efficient, long lasting lamps that can be fully upgraded and remanufactured, reusing at least 95 per cent of their content with each build cycle. By providing them as either a service or an upgradeable purchase, the products remain at the highest level of efficiency while minimising the energy and materials used in manufacturing, making the light bulbs the most sustainable available.
So users have fantastic, reliable lighting while energy used in operation is reduced by over 25 per cent (compared with other LED products) and material waste and related manufacturing energy and carbon emissions are reduced by up to 99 per cent.
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