Creative lamps and light fixtures have become almost ubiquitous but few lighting designers have tackled the much more obvious and simple question of incandescent light bulbs themselves, the classic form of which has remained essentially the same for ages.

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Offbeat incandescent light bulb design

With a slight twist on a traditional bulb these designers have made the leap from ordinary to extraordinary, creating a puzzling optical illusion for people who see the light yet cannot imagine how it might be hanging (or sitting) let alone charging.

The best part about it is that with the bulb as the center of attention you can transform an ordinary lighting fixture into a central artistic design object within a room, a much cheaper approach to home decor than buying a complicated ceiling light or clever table lamp. Best of all, these bulbs are relatively cheap, portable, replaceable and easy to install – and can be easily purchased at online home design stores including Charles & Mari.

Offbeat incandescent light bulb design double socket

You can also buy this bulb at Japan Trend Shop. Here’s their description of the product:

“Here is a light with no fuss and plenty of fun. Why have only one screw base when you can have two? The Lamp/Lamp from HH Style is simple yet chic, and will make you think twice about standard interior lighting This clever lamp works perfectly on its own as a spotlight or nightlight, or pair it with your existing lamp to brighten up your home in a unique way. Designed by Hironao Tsuboi, the optional stand (in black or white) means the Lamp Lamp can also be used on any table, desk or other flat surface to provide that striking illumination touch.”

Offbeat incandescent light bulb design fun lamp

The Lamp Lamp Bulb by HH Style features:

  • Designed by Hironao Tsuboi
  • 100V, 30W
  • Size: 7.2 x 4.5cm (2.8 x 1.8″)
  • Includes: lamp bulb (E28, 1.8W)
  • Add desk base stand
  • Base color: black, white
  • Instructions: Japanese only
  • Made in Japan