The Bulb Flashlight charges itself while in use to provide three hours of emergency light, and can even be disconnected and used as a torch.
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When an electricity cut happens, homeowners can find themselves fumbling around in the dark trying to remember where they left the flashlight, never mind the batteries needed to operate it. The Bulb Flashlight charges itself while in use to provide four hours of emergency light, and can even be disconnected and used as a torch.
Designed by Lin Guohui for the Museum of Modern Art Store in New York, the 6W bulb produces the same illumination as a standard 40W incandescent alternative and can be screwed into existing sockets. The lightbulb features its own backup supply of energy, which is charged when it’s connected to a socket. In the case of a blackout, the bulb uses its stored energy to offer light for up to four hours without mains electricity. The low-heat device can also be unscrewed, extended, and carried as a flashlight.
Available for USD 45 exclusively at the MoMA store, the bulb is an expensive, but more practical alternative to the unreliable dollar store flashlight. As the cost of LED lighting continues to fall, could we see this kind of device become a standard in the home?