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Bright idea? Artist invents a wooden light bulb

Bright idea? Artist invents a wooden light bulb

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Using a technique known as Rokuro, artist Ryosuke Fukusada carves out a safe, working light bulb.

Now here´s yet another example of how LEDs simply put incandescent bulbs to shame.

This wooden light bulb was created using an ancient carving technique known as Rokuro, in which a layer of wood is created by chipping it down to its absolute thinnest point. The artist, Ryosuke Fukusada, then wrapped the shell around a light bulb.

As an Eco-friendly decoration piece, the handiwork alone is impressive enough. Even the socket is made from recycled aluminum. But since LED lights generate very little heat, the bulb is also fully functional. Without the risk of the bulb catching on fire, the effect you´re left with is a soft, relaxed glow that can illuminate a room.

Fukusada´s Wooden Light Bulb concept was the winning entry in the Kyoto Renaissance design competition and is still under development. His purpose was to design something that would "achieve the mix of modern design and traditional craft technique."

If anything though, it´s an illuminating demonstration of how LED technology keeps heat and energy use to a minimum.

(via Fukusada Design)

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Tuan Nguyen

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Contributing Editor Tuan C. Nguyen is a freelance science journalist based in New York City. He has written for the U.S. News and World Report, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC News, AOL, Yahoo! News and LiveScience. Formerly, he was reporter and producer for the technology section of He holds degrees from the University of California Los Angeles and the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure