Editors’ Choice: Herman Miller Lights the Way

Jan. 22, 2007
The Buildings editorial staff tests out the Leaf Personal Light and rates it based on energy efficiency, functionality, life-cycle cost, and design/aesthetics.

Leaf Personal Light

The Leaf Personal Light, designed by Yves Béhar of San Francisco-based fuseproject for Herman Miller Inc., Zeeland, MI, uses innovative LED technology (a combination of blue-white and yellow-white LED chips that provide “cool” or “warm” illumination) to bring the human touch to lighting. Manage lighting intensity, color, and on/off by simply touching the task light’s intuitive controls; when turned on again later, the unit retains previous color and intensity settings. The blades of the Leaf’s spirited design are thin and sculptural; five colors coordinate with a variety of settings. Most importantly, this energy-efficient product uses only 8 to 9 watts of power, or 40-percent less than a compact-fluorescent bulb. Leaf is designed for the office, as well as living areas, and has a substantially longer life than conventional light sources - up to 100,000 hours of use.

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