Flipping the Switch: The Low Energy Light Bulb Re-Imagined
Ever wonder what it’s like being in the same family as a legend? We could wait a few years and ask Blue Ivy for the exclusive first interview OR we can check out the second coming of designer low energy lighting with the Plumen 002. Yup, this is the bulb you want to see pop up over your head with a little “ding” next time you have a bright idea.
Being touted as your everyday light bulb completely re-imagined, Plumen 002 comes from the same London-based company that created the world’s first designer low energy bulb: the Plumen 001. Their original go offered an eco-friendlier alternative to lighting in a design that MoMA and The Smithsonian were big fans of. We are big fans of the fact that the 002 requires less than 25 percent of the energy required to power the 30W incandescent bulbs it’s setting out to replace.
So now you know the Plumen 002 will help you save on your energy bill and your consumption, but let’s take a second to talk about how pretty it is, shall we? While the 001 was a filament fill-in for 60W incandescent bulbs, the 002 is meant to set the mood with a more mellow glow for rooms you want to bathe in a warmer, softer light. Think: bedroom, dining room, near the couch that you do your most cuddling on — you get the picture.
The Plumen 002 is currently on Kickstarter and has almost doubled its original goal with plans to start shipping to backers as soon as this summer. A $30 pledge gets you one of the first models off the production line, but we would be tempted to pitch in $60 for a Plumen 002 plus pendant. In colors like red, blue, grey and black (copper is an extra $10) you can incorporate a hanging light fixture anywhere in your home that is in need of making a statement — something along the lines of: “Hello, people, I’m stylish and environmentally aware!”
What bulbs do you buy? Have you made the switch to energy-efficient lighting in your home? What do you think of the Plumen 002? Light up the comments below ;)
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.