You can usually see the lamp in lanterns. Traditionally, therefore, lamps that are attractive to look at have been used. For Nautic, this has meant the incandescent squirrel cages. Politicians are going to ban squirrel cages. What to do? Erik spent four years researching an alternative. It is now available as the Caret Squirrel Cage lamp that replaces the wire in an incandescent lamp with loops of cold cathode tube. The light it casts is wonderfully warm. It will be the saviour of all existing, and future, lanterns. That is why it is so important. Because, if you don’t use these, what are you going to use?
Those who visited Tekna at the fair (Nautic is one of Tekna's brands) will have immediately understood the excitement, because the entire stand was lit using the Caret lamps!
They produce a good amount of light (350lm) that is wonderfully warm (2300K), and they can be dimmed (with a compatible dimmer).
They are energy-saving (EU Energy group A -- the most energy-efficient) and are rated to last 25,000 hours, so they can be put in locations which are difficult to access.
What is more, they look great. Sometimes an amateur photo is more helpful than a professional image, so here is the Caret lamp (plus Cheryl's hand) photographed in our offices:
So, what's not to like?!
The most obvious use is in lanterns like Nautic's own Fullham:
but they are also ideal for the long-running trend in bars for lots of naked light bulbs randomly hung, which will look fine for as long as incandescent lamps are available, but which will be pants afterwards, unless the Caret is used. CFLis look terrible, as do LED replacement GLS lamps (the classic light bulb shape), plus both cast that clammy, grey light -- hardly festive!
Nautic proved how well the Caret lamp works in such a setting by having lots of them on the stand, hanging from the Thorn Pete retro antique bronze-finished rod and lamp holder that they have introduced for this purpose:
and there is also a Thorn Pete wall light:
The Caret lamp currently only comes in the large squirrel cage format. However, Tekna showed a thrilling cluster of Ilford XL pendants...
...staggered as if down a stairwell. These large lanterns (H935mm) now have four continuous thin cold cathode tubes, like the ones in the Caret lamp, running their full length.
But the greatest excitement is for a candle lamp version, which can be used in the world's chandeliers. They are currently being developed for a very distinguished family who have a lot of palaces....
From now on, all Nautic luminaires that would have shipped with an incandescent squirrel cage lamp will now come with a Caret lamp unless the squirrel cage is specified.
The development of the Caret lamp was a massive investment of time and money by Erik Huysmans of Tekna, that took him four years. But now, in the pantheon of great names associated with the electric lamp, Edison...
...is now joined by Erik: