High Intensity (Low Impact) Lamps

Attractive, portable fluorescent lamps are metaefficient — they allow you to light a room using as little as 10W. See our reviews of the latest compact fluorescent bulbs. Pictured here is a lamp by Foscarini. Available from YLighting. See also Ambient Direct.

Recycled Seville Glass Lamp

This intriguing table lamp is crafted in Spain out of recycled glass, and it’s topped by a white burlap shade. Great use of sustainable materials. Note that this piece has outside European wiring due to the delicacy of the glass. The cord does not run through the inside of the lamp; instead, it comes out of the top and can …

TA-KE Floor Lamp

This “TA-KE” floor lamp is one of many affordable, asian-style lamps available from Shojidecor. Light on resources, it is made of thick rice paper with a satin steel finished base. Available for $89 in five colors from Shojidecor.

Kago Matchstick Lamp

This Kago Lamp has a natural matchstick weave. Available from Oriental Furniture for $24.

Enlighten Lamps: Bamboo and Reclaimed Teak

Enlighten makes lamps using sustainable woods like bamboo and reclaimed teak. The artist, Deaw Intawong, has a rustic-contemporary approach to design. The lamps are handmade in Thailand and fair traded. They are available from YuzuMura for $70.

Aurelle LED Candles by Philips

These Aurelle LED Candles were recently introduced by Philips. They are similar to Candela Rechargeable Lamps, but use less toxic NIMH batteries instead of NiCads. These lamps actually flicker like a real candle (I’m not sure if I’d want that or not). They last six hours on a charge, and come with a recharging base. More information from Philips. A …

Rice Paper Whirl Lamp by Adesso

This lamp by Adesso has a fan-shaped, bamboo-ribbed, collapsible rice paper shade that stands 28″ tall. The metaefficiency comes through the use of bamboo and rice paper, both very light and renewable. Can be fitted with a CFL, if you like. Available for $87 from Contemporary Furniture Online.

Energy Monitoring “Flower Lamp”

This is a lamp that “blooms” when the energy consumption in your house has been low for some time, thus giving you tangible feedback. More details: WorldChanging

Efficient Booklight: LightWedge LED

The LightWedge is another LED book light. We like the night vision-friendly red LED illumination version. The light has two illumination modes, and can be changed at a touch. If it were not made of acrylic, it would be that much more meta-efficient. Takes four AAA batteries. Thanks to Thomas for the tip. Available from: Amazon

LED Booklight with Flexible Neck

This booklight has a flexible neck that works well to illuminate the entire page. It uses a single bright LED bulb. I accidentally left this light on and it was still burning bright after about 40 hours. It takes AAA batteries including rechargeables. Available from: Always Something Brilliant ($28.95)