The Graphite Pendant has been a long time coming and we are so excited to be adding a missing piece to the Porcelain range.
Until now we have focused on the purity and robust qualities of wooden and brass materials for our products. However, the time has come to roll out the red carpet to a new textured, futuristic minimalism.
Today we celebrate all the wonderful Mothers out there. For this special #TalaTeam blog post I decided to chat to Raluca, one of the two mothers at Tala head office.
She sings along to our playlists, knows how to have fun and speaks so highly of her beautiful son Rafay.
Raluca, my lovely, how are you and what is your role at Tala?
I am great thank you! My role at Tala is Operations Assistant.
How has your 2018 kicked off? Everything running smoothly in the Operations department of Tala HQ? I had a great start of the year, I've set myself some new personal resolutions which I hope I will complete this year. At work we had quite a tense start in our tiny operations team, due to the increased demand for our amazing products but we worked our way through it and achieved a state of equilibrium :)
Before we get into this epic interview with Blaize, I'd like to introduce myself as Issey, Community Manager for Tala. Starting today, I'll be interviewing the Tala Team regularly so you can get to know more about our amazing staff and what their roles at Tala entail. Bring on #TeamTala!
“LED technology has enabled us to challenge the form of the light bulb and push the boundaries of mouth-blown glass for the first time. The Voronoi III encapsulates the future of LED lighting and embodies the mission we are undertaking at Tala to create exquisite products that have a positive impact.”
Joe Armitage - Design Director
A year in the making, we’re finally ready to launch our latest light; and it’s nothing else you've seen before. Lets take a look at the incredible journey our design and engineering teams have been on for the last 12 months.
Studying the way light travels through the branches of the trees became the core focus in this design process. We created a 3D model of the pattern in resin, after smoothing down its edges to simulate natural erosion over time. This process took a year to master. To recreate the voronoi pattern our designers introduced a custom singular spiral of LED filament through a central column of the bulb.
As a conscious consumer, you might already know what's in your make-up, who makes your clothes and where your carrots come from. But have you ever thought about your light bulbs the same way you do about those life essentials?
The light bulbs you choose for your home can have a huge impact on your carbon footprint. Here, we break down some of the factors to help you make the right choice.
What’s the difference between LED and incandescent bulbs I hear you ask?
The way LEDs (Light-emitting diodes) convert electricity into light is very different from incandescent lighting. As electrons travel along our LED filaments, they pass through semiconductors, which convert the energy into light. This produces only a very small amount of heat - mostly light. By comparison, incandescent lighting requires electrons to force their way along narrow wires, heating the wire up until it glows red hot. This wastes 90% of the energy as heat!
(If you’re more of a definition kind of human here they are..)
LED - Light Emitting Diodes
1. a light-emitting diode (a semiconductor diode which glows when a voltage is applied).
"light sources can be fluorescent tubes, optical fibres, or LEDs"
light-emitting diode: a device that produces a light, especially on electronic equipment.
1. emitting light as a result of being heated.
Why are Tala bulbs better for the environment?
Tala bulbs only use 10% of the energy required by their incandescent counterparts. Over its life time, using a Tala bulb instead of a traditional incandescent prevents 1 tonne of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.
One Tala bulb is also able to do the work of roughly 25 incandescent bulbs over its lifetime. This is because they last around 10-15 years. Imagine all of the material waste you can save in a century and how much you will be benefiting the environment and most of all your own household sustainability credentials.
Why do I need a Tala bulb in my home?
Our lights produce a warm, instant light (yes, they’re also dimmable), that perfectly imitates the warmth of the original Edison bulb. Your Tala bulb will pay for itself in 6-9 months and help decrease your energy bills instantly - no joke!
What’s a cool fact about a Tala bulb?
Our components are carefully chosen and purposefully handmade for the quality and design of our products.
Our bulbs also plant trees. We, as Tala, support reforestation in both US and the UK by planting 10 trees for every 200 products sold... To date we have planted 11,466 trees and expect this number to rise substantially over the next few years as the business continues to grow.
How much do Tala Bulbs cost?
Our bulbs start at £11.00 for a classic, everyday bulb. The Feature and Design bulbs range from around £25-£129 retail.
Our Classic and Feature collections are our most popular bulbs used in residential, retail and hospitality projects around the world. You would have definitely sat next to or read underneath a Tala bulb if you live or have visited the UK.
If you are ready to switch off your incandescents and turn on your LEDs you can find us on our website talaled.com, or in Heal’s, John Lewis, Selfridges, Aria, & Anthropologie.
Super cool fact: We ensure that our bulbs don’t flicker (even when paired with dimmers).. So hopefully there’ll be no more spooky occurrences in your home.. or will there?
Kilowatt - a measure of one thousand watts of electrical power.
Ampere / Amp - a unit of electric current equal to a flow of one coulomb per second.
Lumen - a measure of the total quantity of visible light emitted by a source.
Filament - a conducting wire or thread with a high melting point, forming part of an electric bulb or thermionic valve and heated or made incandescent by an electric current.
Watts - the rate of consumption of energy in an electric circuit where the potential difference is one volt and the current one ampere.
Voltage - electromotive force or potential difference expressed in volts.
CRI - Colour Rendering Index - a quantitative measure of the ability of a light source to reveal the colours of various objects faithfully, in comparison with an ideal or natural light source.