Flute Light by Herman Miller designed by Tom Newhouse
At A Glance: This modern desk lamp does more than just maintain Herman Miller's stance on environmentally friendly design - it takes it to a whole new level. Utilizing advanced LED technology, the Flute Lamp costs a mere $1.13 to use for an entire year. Made in the United States, Flute is 85 percent recyclable and has a 24-year lifespan.
Flute's high-output LED chips require no bulb replacement or service over the estimated 24-year life span with average use. So you also save big on small maintenance costs. Flute provides 160 lumens of light, a color temperature of 3500k and a Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 87**, which is plenty - just what you need in a task light. Medium-warm light is emitted, which is friendly to the eyes. It makes your desk visible and clear without being too harsh or bright.
What's To Like: This freestanding desk lamp has a head that swivels 230 degrees from left to right, so you can focus the light where you need it easily. A 360-degree rotating clamp mount option provides the maximum flexibility in light placement. User-friendly in all kinds of ways, including what it weighs: two pounds for the freestanding model, 1.5 pounds for the clamp-mount option. Touch to turn on or off. And with its integrated heat sink, Flute stays cool to the touch, so if you want to pick it up and move it, you won't get burned.
What's Not to Like: The Flute Light isn't meant to illuminate an entire desk's worth of space, so expect to supplement with other lighting. It's bright enough for the area it covers, though.
The Bottom Line: The Herman Miller Flute Light provides a flexible, economical light source for any desk, and looks especially at home in the modern office with its clean, intuitive lines.
**The Color Rendering Index, or CRI, describes how a given light source renders the color of an object. Ranging from a scale of 0 to 100, CRI measures the given light source's ability to reproduce colors of various objects when compared to an ideal or natural light source. The higher the CRI, the better color rendering ability.
Overall: 14" h x 6" diameter base
Made from zinc, steel, aluminum, and plastic
Head swivels 230 degrees from left to right
Provides 160 lumens of LED light
The Herman Miller Flute Light is also known by the following manufacturer item numbers: Y6470, Y6470.91, Y6470.G2, Y6470.MS.
Tom Newhouse "I can't remember a time when I wasn't planning, designing, and building. If our class put on a play, I'd build the set. If something broke, I'd fix it. I've always loved to find out how things work."
Tom credits his father, a self-taught engineer, with nourishing this fascination with the mechanical world. His father always had a logical, rational way of explaining Tom's questions about science and technology. Balancing this pragmatism was his mother, whose sculptures, paintings, and aesthetic sensibilities "showed me a whole other way of looking at the world."
The complementary influences of his parents show through in his designs. They are evident in the passive solar house he built for his family in the mid 1970s. His professional work- exhibits, interiors for the handicapped, lighting, commercial furnishings, kitchen appliances- all testify to his wide-ranging talents and intellectual curiosity.
Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.
In addition to producing some of the most outstanding office furniture in the world, Herman Miller has also taken on the responsibility of manufacturing some of the most celebrated furniture designs by some of the world's most famous designs. These "modern classics" include works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller celebrates these famous mid-century designers' works through its extraordinarily precise manufacturing techniques and industry-leading green production processes.
Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
This little light turns on and off by touching the Herman Miller logo, how cool! It is the sole lighting for my desk in my living room. I wanted something small and interesting looking and this fits the bill. I wouldn't want it brighter but to have more adjustments for the angle of the light might be helpful.
I use the Flute Task Light as my only source of lighting in my Home Office at night. The Light's height and angle delivers the best lighting for reading that I have seen and I can focus on about 3 books or documents directly under it at the same time. Overflow/indirect illumination from the light helps to lightly illuminate my laptop computer's keyboard and other areas in proximity at the same time.
Service and delivery comments:
Delivery was prompt based on the schedule sent by customer service. The product arrived in good condition as a result of appropriate packaging and installation instructions were clear so I had prompt use of the Flute Task Light.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Flute is up to 85 percent recyclable at the end of its useful life and is made of 36 percent recycled materials. Flute's lightscale design can also help reduce a user's carbon footprint by minimizing packaging, shipping, and storage. It also incorporates the latest in LED technology to provide high-quality light output, while consuming 30-50 less energy than traditional task lights. Using only a total of 5.2 watts of energy, Flute provides a total of 160 lumens and has a lifespan of more than 60,000 hours (about 23 years with average use). Most metal components have a powder-coat paint finish that emits negligible volatile organic compounds (VOCs).