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These LED Bulbs Were Made to Resemble Vintage Incandescents

The incandescent light bulbs many people grew up with are officially a thing of the past. At the start of 2014, a law banning the production of the familiar 40- and 60-watt bulbs went into effect in the U.S.. And while the Edison-era incandescents definitely weren’t winning any prizes in efficiency—they emitted 90 percent of their energy in the form of heat—that warm, nostalgic aesthetic couldn’t be beat. Luckily, some lighting companies are finding ways to produce vintage-looking bulbs with LED technology.

The “Roxy” model from Lighting Science—the same company that designed lights for the International Space Station—features vertical, LED strips meant to resemble tungsten filaments that glow warmly behind a classic, clear bulb. The company’s chief technology officer Fred Maxik told Architectural Digest, “People have been putting incadescent bulbs in fixtures for years and love the way they look, and we thought it was important to respect that.” The bulb comes in the regular Soft White, and in Candle White for an even warmer feel.

Bulbrite, a leading manufacturer of specialty lights, also produces their own vintage line called Nostalgic LED Filaments. In addition to offering a range of colors, their lights come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Customers can purchase bulbs that are long and skinny, fat and round, or sleek and flame-shaped for their chandeliers. 

LED bulbs may produce stronger, more efficient light, but their space-aged bodies don’t always make for the best decoration. If you’re looking for an old school bulb to add some vintage class to your home, consider one of these earth-friendly options.

[h/t: Architectural Digest]

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A Cartographer Is Mapping All of the UK’s National Parks, J.R.R. Tolkien-Style
Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park
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Cartographer Dan Bell makes national parks into fantasy lands. Bell, who lives near Lake District National Park in England, is currently on a mission to draw every national park in the UK in the style of the maps in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Kottke.org reports.

The project began in September 2017, when Bell posted his own hand-drawn version of a Middle Earth map online. He received such a positive response that he decided to apply the fantasy style to real world locations. He has completed 11 out of the UK’s 15 parks so far. Once he finishes, he hopes to tackle the U.S. National Park system, too. (He already has Yellowstone National Park down.)

Bell has done various other maps in the same style, including ones for London and Game of Thrones’s Westeros, and he commissions, in case you have your own special locale that could use the Tolkien treatment. Check out a few of his park maps below.

A close-up of a map for Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park in central England
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A black-and-white illustration of Cairngorms National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Cairngorms National Park in Scotland
Dan Bell

A black-and-white illustration of Lake District National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Lake District National Park in England
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You can buy prints of the maps here.

[h/t Kottke.org]

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The North Face's New Geodesic Dome Tent Will Protect You in 60 mph Wind
The North Face
The North Face

You can find camping tents designed for easy set-up, large crowds, and sustainability, but when it comes to strength, there’s only so much abuse a foldable structure can take. Now, The North Face is pushing the limits of tent durability with a reimagined design. According to inhabitat, the Geodome 4 relies on its distinctive geodesic shape to survive wind gusts approaching hurricane strength.

Instead of the classic arching tent structure, the Geodome balloons outward like a globe. It owes its unique design to the five main poles and one equator pole that hold it in place. Packed up, the gear weighs just over 24 pounds, making it a practical option for car campers and four-season adventurers. When it’s erected, campers have floor space measuring roughly 7 feet by 7.5 feet, enough to sleep four people, and 6 feet and 9 inches of space from ground to ceiling if they want to stand. Hooks attached to the top create a system for gear storage.

While it works in mild conditions, the tent should really appeal to campers who like to trek through harsher weather. Geodesic domes are formed from interlocking triangles. A triangle’s fixed angles make it one of the strongest shapes in engineering, and when used in domes, triangles lend this strength to the overall structure. In the case of the tent, this means that the dome will maintain its form in winds reaching speeds of 60 mph. Meanwhile, the double-layered, water-resistant exterior keeps campers dry as they wait out the storm.

The Geodome 4 is set to sell for $1635 when it goes on sale in Japan this March. In the meantime, outdoorsy types in the U.S. will just have to wait until the innovative product expands to international markets.

[h/t inhabitat]

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