Long live the Mix lamp: 50,000 hours and counting

The Mix LED lamp, designed by Alberto Meda, knocks it out of the park in two of our "cool gadget" criteria: style and efficiency. The simple matte-aluminum finish exudes modern chic, and that triangular head is just way cool — notwithstanding the fact it looks kind of like the boom of a Klingon battlecruiser (of course we'd say that). A filter lets you pick the color of your light, and when it's switched off the whole thing stays slightly illuminated with a blue glow. Besides being easy on the eyes, the Mix's presence on our desktop will please your environmental instincts: it consumes a mere 5 watts of power and will last 50,000 hours before you need to replace the LED. We suspect its economic qualities are just there to make you feel a bit better after laying down $472 for it.

Luce Plan, via Treehugger