Ann Arbor-based Talisman Lighting Co. this week announced that it is bringing the advantages of LED lighting to the home or office with table or floor lamp designs.

LED lighting offers the utmost in energy efficiency, and has been used for years in commercial and industrial applications. According to the United States Department of Energy, LEDs or solid state lighting technology offers our nation tremendous potential to save energy and enhance the quality of our built environment. But LED lighting tends to be harsh and directional. Due to their unique design requirements, LEDs have not been previously available as portable, plug-in lamps for the home.

Talisman said it had solved the engineering issues of LEDs by creating a light engine or “bulb” that may never need replacing, and by integrating the lamp base, shade and light engine into an integrated system. 

Talisman’s patent-pending light engine is projected to last up to 20 years under normal use, generating light output that is equivalent to a bright 100-watt incandescent bulb while needing only 17 watts of power. The company’s initial product offering of Arts and Crafts style floor and table lamps are made from premium woods by Amish cabinetmakers. The shade materials are carefully selected to work beautifully with LED lighting, in fine white linen that delivers a very white, modern look, or a translucent vellum-like parchment with a softer glow. 

Photos of the lamps are available at

Founded in 2009, Talisman is backed in part by Ann Arbor Spark’s capital fund.

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