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Flute™ Personal Light

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Herman Miller

Flute was designed by Tom Newhouse to be flexible, versatile, compatible, economical. And with its LED technology, 85% recyclability, 24-year life span, and cost of about $1.13 to use it for a whole year, Flute leaves a minuscule carbon footprint on the earth. Weighing in at just two pounds, this task light also leaves a small footprint on your desk. And it's home-grown: made in the USA.

Flute saves you money in all kinds of ways. It uses the latest in LED technology to provide high-quality light output while consuming 30-50+% less energy than traditional task lights, generating 48 lumens per watt of energy consumed. Flute's 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.

The freestanding lamp has a head that swivels 230 degrees from left to right, so you can easily focus the light where you need it.

User-friendly in all kinds of ways—including what it weighs: two pounds for the freestanding model. 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.

  • Flute light
    • 6"W x 6"D x 14"H



Energy Use - 4.9 watts of power. Light has 1 energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) with a 3500 Kelvin color temperature. Reach - A person can swivel the lighthead 230°. The light has an 11' cord. Flute provides 226 lumens of light. Translation: That's a lot of light. Just what you need in a task light. Medium-warm light, which is friendly to your eyes.


Flute lights the way toward a cleaner earth in every way—from manufacture to shipping to use to recycling. Flute is made of 37% recycled material. At the end of its useful life, you can disassemble Flute easily and recycle 85% of it.

Flute reduces energy consumption by 40 to 50% compared to traditional bulbs and emits no carbon dioxide, mercury, or sulfur like traditional light bulbs do. Flute was developed in accordance with Herman Miller's Design for the Environment (DfE) protocol and contributes to LEED points.


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When Tom Newhouse was in ninth grade, he informed the school counselor of his career choice. Then he explained the meaning of "industrial designer." Such is the fate of precocious youth.

"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. "I could ask him anything technical, and he could explain it logically and simply." Balancing this pragmatism was his mother, whose sculptures, paintings, and aesthetic sensibilities "showed me a whole other way of looking at the world."

The dual, complementary influences of his parents show through in his designs and thinking. They are evident in the earth-bermed, passive solar house he built for his family in the mid 1970s. His professional work—exhibits, interiors for the severely handicapped, lighting, commercial furnishings, major kitchen appliances—all testify to his wide-ranging talents and intellectual curiosity.

Engaged in what he calls the "primarily macho profession" of industrial design, he is also an advocate of women. "Well over half of all office workers are women, and I try to design products that offer them the same comfort and control that men enjoy."

Tom continues to focus much of his energy on two "passions": the study of emerging office issues and the implementation of "green" design concepts. He's also committed to designing products and utilizing manufacturing technologies that place highest priority on preserving the environment. "I have been passionate on this issue for the past 25 years," he says, "and I will continue to be. That's one reason why I love to work with Herman Miller."

Care & Maintenance

With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.

The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.

Polished Aluminum

For normal cleaning, apply a pre-softened paste wax to polished aluminum components following the manufacturer's instructions. In humid atmospheres near salt water, apply the wax once a month. In other areas, apply wax every three months to maintain the appearance of the aluminum.

Coated Metal

For normal cleaning, wash coated metal surfaces with a soft cloth soaked in detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly and dry. Remove scuff marks from low-gloss coatings with pre-softened paste wax, following the manufacturer's instructions. Remove scuff marks and scratches from high-gloss coatings using automotive polishing compounds, either liquid or paste. After polishing, apply a pre-softened automotive paste wax to restore original sheen. For assistance in determining the appropriate color and gloss for Herman Miller touch-up paint, contact your Herman Miller Customer Service Representative.


For normal cleaning, use products specifically designed for glass.

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What's Covered

Herman Miller's warranty covers everything—including electrical components, casters, pneumatic cylinders, tilts, and all moving mechanisms. It recognizes the changing nature of work and the need for products that can stand up to continuous use. This means that when warranty work is performed in the U.S. and Canada, Herman Miller foots the bill. They promise to stand behind their quality 100 percent. Designed to improve your environment whether it's an office, hospital, school, home, an entire building, or the world at large.

How to Schedule Service

If you need product service or repair, please contact the Herman Miller dealer or retailer. They will be able to make the final determination whether the issue is specifically covered under the warranty and eligible for replacement or repair.

Provisions that apply to all Herman Miller-branded products and services:

Herman Miller, Inc. (“Herman Miller”), 855 East Main Avenue, PO Box 302, Zeeland, Michigan 49464-0302, USA, warrants the products sold by it and its subsidiaries to be free from defects in material and workmanship, regardless of the number of shifts during which the products are used, for the warranty periods specified.This warranty covers the sale of Herman Miller product in all countries. During the applicable warranty period, Herman Miller, as its sole obligation, will repair or replace (at its option) any product, part, or component covered by this warranty and sold after the effective date of this warranty which fails under normal use as a result of a defect in material or workmanship; Herman Miller will repair or replace the aforementioned product, part, or component with a comparable product, part, or component.This warranty extends only to the original purchasers who acquire new product from Herman Miller, its subsidiaries, or its authorized resellers. Any product, part, or component must have been used according to Herman Miller’s published instructions and installed and maintained by a Herman Miller factory-trained technician or an authorized Herman Miller dealer installer. If these requirements are met, warranty coverage will be extended. Any misuse, abuse, or modification to the original product voids the warranty. Herman Miller does not warrant the performance of the product when used in combination with other than original Herman Miller product.The warranty period starts from the date of purchase.This document inclusively describes all of the warranties given and remedies available with respect to the company’s products and services. Herman Miller and its subsidiaries disclaim any other warranty whether express or implied, statutory or otherwise, in relation to the products.

Herman Miller does not warrant:
• natural variations in wood grain or figure or the presence of character marks
• changes in surface finishes, including colorfastness, due to aging or exposure to light
• marks, scars, or wrinkles occurring naturally in leather
• veins, marks, voids, fissures, or cracks found naturally in stone

In addition, Herman Miller does not warrant:
• failure resulting from normal wear and tear
• pilling of textiles
• the matching of colors, grains, or textures of natural materials
• the colorfastness or the matching of colors of textiles, including an exact match to cuttings, samples, or to swatch cards
• damage, marking, or staining of veneer surfaces due to contact with rubber or similar compounds; damage from sharp objects or imprinting from writing instruments, or prolonged exposure to direct sunlight
• discoloration of Lyris™, Lyris 2, and any light-colored textiles due to soiling, stains, or dye transfer from clothing including denim
• foreign objects abrading fabric over time


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