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Tag Archives: Lamps

The Andromeda Lamp: Tactical Lighting

By David Ponce

If you want to add a little bit of military flair to your digs, then look no further than the Andromeda Lamp. It’s made from black anodized aluminum and features three Picatinny rails mounted 120 degrees away from each other. These are the same kinds of rails that are used in modern rifles to mount accessories like scopes, night vision sights, lasers, etc. The Andromeda uses these so that you can mount the three arms and shades and position them any way you want, using nothing more than an Allen key. To complement its rugged look, the lamp comes with a “nostalgic filament bulb”, though you can replace it with any standard bulb that uses the same E-27 socket. Perhaps a rugged mil-spec lamp can co-exist with an eco-conscious LED bulb?

In any case, the Kickstarter project looks like it’ll get funded, and if you want your own lamp it’s $279, or $299 if you want to get different colour anodized bolts.

[ Project Page ]

LEGO Darth Vader Lamp

By David Ponce

It’s kind of hard not to like this lamp. It combines so many of the things we like into one 7.5 inch tall object. LEGO, for one. And Star Wars, for two. And lightsabers for three. It’s powered through AAA batteries, or through USB. And it launches in May for $50.

That’s a fair price.

What’s not so nice is the fact that they used an annoying pre-pubescent boy to “narrate” the promotional video.

Really guys?

[ Product Page ] VIA [ NerdApproved ]

Glow In The Dark Jellyfish Lamps

By David Ponce

This is a lamp that is made from a real jellyfish. No, they didn’t kill these fish, they waited for them to die from natural causes and then froze them in liquid nitrogen. Once they’re rock hard, they dipped them in a liquid epoxy solution and let the whole thing harden. This means the lamp will not break, and not chip, even if you drop it. Even better, jellyfish skin contains bioluminescent proteins that makes them glow in the dark. Simply expose the lamp to light during the day and at night it will release these photons back for your viewing enjoyment. Or, you can buy one of the company’s many-colored LED bases to light it up at will.

They range in size form 3.75inches to 7 inches and in price from $35 to $170.

[ Product Page ]

Thanks, Scott.

Looksoflat Lamp Is Perfect For Finding Stuff That’s Fallen Behind Your Desk

Looksoflat Lamp (Images courtesy Ingo Maurer)
By Andrew Liszewski

Looking a lot like Luxo after being backed over by a truck, the reflector on the Looksoflat desk lamp has an incredibly thin profile, less than an inch thick by the looks of it. The design is of course facilitated by the tiny profile of a couple of LED bulbs, but I can’t help but feel it’s going to be far less efficient at illuminating a work space. But should you drop a pen or a charging cable behind your desk, this should have no trouble squeezing back there to help you find it. Available soon… hopefully.

[ Ingo Maurer Looksoflat Lamp ]

FlapFlap Floating Floor Lamp

FlapFlap Floating Floor Lamp (Image courtesy design3000)
By Andrew Liszewski

While I wish I could attribute this clever floating lamp to the work of an anti-gravity machine, or even the Jedi, I’m afraid the real secret isn’t really that secret. It’s probably just voodoo magic. That or a reinforced power cord, I don’t know. The design3000 website is all in German, which is like Greek to me… but written in German. For ~$265 (€195), which is actually quite reasonable for a design-y item like this, the FlapFlap lamp doesn’t even come with a bulb which is totally lame. But I’m sure the stunned look on visitor’s faces when they see it totally makes up for the lack of included accessories.

[ FlapFlap Floating Lamp ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Rima Desk Lamp Uses Sliding Rings To Specify Where The Light Shines

Rima Desk Lamp (Images courtesy Dreipuls)
By Andrew Liszewski

Winner of a much deserved (IMHO) Red Dot Design award, the Rima lamp, created by Dreipuls, uses a strip of 65 white LEDs that can be selectively turned on or off by sliding around two sets of metal rings. Apparently optical sensors are used to determine the position of the rings, and only the LEDs falling in-between them are turned on. Kind of like a shower curtain… except that there’s no water… so nothing like a shower curtain. You catch my drift right?

Now there’s little to no evidence the Rima lamp actually exists, or at least in a working form without the assistance of Photoshop, but it’s still a great idea. Particularly for anyone burdened with a glossy screen MacBook who spends an unreasonable amount of time getting the angle just right to avoid annoying glares. It’s not just me right?

[ Rima Desk Lamp ] VIA [ MoCo Loco ]

Cau Table Lamp Makes Your Hanging Work Light Aesthetically Pleasing

Cau Table Lamp (Images courtesy Daily Icon)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m not saying there’s anything specifically wrong with using one of those caged hanging work lights. They’ve obviously found themselves a niche in workshops and garages, and they’re a perfect example of form following function. But thanks to designer Marti Guixé, you can now use them to light your living room as well, even if you’re not going for that industrial look.

His Cau Table lamp is basically just a turned aluminum shade, available in white or brown. that features a hidden support for hanging a work light. Think of it as a design avatar that disguises an ugly duckling as a beautiful swan. Or, think of it as a way for Marti Guixé to make ~$850 (€645) from two pieces of rolled aluminum.

[ Cau Table Lamp ] VIA [ Daily Icon ]

Marmeled Jelly Lamps

Marmeled Jelly Lamps (Image courtesy JellyLamp)
By Andrew Liszewski

They might look delicious, but these Marmeled Jelly lamps are not for eating, at least so says this warning on the JellyLamps website. When placed right side up the lamps are supposed to look like a jar of delicious preserves, but given the bright colors available they look more like a jar of hair gel. But either way, their true purpose is revealed when you flip them upside down which causes an LED light on the lid to switch on, casting a soft colored glow.

Marmeled Jelly Lamps (Images courtesy JellyLamp)

Each jar is powered by 2xAAA batteries which is good for about 50 hours of illumination, and they run ~$48 (€35) each from the JellyShop online store, with free shipping if you happen to live in Italy.

[ Marmeled Jelly Lamps ] VIA [ Holycool.net ]

Needle Table Lamp

Needle Table Lamp (Image courtesy Vitamin)
By Andrew Liszewski

Capitalizing on the knitting trend that’s sweeping the nation this Needle Table Lamp, created by British design firm Vitamin, features a couple of adjustable aluminum needles that look like they were just pulled out of your mother’s craft basket. The power cord, with its fabric sheath, is wrapped around the point where the needles intersect adding to the illusion that they’re in the process of creating a scarf or a sweater, and the base features a couple of extra holes presumably for adjusting the angle of the LEDs. The lamp will be available in blue, orange, green and red, though when and for how much is unknown.

[ Vitamin – Needle Table Lamp ] VIA [ InventorSpot ]