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Tag Archives: Lighting

Black Light iPhone Dock Bridges 1970’s Technology With Modern Toys

Black Light in Stereo iPhone Dock (Image courtesy The Sharper Image)
By Andrew Liszewski

Sharper Image you’ve done it again! Your random Mad Libs style approach to product design (An iPhone dock with a built-in _________) has led to this mashup of classic 1970’s-era lighting with modern gadgetry. Called the Black Light in Stereo this awkward 4-foot long dock has a set of stereo speakers located at each end, bridged by a long, thin black light in-between that can either be left on steady, set to pulse or even react to the music being played with a ‘Music Response’ mode. It’s of course compatible with iPods as well as the iPhone, and it’s just $149.99 for the opportunity to purposely expose yourself to increased levels of ultraviolet light while rocking out!

[ Black Light in Stereo iPhone Dock ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Alessi Reimagines The Light Bulb – We Like What They Come Up With

AlessiLux (Images courtesy Alessi)
By Andrew Liszewski

Our civilization is pretty dependent on light bulbs when you think about it. But for some reason, as important as they are to us, we go out of our way to keep them out of sight by hiding them behind shades and what not. I personally think they deserve the spotlight, so I like what the Italian design firm Alessi came up with when they decided to re-imagine the light bulb. Their new AlessiLux Foreverlamps turn the bulbs into decorative pieces of art, encouraging you to display them proudly, not tucked away behind a sconce.

The various designs for all of the new LED-based bulbs were created by three artists: Giovanni Alessi Anghini, Gabriele Chiave and Frederic Gooris, and there are styles available to match any kind of decor. From classic to modern to even kids’ rooms. The bulbs are all LED-based too which of course makes them far more energy efficient than incandescents, but it also means they tend to run on the expensive side. Each of the 7 different designs are ~$62 (€42.50) a piece, but keep in mind you’ll actually be saving money in the long run by making the switch, not to mention the improvements they’ll bring to your home decor.

[ Foreverlamp ] VIA [ designboom ]

Black Diamond Interactive Ambiance iPhone Dock Is All About The Mood Lighting

Black Diamond Interactive Ambiance iPhone Dock (Image courtesy CKIE)
By Andrew Liszewski

If a couple of entrepreneurs are able to raise enough money, Philips’ stranglehold on the color-changing ambient lighting market will soon be over! Designed by Ken Ouyang the Black Diamond is technically just another iPhone dock, but manages to set itself apart from the billions of others already on the market with a frosted, faceted sphere design that uses an accompanying iPhone app to create a continuously changing pattern of colors.

First and foremost the Black Diamond will serve as a colorful art piece sitting on your desk or bedside table, but other functions will also be available including voice controlled dynamic color effects, wake up and sleep functions and the ability to even let you know when a message from a friend has arrived based on an assigned color scheme. It’s a clever use of the iPhone while it’s sitting unused for syncing and/or charging, and if you think you’d like to help them reach their goal of $30,000 then head on over to CKIE where you can make an investment.

[ Black Diamond Interactive Ambiance iPhone Dock ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

I’m Sure There’s Lots Of Demand For A $1,300 Morse Code Signal Lamp These Days Right?

Morse Code Signal Lamp (Image courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m not saying it will never be useful, I’m just saying I’m finding it hard to see how anyone could justify dropping $1,300 on a decorative morse code lamp, even if it is fully functional. It’s got seven louvers covering the 13 1/2-inch lamp which are controlled by a metal handle, and the aluminum and brass finishes give it an authentic look that I’m sure any family member who served in the Navy in the late 1800’s will appreciate. Though in lieu of the carbon arc lamps of yesteryear it uses a single 100-watt bulb of your choosing for your illumination. So purists beware! Available from where other than Hammacher Schlemmer.

[ Morse Code Signal Lamp ]

Panasonic’s One-Core LED Bulbs Produce Cleaner Shadows And More Aesthetically Pleasing Silhouettes

Panasonic One-Core LED Bulbs (Image courtesy DigInfo TV)
By Andrew Liszewski

LED-based lightbulbs are superior to incandescent and even CFL bulbs when it comes to energy efficiency and overall eco-friendliness, but they’re not a perfect alternative, at least not yet. In order to produce the equivalent amount of light as other bulbs, they use a cluster of small LEDs to boost the overall luminosity. But apparently those clusters create multiple shadows, and a projected silhouette (when the bulbs are shining on a wall for example) that’s not as aesthetically pleasing as incandescents or CFLs. Not exactly a huge issue plaguing most consumers given LED bulbs are still considerably more expensive than the alternatives, but apparently enough of one for Panasonic to dedicate some R&D dollars to improving their design.

What they came up with is a new LED bulb that features a single core resulting in cleaner shadows and more aesthetically pleasing silhouettes. Something I’m sure most consumers will demand one day. As far as I can tell they still use a multiple LED technique on the inside, they’re just being brought together in a new way that improves their overall performance. Like most LED bulbs the One-Core uses about 50% less power than a CFL, but apparently they also use about 15% less power than a traditional LED bulb, so the improvements are win-win all around. They’ll be available starting April 21 in two versions, with more options including different color temperatures and dispersion types coming later on.

[ DigInfo TV – EVERLEDS One-Core LED downlight with clean shadows ]

Dear Ingo Articulated Lamp Chandelier

Dear Ingo Articulated Lamp Chandelier (Image courtesy Hofman Dujardin)
By Andrew Liszewski

Don’t feel like going to all the trouble and expense of installing track lighting, but still want something that’s customizable? Designer Ron Gilad’s Dear Ingo chandelier features 15 or so articulated desk lamps fused to a central ring that allows them to each be pointed in a different direction. You’ll probably want to be extra careful when it comes to keeping the whole thing properly balanced because you’d hate to have it come crashing to the floor after spending ~$3,700 on it. Available in a black or white powder coat finish.

[ Moooi – Dear Ingo ] VIA [ Freshome ]

This 14 Day Lantern Will Probably Outlast Your Interest In Being Outdoors

14 Day Lantern (Image courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)
By Andrew Liszewski

On a set of 4 x D-sized batteries this LED lantern will run for an impressive 336 consecutive hours, on its lowest setting of course. But that equates to 2 whole weeks of illumination which is easily more time than most people can tolerate camping or even being outdoors. In fact at full brightness it can still run for 175 hours non-stop, or just over a week, which again is probably longer than most people can stand to be away from the safety of their online social networks. It’s also completely waterproof and will remain buoyant and fully operational if dropped in water, perfect if you’ve chosen a really, really poor place to set up camp. $49.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer.

[ 14 Day Lantern ] VIA [ The Green Head ]

Clip-On Nightlight With Moon And Star Shaped Filament Bulb

Veilleuse d`Orient (Images courtesy Wannekes)
By Andrew Liszewski

While it’s technically considered to be a clip-on lamp, I don’t think the Veilleuse d`Orient from Tsé & Tsé Associées is going to throw enough light to be useful for anything other than chasing the boogeyman away. And the whimsical moon and star-shaped filament removes any doubt this is destined to be used as a versatile night light in children’s bedrooms around the world. ~$75 (€54.50) from Wannekes, including a spare bulb.

[ Veilleuse d`Orient Lamp ]

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 ]