VLX – Inside the New LED Marvel of Moving Lights

MMM.  VLX!  Sexy!  I cannot WAIT to see this at LDI 2009.  Hey, did I mention I am going to LDI 2009?

I just found some pictures of the inside of the VLX from Vari*Lite, and a few of the outside of the casing.  Check this stuff out!

A light engine chip from the VLX – Phlatlight anyone?


More light engine goodiness:


Even more lighting engine goodiness:


Front lens side view with motors:


Front lens with motors:


VLX with its clothes off – I mean covers:


Front view:


Rear view:


Thanks, Vari*Lite!

Michael Tsinzovsky’s “Little Night Lamp for Sderot”

I just came across this interesting political statement from designer Michael Tsinzovsky – it’s called the Little Night Lamp for Sderot.


An interesting political statement product design, indeed.  The luminaire is a commentary on the city of Sderot, Israel, which has been under constant Qassam rocket attacks since October 2000.  Tsinzovsky created this lamp from actual bomb shelter parts – note the light switch – and created a beautiful relief of a lamp.

Some information on the city of Sderot – after reading about the city, the lamp made more sense to me.  From Wikipedia:

Sderot lies one kilometer from the Gaza Strip and town of Beit Hanoun. Since the beginning of the Second Intifada in October 2000, the city has been under constant rocket fire from Qassam rockets launched by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.[9] Sderot’s population density is slightly greater than that of the Gaza Strip. Due to this, and despite the imperfect aim of these homemade projectiles, they have caused deaths and injuries, as well as significant damage to homes and property, psychological distress and emigration from the city. The Israeli government has installed a “Red Color” (צבע אדום) alarm system to warn citizens of impending rocket attacks, although its effectiveness has been questioned. Citizens only have 15 seconds to reach shelter after the sounding of the alarm. Thousands of Qassam rockets have been launched since Israel’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip in September 2005.

In May 2007, a significant increase in shelling from Gaza prompted the temporary evacuation of thousands of residents.[10] By November 23, 2007, 6,311 rockets had fallen on the city.[11] Yediot Ahronoth reported that during the summer of 2007, 3,000 of the city’s 22,000 residents (comprised mostly of the city’s key upper and middle class residents) left for other areas, out of Qassam rocket range. Arcadi Gaydamak has in recent years supported relief programs for residents who cannot leave.[12] On December 12, 2007, after more than 20 rockets landed in the Sderot area in a single day, including a direct hit to one of the main avenues, Sderot mayor Eli Moyal announced his resignation, citing the government’s failure to halt the rocket attacks.[13] Moyal was persuaded to retract his resignation.

People living in fear every day sucks no matter which side you believe.




Thanks, Yanko!

A Luminaire I Could Accidentally Kick Down The Stairs

Meet the LUNA Light by Christian Strauss:

lena light 1

The LUNA Light is an LED sourced, lean-to kind of fixture.  Inside of the light is an angle-sensitive switch that turns the light on or off depending on how you’ve got it tilted.  From the designer, Christian Strauss:

LENA is a leaning light made of aluminium round pipe. The lamp has a finishing of liquid gum, resulting thereby a very pleasant haptics and matt black optics. A tilt angle contactor provides for the on/off switch inside of the lamp and it underlines the gesture of the leaning perfectly; the quicksilver inside of the tilt angle contactor inclines when the lamp is leaned on the wall or the furniture and merges thereby two contact parts providing smooth current flow. Therefore supplies LENA with direct or diffuse light only in leaned position.

I suck at not breaking things that lean on something else. You know the shelves that have a large bottom end and lean up against the wall? Yeah. We don’t have any of those in our house because I would break them in a week by tripping over them. I can’t imagine that this would be any different in my house.



Thanks, Contemporist!

Ross Lovegrove’s 100% Lamp

Italian lighting manufacturer Danese has commissioned designer Ross Lovegrove for a fixture called the 100% Lamp – a simple, controllable fixture with an interesting design feature – the circuitry is on the outside of the lamp:


The design is simple and elegant – bent aluminum sheet with a white paint coat, and the circuitboard/control affixed.  The control device is a screen-printed BAS plastic card that is also affixed to the unit, and control of intensity is via a sensor embedded within the card.  The orange circuitboard on the rear of the lamp is Kapton material, used in flexible printed circuits.

The LED source for the lamp is a cluster of 3 X 5W LEDs with an efficacy of 70 lumens per watt.

From the Danese Milan site:

The inclination of the head is dictated by a LED angle calculation so that an equilibrium between the correct illumination of a wide work area and the dazzling monitoring can be achieved. The challenge of a substantial technological innovation is faced by relying on overall “subtraction” principles. The body of the lamp is composed of a very light sheet of aluminium 5 mm thick, cut and softly bent. The base widens forming an area different from the worktop on which to store personal belongings.

On the front of the body of 100% Al light is integrated Danese’s technologically advanced switch. You insert a serigraphed ABS card into the aluminium body, which contains the sensor that regulates the turning on and the intensity of light emission. The feeding and the connection among the LEDs, the touch dimmers and the electronic components can only work in the flexible Kapton circuit. This combination of technology and innovative design rises in the Metadistretti project environment and it is developed by Danese in partnership with Micromac.

Check out more images:






Thanks, DeZeen and DesignBoom!

Screwed Light


It’s not often than I discover a lighting fixture that comes with poetry, but then again I don’t often see a lighting fixture that is made of screws:

Spikey and ugly pretty or not
Of small brown screws there are alot
Dangerously unfunctional
So purely hypothetical
Are the thousand screws that I had used,
But by the end I was bemused
To make light that’s so intense
But altogether makes some sense

This is the work of Georgi Porgy, a luminaire designer and artist-type:

Georgi Porgy saw a light bulb and socket, He swiped them fast and stuck them in his pocket, When all the materials came his way, Georgi Porgy made them play.

So, in conclusion, Georgi makes luminaires out of found materials. Brilliant! I love the pattern cast by the Screw Light – it’s like a sea urchin that emits light!  I highly recommend visiting the Screw Light site, and the rest of Georgi Porgy’s works.  Good stuff!






Thanks, EcoFriend!

What? New Fixture Designs That Are Just… Yeah.

I keep running across these crazy fixture designs lately that are either called “art” or are to be taken seriously.  I am sure that I am leaving the door open for myself to be humiliated when I come out with a fixture, but sometimes I cannot help but bring these designs to the site for you to either love or hate, or some cross-pollinated hybrid of emotions.

First up on the block is the Espresso Light from QED Design, retailing at 49 Euros, or $70 USD:

It is an espresso pot with a lamp inside.  When the lid is lifted, the light comes on.  When the lid is closed, the light turns off.  It’s as simple as that.  But where, I ask, do you keep this?  What room in your home, exactly?



Next up, the Self-Reflecting Lamp from Oliver Schick Design:


It, uh – well, it’s a piece of art, right?  Besides the little bit of light coming out of the ventilation slots on the bases, it could be a heater, or a lamp killer from all of the heat generated inside of the little sphere of reflectors.  It’s definitely interesting.  It looks more like a science-fiction home energy generator, doesn’t it?

Maybe I’m just not hip enough to get it yet.



Thanks, Yatzer and The Design Blog!

Crazy Six-Armed DIY Ikea Hack Lamp

ikea hack lamp

I just saw a wacky sci-fi robot-esque six-armed light monster of a lamp at the Apartment Therapy Unplugged blog – the creator used an Ikea Blanda metal bowl, six Tertial arm desk lamps, some wiring harnesses and some rigging, and made a big room light.  I read some of the comments on this project, and the general consensus was “blech!  this thing is a monstrosity!”  I have to disagree.  If “steampunk” can be popular, then there is certainly a large percentage of the population who would love this project.

My wife and I have hacked Ikea furniture to fit our needs – I highly recommend it!  Props to the creator of this project, I think it is extremely cool.

ikea hack lamp

ikea hack lamp

Diego Chilò’s Granduca Light Sculpture

Diego Chilò‘s very large illuminated statue, the Granduca, was unveiled for the italian glass and lighting manufacturer Venini at EuroLuce 2009.  It can be up to nine meters tall, and is covered with little opalescent glass plates. I am dying to know A) how many lamps are in the Granduca, and B) how on EARTH you change them when they go out!



Thanks, Contemporist!

Sputnik, Dude. Except Not In Space, In Your Living Room.

Well, at least in the prototype/concept phase right now – Shane Crozier‘s Sputnik lamp design is an LED fixture-slash-art piece-slash storage container.  It looks like it stands about six feet tall.  Where the heck am I going to put that thing?  According to Shane’s page on the Sputnik fixture, the four LED antennae do fold in a bit, so you could stick it in a corner if you’re like us, in a one-bedroom apartment.  Check out some pictures:




Thanks, Crunchgear!

Pete Sans’ “Ameba” Lamp

Check out this excellent overhead lamp!

ameba pete sans

This is the Ameba Lamp from Pete Sans, a designer out of Barcelona.  It’s design was for the company Vibia – although Pete’s work is all over the place, at stores like Vibia and Architonic.  Ameba is a modular design of about five shapes, and there are several configurations, like this:

ameba pete sans

From the images looking up, it appears as though the Ameba lamp was designed with careful consideration to an even, flat emitting surface under the lamp.  I can just imagine a design of this lamp where you could see 15 or 16 little hotspots in the glass – I am glad that this one seems free of that!

More images of Ameba:

ameba pete sans


ameba pete sans

ameba pete sans