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Crazy Colors in Christmas LEDs SOON!

In 2009 we’re going to be seeing some new and not-quite-the-typical Christmas colors in certain brands of LED Christmas lights.  Evident Technologies, a company specializing in nanocrystal semiconductors has signed an agreement with Holiday Creations/Diogen Lighting, Inc to enable quantum dot LEDs to be commercialized this season.

Why is this notable or exciting?  Well, mostly because we’re going to see peach, lime, aqua, and some other colors in LED Christmas light strands this year, and that’s cool!  Look for the Dotstrand Brand for these new colors.  This is also exciting because enough of us are now buying LED Christmas lights that we’re causing a switchover in market research to make things like this happen.

Thanks to LED Mag for the article!

“Katana” by Sander Mulder

I wrote about Sander Mulder a few days ago, and promised to post more about his interesting and innovative designs.  A prototype lighting fixture still in development (and hopefully releasing soon!) is the Katana LED fixture.  Katana is an interactive fixture, utilizing high output LEDs and a touch-sensitive control mechanism.  From Sander Mulder’s Katana product page:

Katana combines old qualities with new technologies.

Katana is a nomadic lighting fixture containing the newest high intensity led’s.

Its intuitive user interface, allows instant use for anybody. There are no button’s to press; simply holding the device activates the light immediately. Holding one hand on the top of the fixture and one on the bottom simultaneously, turns on all lights in ambient mode.

I’ve embedded a video of the Katana in use – please check it out, it’s short.

The Dobpler LED Interactive Wall

Inhabitat has a great article about the Dobpler LED Wall, which is a motion-activated LED installation in the pedestrian tunnel in Sandnes Sentrum, Norway.  The installation was a part of the city’s European Capital of Culture 2008 events – The Strømmer, as it is called, is an interactive wall of LEDs that illuminate when a person passes by it, and follows that personas they travel down the wall.  There’s a great video of this on the website of the architect, Snohetta Architects of Norway.

From the Inhabitat article:

The Strømer is the brainchild of Stig Skjelvik and Snøhetta architects in collaboration with Prototyper AS and Rasmus Hildonen. It is based on Stig’s Dobpler prototype, a modular interactive LED system that is activated by movement. When arranged next to each other, the project create a uniform series of modules that illuminate based upon a visual input system. As people move through the tunnel the wall lights up and leaves luminous trails behind them. Needless to say, this is a great way to turn a very, well, pedestrian space into a brand new experience.

Look at some of the images from the installation.  Does that not look like a lot of fun?

The Eureka Light

It looks like Hyun Jin Yoon and Eun Hak Lee weren’t as innovative as I thought – at least first anyway.  Sander Mulder, one of the two designers collaborating on the now defunct Buro Vormkrijgers (the other being Dave Keune, who I will write about later in the week) designed a very similar device – the Eureka Lamp.

From Sander Mulder’s Eureka product page:

Made from a laser cut sheet of aluminum, in combination with a high power led, this clever designed lamp operates on 2 button cells.

This sophisticated promotional gift, introduces the public to the possibilities of the new generation of power led’s; they are small, power efficient and virtually indestructible.

As a design object in traditional postcard format, it can be shipped by regular mail to your family, friends and relations. Made from off-the-shelves parts, combined with a sheet of aluminum in a clever way, it transforms with one single twist into an ambient lighting fixture.

Camping, in a closet, behind Dimmer Beach, or anywhere else you can think to need extra illumination – a great idea by an interesting designer.  I’ll be chronicling more of Sander Mulder and Dave Keune’s design work in the up-and-comings.

Phillips Lighting – “Sense and Simplicity”

Royal Phillips (you know, Phillips – the company that makes lamps) has a bunch of new technologies geared towards green living, “simplicity,” and sustainability.  Inspired by a post at Inhabitat about Phillips’ Interactive LED Light Bulb, I started researching their new line of “Simplicity” branded stuff.  I must say, holy crap.  The basis for their new technology is making the alteration of lighting levels in your house as easy as the flick of a hand or simple gestures.

First, check out the isocahedron shaped Simplicity LED lamps:

This is hand-controlled.  It senses movement.

I also found this video of the SImplicity Demo Event in NYC:

The whole mantry around the Simplicity technology and products is that they’re engineered and designed around you, easy to operate, and advanced.  I’m impressed.

Torn Lighting

One of the writers for the Yanko Design blog, Billy May, created a series of sort-of wall-integrated LED lighting fixtures – referred to as “torn lighting,” they blur the edge between structure and fixture.  I love the description on the siteAnyone who has spent a significant period of time either living in a
small windowless apartment or tripping through the galaxy on a mind
bender may have at one point felt the urge to tear a hole in the wall
to let some light in.

Torn Lighting


Studio 1000’s Constellation Lamp

Studio 1000 and Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn have produced a beautiful fixture made from a mass of 3mm LEDs attached to strands in a star-explosion like formation.  The lamp is quite beautiful – I don’t think one would do it for me though.  I can see about thirty of these in a large room.

I *highly* recommend checking out the Studio 1000 website.  It’s heavily flash-based, but don’t let that stop you.  Click on the link called “Studio1000riginal” and raise and lower the little dimmer switch.  Amazing stuff.  It’s driven me to figure out how to resin-cast.

original post found on Yanko Design’s website.  Thanks, folks!