Ok, I want to do this. Wait, it’s 70 outside and the ocean breeze is outstanding. Suck on THAT, Midwest!
WOO Productions made this. WOO Productions has some pretty awesome projects under their belt, you should go over there and check out their catalogue of work. BUT NOT RIGHT THIS SECOND, WAIT DAMMIT!
From the video:
Two Mountainbikers, fully equipped with a lot of LED’s, enlighten the trails as they ride in the dark.
There are so many action sports videos on the internet nowadays that it’s hard to mix things up. Pretty much everything has already been done by someone else. This concept has left us wanting to create something innovative for quite a while now. We just didn’t have the “big idea” until we talked to Phillippe. After a day of testing with the aerial drone in 2012 the actual plan was to produce a “normal” Enduro or Trailbiking video with WOOProductions this year. It all turned out a little differently, though. The filming for the Enduro video never happened, but we ended up getting this idea for a completely different project. Phillippe, the founder of WOOProductions, came up with the idea of using LED lights for a video- a lot of them. At a meeting he explained his concept or at least he tried to, as it was quite a complex idea. It was hard for us to imagine the outcome but we almost had to give it a try due to how intrigued he was with the idea. The goal was never to document a day in the life kind of thing or produce a video with logical content. We would definitely not go for a normal ride at night with hundreds of little lights spread all over our bikes and bodies while still not seeing anything. We just wanted to create something different that looked cool for your and our entertainment- simple as that.
How I should have started this article was something like “Do you want to see some outstanding light art in the snow with LEDs glowing on bicycles?”
Nah. Too tame.
Get ready for some historical awesomesauce — here’s Nick Holonyak, the GE engineer who invented LEDs, waxing poetic about the process, times, and history of the process of inventing light emitting diodes. This is an awesome 3 minutes!
From an article at GE Lighting:
Holonyak got his PhD in 1954. In 1957, after a year at Bell Labs and a two year stint in the Army, he joined GE’s research lab in Syracuse, New York. GE was already exploring semiconductor applications and building the forerunners of modern diodes called thyristors and rectifiers. At a GE lab in Schenectady, the scientist Robert Hall was trying to build the first diode laser. Hall, Holonyak and others noticed that semiconductors emit radiation, including visible light, when electricity flows through them. Holonyak and Hall were trying to “turn them on,” and channel, focus and multiply the light.
Hall was the first to succeed. He built the world’s first semiconductor laser. Without it, there would be no CD and DVD players today. “Nobody knew how to turn the semiconductor into the laser,” Holonyak says. “We arrived at the answer before anyone else.”
But Hall’s laser emitted only invisible, infrared light. Holonyak spent more time in his lab, testing, cutting and polishing his hand-made semiconducting alloys. In the fall of 1962, he got first light. “People thought that alloys were rough and turgid and lumpy,” he says. “We knew damn well what happened and that we had a very powerful way of converting electrical current directly into light. We had the ultimate lamp.”
Holonyak left GE in 1963 and started teaching at his alma mater, the University of Illinois. Today he is the John Bardeen professor of electrical and computer engineering and physics. He’s collected dozens of top prizes for his work, including the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, theLemelson-MIT Prize, and membership in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
The red LED “was just the beginning,” he says. “I knew that it was a very powerful thing and that these materials will become a source of white light. I thought it might be a decade. Little did I realize that it would take much longer than that.”
I freaking love Science.
I’m hoping I’m not overselling this one, but I think the design is tight. This is called Monocle, from design firm Rich Brilliant Willing. It doesn’t look like much, but I think this product is outstanding — that’s why it made the Daily Lamp!
Monocle has two diffusing options — a flat diffuser that (I assume) spreads a little less than the dome diffuser, below:
Both Monocle styles are warm white LED, around 2700 Kelvin, and run around $425 USD. That’s quite a jump up in price from your typical $10 Lowes or Home Depot styled monocle-esque fixtures, isn’t it…
About the Monocle lamp, from Rich Brilliant Willing:
With one eye on his subject, Monocle provides a strong yet warm beam of LED powered light. This rotating surface mounted fixture has been shaped from milled aluminum, resulting in a smooth and clean product perfect for any space where warm directional light is needed. In order to augment your view, Monocle enjoys placement above your shoulder or head..
MaterialsMilled aluminum, braided cord
SpecificationLED, warm white2700K, 95 CRI100-120V Input 60Hz13W Power Consumption
Dimensions5.25″ Dia. x 4″ Depth133mm Dia x 101mm Depth
Today’s Daily Lamp is a really minimalist but inventive take on uplighting in the home. Meet Terrence Seah’s Cloudline Lamp — a true uplighter with a sleek design and nice lines:
Enhance your room with warm diffuse light and set the mood with touch-sensitive dimming. The Cloudline lamp is simple to wall-mount, and takes up no floor space. Pleasing illumination in an equally pleasing package.
- Bright light equivalent to a 60W incandescent light bulb
- Energy efficient 13W power consumption
- Long lasting 20-year lifespan LED bulb
- Aluminum construction with glossy powder-coated finish
- Oiled walnut accent
- Long braided power cord
- Lamp, 21.5″(L) x 2″(W) x 3.25″(H)
- Dimmer Switch, 5.5″(L) x 1.75″(W) x 0.75″(H)
- Power Cord, 6′ plug-to-switch, 8′ switch-to-lamp
It sure is beautiful! Can you imagine five or six of these around a large room?
World-renowned light artist Bruce Munro is back on the scene with an installation at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum, Nashville, Tennessee – and once again, he’s taken some color, a smidge of light, and improved upon the night time viewing of life in the park. When asked about his experience in the park, Bruce Munro had this to say:
‘during my first visit to cheekwood earlier in the year, I had a visceral reaction to the scale and positioning of the estate’s buildings. they are at one with the landscape, breeding a sense of understated balance and harmony that truly inspired me and undoubtedly permeates the visitor experience,’ said munro. ‘this is the most perfect place to exhibit because it provides a variety of opportunities to respond to — each space varies in both scale and topographical character. in addition, cheekwood’s world class exhibition galleries are a veritable jewel in its crown. I feel lucky and privileged to install my work at this prestigious and beautiful estate.’
What do you think? Leave a comment on the post, tell the world what you think about this installation!
The Cheekwood site has a lot of great information about the installation, including the what-and-wheres of the pieces. From the Cheekwood website:
Mansion Lawn and surrounding gardens/Field of Light
At the center of the exhibition’s many installations will be the Field of Light, which submerges the viewer within a landscape of 20,000 lighted glass spheres, each rising from the ground on a slender stem.This is the largest Field of Light expanse Munro has ever created in a rolling landscape, and is designed to utilise the existing pathways in the garden to allow people to wander through it and view it from various different perspectives.
Materials: Frosted glass spheres, acrylic rods mounted on stakes, bare optic fiber, halogen light sources with hand-painted color wheels
Japanese Bamboo Garden/Fireflies
Hundreds of cool white Fireflies will be installed throughout the bamboo leading into Cheekwood’s Japanese garden, creating a magical space of illuminated springs amongst the bamboo.
Materials: Copper tube, brass stakes, acrylic polymer fiber optic cable
Japanese Garden Pavilion/Candlelight
Visitors will have just exited the bamboo garden and the Fireflies when they arrive at the pavilion in the Japanese Garden. Candlelight will introduce something architectural in form and warm in color temperature. Hundreds of flickering LED candle luminaires will make the pavilion become an illuminated stage.
Materials: Treated timber, stainless steel fixings, LED candle luminaires
Japanese Garden Dry Lake/Blue Moon
The dry lake within the Japanese garden is an intimate space, set in a valley of rounded hills. The Blue Moon is 5’ in diameter and will appear as a giant hovering moon of flickering icy blues.
Materials: Clear acrylic spheres and acrylic polymer fiber, stainless steel
Robertson Ellis Color Garden/Water-Towers
Water-Towers is comprised of 40 structures built out of one-litre recyclable plastic bottles filled with water, laser-cut wood layers, and fiber optics connected to an LED projector and sound system. This installation beckons visitors to immerse themselves in the spaces between the towers to explore the spectacle of light and sounds.
Materials: LEDs, fiber optics, new one-litre PET bottles, audio system
Mustard Meadow/Light Reservation
Light Reservation is an assembly of tipi-like structures made from spent fluorescent tubes on an expanse of Cheekwood’s lawn by the ponds.
Materials: Redundant 60w fluorescent tubes, 12v electric fence modules, polymer filters, polycarbonate tubes
Reflection Pool/Fagin’s Urchins
Fagin’s Urchins are a site-specific installation created for the formal reflection pool at Cheekwood. Sap green spheres are positioned centrally in a line close to the water’s surface across the reflection pool. By night the surface of each sphere becomes an illuminated Lilliputian world of the night.
Materials: Polycarbonate, acrylic polymer fiber optics, stainless steel
Cheekwood’s Mansion Loggia/ Light Shower
The double height of the iconic Loggia in the Cheekwood mansion offers a wonderful opportunity for Munro to create a site specific installation of the Light Shower, an installation of 1,650 teardrop-shaped diffusers suspended from the ceiling by fiber-optic strands.
Materials: Acrylic diffuser drops, powder-coated mild steel, acrylic polymer fiber
Cheekwood’s Mansion Rotunda Staircase/Bell Drop Chandelier
The stunning rotunda staircase in the Cheekwood mansion will be transformed with the beautiful Bell Drop Chandelier. A cascade of fiber optic cables terminates in a miniature conical brass bell shade approximately seven feet from the ground floor level.
Materials: Brass, powder-coated mild steel, acrylic polymer fiber optic
Cheekwood’s Museum of Art Galleries/Exhibition
A gallery in the Museum of Art will be dedicated to small-scale works and videos from Bruce Munro.
For the ultra-low-materialists out there, It’s Only A Paper Moon is pretty much nothing but a chunk of paper, a clamp base with a lead, and light source. And, in case you were wondering, yes you can use your own paper:
The lamp simply consists of only three elements, a wooden peg, a piece of paper and a light bulb. A fan shaped paper can be rolled up to be clipped by the large peg to wrap around the bulb. Any type of paper, different colors, shapes, can be used for showing distinct appearances with different lighting effects. The lamp is carefully designed in order to balance the weight.
For all of you Saturday readers out there, here’s another version on the paper lamp from Kazuhiro, a paper tube with an LED inside, attached to the inside. Clever? Simple, that’s for sure!
From Naoki Ono’s product page on the Peel Light:
A wall light that looks as if a corner of a wall were peeling and light was leaking therefrom. OLED is used to make the light source as thin as possible and the electric cable is let to stay along a corner of walls so that it doesn’t stand out. It can be ï¬xed to the wall with a hook.
Category : Wall light
Material : OLED, PMMA
Dimensions : H430 W335 D63 mm
Year : 2012
I love this thing! Now I want one in all four corners of my studio, each with independent color control and intensity!
Therefrom indeed. Therefrom indeed.
20 facts on LEDs?! Jim, are you CRAZY? I just might be! Let’s call it Friday Facts!
Happy Friday everyone — I am going absolutely LED nuts around here lately, as I’ve replaced most of the incandescent lamps in our house with their LED A-lamp equivalents. Surprisingly enough, I haven’t lost my hair, found the need to eat bugs, or lost any sleep because of screwed-up circadian rhythms, as some claim are side-effects of LED A-lamps. Oh, that burns me brighter than an Alpha 18K in Dallas in the summer!
Friday Facts time! 20 Really Awesome Facts about LEDs, or Light-Emitting Diodes!
- When LED light is used in delicatessen displays and in places with fresh food, it has been proven to breed significantly less bacteria than their halogen or fluorescent counterparts. Consider that next time you’re getting stuff for sandwiches! I would say that significantly NO bacteria is the right amount for my sandwiches!
- Remember the name Nick Holonyak, Jr. – he is the father of the visible light LED. Nick invented the LED while working for General Electric in 1962. This “new thing” that’s come onto the retail market over the last 5 years has been around since the mid-1960s!
- Next time you see a blue LED, think of Shuji Nakamura, the inventor of the blue LED, back in 1994. Nakamura, who was working for Nichia Corporation at the time, got a $200 bonus for his discovery – while Nichia made more money than is in Scrooge McDuck’s swimming pool! Nakamura never signed a non-disclosure for Nichia, and in 2001 he sued for $189 million. The Japanese courts awarded him more money than any other Japanese company ever had to pay in court: $8.1 million. So the inventor of the blue LED got $8,100,200 for his invention that we all use everywhere!
- Most blue and green LEDs use a mixture of Gallium Nitride and Indium Nitride to get the blue, called Indium Gallium Nitride (InGaN). By varying the amount of Indium in the mix, the color of blue varies.
- Most red, orange, and yellow LEDs use variants of Gallium Phosphide (GaP) Gallium Arsenide Phosphide (GaAsP) to get their hues.
- White LEDs work quite like fluorescent lamps work with respect to color; a blue or ultraviolet LED is coated with a phosphor that emits photons from the ultraviolet frequencies when the LED is energized.
- The Monsanto Corporation was the first company to mass-produce red LEDs for the industry, mostly as replacement lights for indicators and seven-segment displays.
- An incandescent lamp converts about 9-10% of the energy fed to it into light, whereas LEDs convert at least 50% of that incoming energy they consume as light, the rest being lost to heat generation.
- The lighting industries as a whole are pushing LEDs to replace incandescent sources in a variety of applications, but the first time that LEDs actually did displace incandescent lamps was in vehicle brake lights, signal lights, and traffic lights – back in 1987!
- If the entire United States would replace only 50% of the existing incandescent Christmas lights around the holidays, the potential energy cost savings starts around $17.2 billion dollars.
- Heat generated by an LED source is a real enemy to the quality of that LED source. LEDs are subject to the cooling method designed into the lamp or fixture — if the cooling is good, the LED will maintain a decent output over its lamp life. If the cooling is poor, the lamp is subject to considerably higher lumen depreciation over its lifetime, or even total failure over time.
- If you’ve ever had a porch, you’ve had a porch light, and you’ve had bugs all over that porch light. Switch to LED in the porch light and you’ll notice considerably fewer bugs, if not a complete decrease in your porch bug population! Why, do you ask? It’s because incandescent lamps and CFLs produce copious amounts of ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) radiation, which bugs love more than Kim Kardashian loves mascara!
- LED headlights might be one of the most annoying, blinding things on the road, but they’re actually quite safe for driving – LED headlights render colors you see in their beams better, which gives you better awareness of your surroundings on the road. They’re totally worth it!
- Due to the physics involved, LED lamps have what we call Instant On — unlike their incandescent and compact fluorescent (CFL) counterparts. What this means is that you can switch an LED lamp on and you get the full brightness of that light instantly. Think about this next time you need to place a lamp in a part of your house or office that gets turned on and off frequently — incandescent lamps and CFLs experience significantly less lamp life from being switched on and off frequently, and CFLs in particular can experience greatly reduced lamp life if they are switched off and back on within 15 minutes of heating up!
- Most LED A-lamp replacement bulbs are relatively cool to the touch, whereas their incandescent and halogen counterparts will most definitely leave you with a first or second degree burn. Maximum operating temperature for most residential A-lamp type bulbs is around 135-140 degrees Fahrenheit, where halogen lamps run around 600-700 F to the touch and their incandescent cousins run around 375-400 F to the touch! OUCH!
- If you think about incandescent lamp life (around 1000 hours) and compact fluorescent lamp life (around 10,000 hours), It’s not hard to see how LEDs are making the grade in retail markets. A majority of residential/commercial LED A-lamp manufacturers claim a whopping 50,000 hours lamp life on average, with newer models claiming up to 100,000 hours. If this sounds impressive, it is! Consider your usage on just the 50,000 hour varieties:
If you use your LED bulb for 24 hours a day, every day, that bulb is rated to last 6 solid years!
If you use your LED bulb for 8 hours a day, every day, that bulb is rated to last 17 years!!
If you use your LED bulb for only 4 hours per day, that bulb is rated to last 17 years!!!
- LEDs contain NO MERCURY at all — and over 95% of an LED is recyclable. Compare this to the wasteful design of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which not only contain Mercury, but also create a large portion of electronic waste due to their design — the fluorescent tube portion of a CFL ceases to work long before the ballast inside the CFL or its other electronic components are ready to die. This alone creates tons of waste every month.
- LED lamps on average are not subject to serious damage from external shock – which translates into “oops, I dropped my LED lamp onto the floor while I was changing it!” If you try this with an incandescent lamp, you’re going to be cleaning up glass at least — and if it’s a CFL, not only will it break, but you will also need to follow Mercury decontamination procedures recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. Yikes!
- The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the widespread adoption of LEDs in residential and commercial applications over the next 20 years will save about $265 billion, prevent the need for constructing 40 new power plants, and reduce the electricity demand of lighting by 33 percent.
- Ever wonder why non-chip form LEDs have that little plastic bubble (or lens) around them, like in the picture at the top of the post? It actually has three distinct functions, and the process of adding the diode to the plastic is called potting:
* The plastic protects the tiny wires and components that make up the diode from physical damage, and protects the diode from open air
* The plastic makes mounting the LED inside of devices and equipment considerably easier
* That plastic lens allows the light from the LED to have a variety of properties, like different beam angles and diffusions
Today’s Daily Lamp is a pretty cool concept lamp called SplitLamp from designer Predrag Vujanovic — this design is really cool to me, as it alleviates the problem of only having one source on your desk. Often times I find myself needing a second angle to take the shadow or contrast away from something I’m working on, and Predrag’s SplitLamp is quite the design for just that!