The Daily Lamp – Hourglass Lamp, Which Needs NO ELECTRICITY, for the People of Moore, OK

Today’s Daily Lamp comes in the aftermath of the horrible tornado tragedy from Moore, Oklahoma — the EF 5 tornado was 1.3 miles wide as it tore through houses, killing at least 24 people, including 9 children.  A very sad time in Oklahoma.

When these kinds of things happen and power goes out, people should be prepared to experience days — if not several days — before they get light and power back after tragedies like these.  That’s why I picked this Daily Lamp to represent today.  Meet Danielle Trofe’s Hourglass Lamp, in both Table and Floor varieties.  From Danielle’s website on Hourglass Lamp:

The Hourglass Floor Lamp is powered by kinetic energy generated from the falling of sand. This off-the-grid lighting solution illuminates interior environments using LEDs. The four foot tall, lean hourglass is suspended and rotates on a hinge so that it can be flipped with ease to extend the life of the light. This creates a user connection and a greater awareness of the value and finite source of light energy.

Dim: 5 W x 6 D x 55 H “

Materials: Handblown Glass, Hand Turned Sustainable Wood, Sand from Recycled Glass, Welded Steel Stand, LED’s

Options: Dark Wood with Black Stand or Light Wood with White Stand

Kinetic energy – this means that YOU DON’T NEED POWER for this fixture to provide light.  If you’re in a place with weather that frequently if not at least infrequently kills power to your home, look into getting something that allows you to have light without having power.



My thoughts go out to the people of Moore, Oklahoma in this time of terrible tragedy.  Mother Nature always wins.

ELS and the Family of Danilo Morales Need Our Thoughts Today.

The good folks at Entertainment Lighting Services in Sun Valley, California need our thoughts today – actually yesterday when they tweeted about it was the start, and even before that.  If you’ve worked in the industry, you know or have worked with ELS.  Unfortunately they’re suffering the loss of one of their warehouse team, Danilo Estuerdo Morales.  Dilo, as they called him, was shot Monday evening, January 9, trying to help his grandfather, who was being mugged and assaulted by three men.  They shot him while they were running away.  Dilo was 25.  These three scumbags are still at large.  If you’re out there and you know something, give the Los Angeles Police Department a call, please.  From the LAPD Blog, who already has a post up about Dilo’s murder (EXCELLENT work, LAPD BLOG):

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle or the location of the suspects is being asked to notify either Detective Castro or Detective O’Donnell, North Hollywood Homicide Detectives at 818-623-4075. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

We’re really sorry to hear of Dilo’s passing.  If you read this, take a second and send some good vibes to Dilo’s family and the ELS family out there on the West Coast and across America.

Madonna Roof Collapse News – Two People Dead

First, before any of this news gets read, my thoughts and condolences go out to the families of 23 year old Charles Prow and 53 year old Charles Criscenzo, the two technicians killed so far in the Madonna roof collapse that took place on Thursday – my wife posted the initial article on Thursday.  Reports are sketchy as to the number of injured, but I have read that it’s between five and eleven serious injuries and 35 to 45 shock and minor injuries.  I hope they all recover quickly.

Here’s what I know so far – a roof structure on Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet Tour at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille, France collapsed.  Obviously there is an investigation on this tragedy, but the buzz being ported around is that a crane hoisting the roof also failed, apparently while it was being hoisted up.  The city councilman Maurice Di Nocera said that the roof structure on the stage “started shaking and collapsing” gradually.

I hate this kind of news.  I’d much rather talk about pretty much anything other than people getting hurt and killed while trying to install entertainment.

Just a common sense reminder for anyone working with any kind of lighting gear (or any kind of gear period), no matter how expensive – if you’re about to be in a situation where gear is going to be damaged and you could be hurt, get out of that situation right away.  Equipment is insured and can be replaced or sent to the shop.  Your precious life cannot be benched.  I would bet a kidney that any manufacturer or supplier out there would rather see damaged gear than attend a funeral any day.

I have a little bit of video on this tragedy – one from the BBC, and another from YouTube.

The company hired to put this rig up was ES Group out of London.