LED Light as Art

SHY Light Bronze by Bec Brittain

SHY Light Bronze by Bec Brittain

Now that we have looked into the technology and markets for LED-based tube lighting, let’s take a few moments to admire the creative side of LED lighting – a very artistic approach to using LED tubes as a medium.  The collection of LED lighting from New York City-based Bec Brittain, The SHY Light, uses thin LED tubes to redefine LED lighting that’s very different from your standard T-12 fixture.

Inspired by crystalline structures and the way they grow, the LED light fixtures can take on the shape of a pyramid or polyhedron and are configured in modules so that they can be reconfigured in a myriad of different ways depending on the space from retail to high-end homes.  The SHY LED lighting has been featured in LUX, Dwell and Interior Design.

After first working with fluorescent tubes, Brittain told the blog “You have been here sometime” that she turned to LEDs due to simpler wiring, but also for advances in the quality of light.  Her first priority is to design things that can be passed on to future generations.

The New York Times Magazine recently focused on Brittain and her new role as LED lighting designer.  With degrees in architecture and philosophy, she worked in lighting design with lighting design specialist Lindsey Adelman while at the same time designing braided leather jewelry and bug sculptures. “I’d like to explore the possibility of bringing the materiality and femininity of my other projects into my design work,” Brittain said. “You can only do so many things at once.”

For Further Reading

Times Magazine (The New York Times), Seeing the Light, http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/31/seeing-the-light-2/

You Have Been Here Sometime, A Conversation with Bec Brittain, http://youhavebeenheresometime.blogspot.com/2012/01/conversation-with-bec-brittain.html

Clearlysapphire.com, Deep Dive: LED Tubes Gain Traction, http://blog.clearlysapphire.com/?p=247

LED Wall Paper for Your Inner Geek

Lighting designer Ingo Maurer and his latest invention, LED wall paper

World renowned lighting designer Ingo Maurer has been working with LEDs since the late 1990s.  He recently partnered with high-end wallpaper manufacturer Architect Papers to create LED wall paper. The wall paper comes in large 126 x 23.5 inch sheets that hold printed circuit boards containing 840 integrated LEDs.

The wall paper can be switched on or off to create a combination of colors and patterns and can be dimmed to create a more subtle effect.  The wall paper fashions a fairly rudimentary 3-D box pattern similar the 3-D boxes found in an early video game, Qbert, but spread out throughout the sheet of wall paper. Before you get excited, it doesn’t look like you’ll be able to put it in the game room yet. The wall paper is available in five patterns and costs $3000 per sheet, according to Metropolis magazine.

In an interview with Metropolis magazine, Maurer said that feels LEDs are best suited for small, hidden light sources, technical applications, and, surprisingly, wallpaper.  After putting wall paper idea on the back burner for more than a decade, his Munich studio has been working on wall paper actively for about five years.  Maurer thinks that he came up with the solution for mass production in collaboration with the German company Architects Paper.

Maurer told Metropolis that he couldn’t be happier with the look and feel of the wall paper filling a room with thousands of the tiny red, blue, and white lights placed along the lines of an enormous, flexible circuit board printed onto the paper. “For many years, I’ve been a big fan of the aesthetic of circuit boards,” he told Metropolis. “And on the wallpaper, I used that aesthetic. First of all, because we needed it. And second of all, because it looks magnificent. It really looks magnificent.”

Further Reading:

Metropolis, Patterns of Light: Five years in the making, Ingo Maurer’s wallpaper is a surprising application of LED technology, http://www.metropolismag.com/story/20120720/patterns-of-light

Mashable, LED Wallpaper Is a Nerd’s Ultimate Nightlight, http://mashable.com/2012/08/06/led-wallpaper/

SmartPlanet.com, LED wallpaper illuminates the technology’s role in design, http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/design-architecture/led-wallpaper-illuminates-the-technologys-role-in-design/8555?tag=main

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