The product is simply a beautiful crystal light bulb. Displayed many many ways.
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Every so often a piece of art just stops me in my tracks. I thought I would share this one with you. It doesn't really have anything to do with lighting, other than the fact I wold love to light it. It's just an arresting piece of art that I think is worth sharing.
I wish I had more information about where this is and what the project was. Anyone out there have any more info?
Nestled into a quiet residential block in Brussels is this home filled with jagged architecture and multi-colored lighting. I can appreciate it conceptually, but I don't know if I'd like to live there myself.
I only met K.C. once at a trade event. We subsequently spoke on the phone and via email a few times when I had a custom color correction I was looking for. He was not only incredibly helpful in that endevour, but he was always someone of deep curiousity who really loved lighting.
I hadn't known he was ill and I'm deeply sorry to hear of his passing. Below I've quoted the official statement on Apollo's blog. You can read the notes left by his friends in that post.
Rest in Peace K.C.
This design struck me as neat. The salt in the glass base acts both as a weight and a reflector for the LED housed in the neck. It's certainly innovative, personally I'm not a big fan of the light distribution pattern, none the less I thought it was a neat design.
I love this kibnd of design solution because it does two things at once, beautifully. This design lights both the staircase and the parking area. That is smart enough, but it also turns the facade into a glowing light installation.
We go crazy decorating our homes with light at the holidays. Why not that that energy and use it all year round?Read More
Here's the irony of my existence dear friends. I live in an apartment where I am not allowed (by rule) to change the lighting fixtures.
That's right. I am stuck with the lights I have.
(Queue Alanis Morrisette)
Yet despite this tragedy I've tried to find ways to create decent lighting. Here are three things a renter can do ( especially at the holidays) to make the apartment look great.
Hang Christmas Lights - What? blindingly obvious you say? Well get a little creative. These are strands of LEDs I had in the house that are now acting as a canopy over my bed. (Side Note: How ugly is that fixture?) I even put in a bedside dimmer for lighting control.
Create Secondary Light Levels - My kitchen has a very bright track light in the center of the ceiling as the main source. To be honest, it's not that bad (though the fixture itself is pretty funky) at least it puts light where I need it. No, the bigger problem is that first thing in the morning when you're brewing a cup of coffee in the darkness of winter you don't want to kick on the very bright track lights. So, I took a reel of LED tape and ran it under my cabinets as a a second level of light. It's gentle enough for the mornings and evenings and functional as an under-cabinet light with no extra space required. For the holidays, I've kicked it up a notch and put in a run of Christmas lights. Festive!
Invest in decent table and floor lamps - then get creative with them. I get it. If you're renting you're not likely to spend a small fortune on lighting fixtures, unless you plan on staying a very long time. After all, who knows how your style will change when you move on to the next place. Well I'm here to tell you that investing in good table and floor lamps is worth the money. Remember the quality of light is only as a good as the last thing the light passes through before it gets to your eye. So good paper or glass shades are a must. I also have chosen to employ two 8-watt Phillips A-lamp replacements in my living room lamps. They dim fairly well and render color at a CRI of 90. If you ever come over to my house you'll never believe they're not tungsten. Why? Well partially because of the quality of the light bulb, but also because the light is filtered through a warm paper shade. For the holidays I got a little crazy and replaced the bulbs with an adapter that turned the screw-in socket into a mini outlet, Then I took some multi-color incandescent strands I had kicking around and swirled them inside the lamps. In combination with the tree, this makes for a pretty awesome living room if I do say so myself.
Renters - How do you get creative around the holidays? Do you do anything special in your holiday lighting?
First off, I have to thank Linda, my twitter buddy for pointing out Heather's work. What I love about Carson's work is that she uses light to reinforce geometry and perspective. It's a way of centering light as a focal point of the artistic work, rather than an accent.
These three works by James Clar owe a debt of inspiration to Dan Flavin. It's great to see that artists are still working with fluorescent lamps as a medium. When people tell you fluorescent lighting is always harsh. Point them to this kind of work.