Some notable advances have taken place in the world of LED lighting of late. From Ikea's flexible lighting tiles to Phillips' $5 bulbs, those looking to switch off their incandescent globes for good have plenty of practical and quirky options to choose from. But, just as it did with vacuum cleaners, hand dryers and air purifiers, Dyson has arrived and is promising a superior solution. Inventor Jake Dyson says the company has built the first light that cools LEDs properly, enabling them to last 37 years.
The GravityLight was designed to replace the use of kerosene lamps in the developing world. It uses a weight to drive a gear-train and generate electricity from the kinetic energy created. Now, a new version of this safe, cheap and convenient lighting solution has been created.
A new light by designer Richard Clarkson puts two elements together that are ordinarily kept well apart. The Rain Lamp combines water and electricity, with light shone through a reservoir in the bottom of a large, clear, acrylic globe. The light creates "mesmerizing ripple patterns" on the floor or surface below.
A remarkable 26 percent of the Netherlands is below sea level. A series
of dikes, dams and waterworks are used to keep the country from being
submerged. But what would happen if those defenses weren't there? An
installation by Studio Roosegaarde aims to show just that.
It's not always practical or cost-effective to have a sound system in
every room of your home. If your light bulbs could play music, however,
it would kill two birds with one stone. Well, Sony Japan has unveiled
precisely that: an LED light bulb with a built-in Bluetooth speaker.
Need something to place alongside your levitating Bluetooth speaker? Or just sick of utilitarian lighting solutions anchored down by ghastly wires and fittings? It looks like progress in magnetic levitation, wireless charging and a particular product designer's brain have come together to save the day. Flyte is a globe that hovers freely above its base, offering a unique way to light up a room.