DIY-able Take Away Lamp

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DIY-able Take Away Lamp

Sigurdur Gustafsson’s Take Away Lamp ($84) is made of fiberglass fabric. It measures 38cm by 32 cm and is illuminated by a 25 watt bulb. Okay, is this DIY-able or what?? The trick would be to get your hands on some fiberglass fabric, which just happens to be available online at TAP Plastics. A lightweight plain weave in a 50" by one linear yard piece will set you back 10 bucks. I'd treat it like a heavy upholstery fabric, as far as my sewing...

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The Bendable Bendant Lamp

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The Bendable Bendant Lamp

Check out Mio Culture’s bendy Bendant Lamp. It’s a ‘flat-packed chandelier composed of a series of leaf-like shades surrounding a central fixture.’ Users become co-designers as they can bend the flaps up or down to create an variety of ‘unique light and shadow arrangements.’ The 30" L by 33" W lamp is available in silver, white and chartreuse, and at $165 bucks it’s not terribly expensive.

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DIY Light Box for Digital Photography.

by Chris Gardner

I thought I might take some sharp looking photos for my test tube vases.  First, I tried lighting them directly with the light reflector I bought to expose silkscreens, but it was too harsh. A quick internet search taught me that a "light box" or "light tent" provides the desired results. A little more searching provided this, which is a cool idea, but I didn’t have a clear storage bin. I did, however, notice a great deal of cardboard boxes in a...

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Nick Foley’s Amazing Pear Light

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Nick Foley’s Amazing Pear Light

The industrial designer’s Pear Light might just look like a very pretty lamp at first glance, but it’s much more than that. Why? The hand forged tree is actually a charging station for the pear lights. ‘Each pear contains ten ultrabright white LEDs, an autonomous charging circuit, and rare-earth magnets that allow it to be "picked" from the tree and remain fully illuminated for over an hour.’ Amazing, huh?

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242 bucks for a can of soup?

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242 bucks for a can of soup?

Okay, Ingo Maurer’s canned light doesn’t actually contain soup. What it does contain is all the parts to make a lamp, parts we can probably find at any hardware or big box store. Those items include a reflector, socket, switch and a 60 watt halogen light bulb. The can itself measures 5.3" h x 3.4" d. A quick measurement of my Campbell’s Tomato tells me a regular-sized can measures 3.875" h x 2.5", which might be a bit small for a DIY job, but how...

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To help chase away bad dreams....

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To help chase away bad dreams....

Sometimes you don’t need a scary movie to give you nightmares. Sometimes it’s the local news. To ease your mind upon waking from nocturnal worries, how about having this little loyal porcelain protector near your bedside? Although the Carlos Night-Light might be tiny (he’s tops out at seven inches high) and physically disadvantaged, (he is, after all, sporting a cumbersome medical cone) you can count on him to chase away the darkness.



The Carlos...

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Shadow Play With Adam Frank

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Shadow Play With Adam Frank

The artist and inventor who gave us LUMEN™ light projectors has created yet another glorious ambient lighting wonder. It is REVEAL™, and basically it is a projector, which can be mounted to a ceiling or wall, that casts the impression of a window with light streaming through it. REVEAL™ also throws shadows through the ‘window’ that form outlines of tree branches seen in the distance. To complete the illusion, the branches sway ever so slightly...

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How to: Light Your Workspace

by Chris Gardner

No matter what your skill, medium, or project of choice, you've got to be able to see what you're doing.

Foot Candles: Lighting quantity or intensity is  measured in foot-candles (fc). So states Wikipedia, “The unit is defined as the amount of illumination the inside surface an imaginary 1-foot radius sphere would be receiving if there were a uniform point source of one candela in the exact center of the sphere. Alternatively, it can be defined as...

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Baby, Light My Garden Shed

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Baby, Light My Garden Shed

If you have a garden shed or workshop that is lacking in illumination, you might want to consider the ‘Light My Shed’ solar shed light. No fancy wiring required, just mount the solar panel to the outside of your shed and the accompanying fluorescent light–NOT LED–inside the shed. Available through BackyardCity.com, the ‘Light My Shed’ will set you back about 80 bucks.

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DIY Soda Bottle Chandelier

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DIY Soda Bottle Chandelier

Ingo Mauer’s Campari Light, constructed out of a 75 watt par lamp and about ten Campari soda bottles, is absolutely DIYable. The original will cost you $375, but a few bottles of your choosing, a flood lamp, socket, wire, cord, plug, plus a few other things I may have forgotten, and you’ve got yourself a very contemporary light fixture with a sense of humor.

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How and why you should lube your light bulbs.

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How and why you should lube your light bulbs.

If you’ve ever screwed a light bulb into a socket and heard a grinding noise, you know the sinking feeling that comes with it. Has the glass part of the bulb separated from the metal part? Will the bulb come out of the socket if I try to unscrew it?

To combat this sticky situation and forestall distress, lube the threads of your light bulb with a bit of petroleum jelly; that’s Vaseline to you and me. Just a dab on the tip of your finger will do.

 

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How to Size a Light Fixture

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How to Size a Light Fixture

If you’ve ever shopped for a light fixture, your first concern was probably style, but then you were faced with size. Do you go for the big chandelier or the smaller one? And once you get it home, how far down from the ceiling should it hang? How far up from the dining room table? If these types of questions have kept you up at night, check out Hinkley Lighting’s nice tutorial on picking out the appropriately-sized light fixtures for various...

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Art Piece? Chair? Light Fixture?

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Art Piece? Chair? Light Fixture?

It’s all three. Eudora, available through b9Furniture, is fabricated out of fiberglass. She is upholstered in fabric that is encased in resin. But her true beauty, illumination, comes from within. This is one cool chick and, at 3200 bucks, she should be. My first addition to Eudora? A lighted pillow that says "Do Not Sit On Me!"

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Potted Light Bulb Lamp: Easy to "Grow"; Provides Its Own Light

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Potted Light Bulb Lamp: Easy to "Grow"; Provides Its Own Light

A while back while ogling property in the historic district of Savannah, GA, I saw some interesting lamps sitting on the window ledges of a building occupied by the Savannah College of Art and Design. Although I don’t know how the lamps were made, they were easy to reproduce. This is my interpretation of them. Note, some wiring experience would be helpful with assembly, but, still, it’s an easy project. I found the electrical supples at Menard’s...

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Potted Light Bulb Lamp: Easy to "Grow"; Provides Its Own Light

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Potted Light Bulb Lamp: Easy to "Grow"; Provides Its Own Light

A while back while ogling property in the historic district of Savannah, GA, I saw some interesting lamps sitting on the window ledges of a building occupied by the Savannah College of Art and Design. Although I don’t know how the lamps were made, they were easy to reproduce. This is my interpretation of them. Note, some wiring experience would be helpful with assembly, but, still, it’s an easy project. I found the electrical supples at Menard’s...

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