Night Light Detroit: an initiative to bring light to midtown Detroit

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By Alex Steele in New Art on Friday 7 February 2014

Night Light Detroit is a delightfully bright and colorful addition to Detroit’s art scene. Designed by a university sculpture class under the guise of Larry and Friends Design Group, the goal of the project was to create a new source of illumination in midtown Detroit, where very few streetlights have left the area dim. Resembling […]

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Finally, lights that take exposed power cords to an aesthetic high

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Saturday 11 January 2014

Why fuss with hiding power cords in lamps when they can be part of the design? That’s the starting point of Michael Anastassiades, whose geometric LED light designs for Italian brand Flos has him drawing lines out of these very cords. How visually marvelous.

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Disco bath lightshow will help you boogie yourself clean

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Tuesday 12 November 2013

So, we think we have found the one invention that will finally convince all our friends with questionable hygiene to finally put their grubby ways to an end. With its red, green and blue LED lights, the Underwater Disco Lightshow guarantees to make a flickering disco out of any bath. Unfortunately, it’ll probably be the […]

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Just ended your work day? This tie lights up to help you party in style

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 25 September 2013

Judging by what we’re seeing on the Electric Styles site, the Light Up tie — fitted with EL wire and powered by AAA batteries — is evidence that work comes to an end everyday, but not parties.

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Colorful underpass lights up in neon rainbow hues, makes your day at night

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Friday 9 August 2013

In downtown Birmingham, Alabama, an otherwise drab underpass at 18th street is equipped with thousands of LEDs that sees it light up like a rainbow every night. Artist Bill FitzGibbons is behind this fab work funded by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham’s Community Catalyst Fund in partnership with REV Birmingham.

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Anti-chandelier made from 85 light bulbs

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 31 July 2013

We have a slight fascination with chandeliers, we admit. There’s something about the opulence of chandeliers that gets us, which is why we were so taken with this geeky one made of books, candles and bulbs not that long ago. Now, thanks to Dutch design collective Droog, we’ve found the perfect anti-chandelier made from 85 […]

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Lumenplay: iPhone-controlled colour-changing LED lights

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Friday 19 July 2013

With all the things smartphones are capable of, it’s not surprising that now they can control your light decorations. Lumenplay is iPhone-controlled colour-changing LED lights that can be customized to suit any occasion. The lights are energy efficient, long lasting, interactive, and simple to use. You can customize the colours of the lights, sync them […]

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These shadowy light fixtures will make any room a trippy one

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 19 July 2013

Architizer has identified shadow-creating light fixtures as a 2013 trend and rounded up some with pretty trippy silhouettes. Must say, Tom Dixon’s Etch Web stainless steel open shade that throws angular shadows on walls seems like one especially impressive beast.

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Light you can actually hug

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Friday 12 July 2013

Some days, all we want to do after a nasty day is to cuddle up to something warm. Like light, you know? We aren’t going to touch the sun, but designer Diana Lin has that problem sorted out for us: her d°light Huggable pillow stays lit for up to four hours on four 2500 mah AA batteries — long enough to outlast your depression, hopefully.

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Japan’s subway experiment: Beaming blue lights actually prevent suicides

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 14 June 2013

We just found out by accident today that Japan railway operators actually install blue LED lights above train platforms to calm suicidal commuters down. When they started doing it in 2009 as an experiment at three suicide hotspots along the Joban Line through Mito city, there was nothing to show if it would work. Now […]

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Memory Balloon Lights by John Moncrieff

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 14 June 2013

We like balloons. We like lights. Naturally we like these Memory Balloon lights by John Moncrieff. Designed by Boris Klimek, these are meant to evoke happy childhood memories. These also remind us of the glowing balloons by Kouichi Okamoto, with a key difference: no actual balloons are used in Klimek’s version. All you need to […]

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Stormy cloud lights for your ceiling and walls

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 7 June 2013

This stormy collection of ceiling and wall lamps designed by Manuel Vivian is a moody one we think we could really use to light our homes — and maybe lighten up as well — without the risk of getting caught in a downward spiral of a mood swing. They are available in white or ivory […]

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Gorgeous light-streaked flight path maps

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 4 June 2013

For a year, transport planner Michael Markieta traced more than 58,000 flight paths that cross the globe. He used GIS technology to do this, and the result is rather visually stunning: illuminated maps of these routes. Philosopher Mark Vernon said to BBC News, “You wonder what’s going on in the darker parts, what kind of […]

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Pulse: Gorgeous light sculpture turns your heartbeat into art

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Tuesday 14 May 2013

Have you ever been complimented on the beauty of your heartbeat? Probably not. But thanks to the creative people of Red Paper Heart, New Yorkers were offered the chance to put their inner beat on display. Pulse is a light installation that reacts to a single person’s heartbeat and creates a lovely light display.

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Wireflow light fixtures by Arik Levy

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 3 May 2013

French multi-disciplinary designer Arik Levy’s first love is industrial design, and it shows. On his bio, he’s quoted as saying, “Life is a system of signs and symbols where nothing is quite as it seems”, which pretty much sums up his ace designs for VIBIA’s Wireflow light fixtures. Constructed out of thin rods with LED […]

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