Faux Fire

When the weather turns rubbish nothing beats snuggling up in front
of a fire, possibly with trashy fiction and preferably with some kind of
chocolaty beverage. It’s just what winter should be all about.
Unfortunately our apartment doesn’t have a fireplace so I was forced
to improvise…

created on: 11/20/08

While technically
it wont keep me warm, (except in a cockles-of-my-heart way) it was
super easy to make and it makes me smile, and my baby scream with
bizarre-o baby glee. Continue Reading

Broken Light Bulb LED Lamp

The house we lived in when I was a kid had naked light bulbs for ceiling light fixtures. It’s ironic how an unsightly element like a bare bulb can be re-imagined into something quite extraordinary like the Ceci. Available through Generate, the Ceci is ‘a high-powered LED bulb with a hand-blown heat-resistant Pyrex broken bulb lampshade around it.’ Available in limited edition, a signed Ceci bulb will set you back $219 bucks. As a kid who grew up in the glare of incandescent, I have just one word about its price tag: Sheesh. Continue Reading

How To: Quick, Easy, and Temporary Garden Lights.

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Solar garden light kits are cool, but can be pricey, permanent, and are just begging to be run over with the lawnmower. So, here’s a sweet DIY alternative: “make your own ultra-low cost temporary garden lights using LEDs, lithium coin cells, and mason jars.”


  • Lithium coin cell batteries
  • Ultrabright LEDs with diffused lens
  • Mason jars and lids
  • Tape

Simply attached the LEDs to the batteries, and tape into place. Tape the whole thing to the lid, screw it on, and install. Continue Reading

LED Shower Light

If, for any reason, you’ve ever showered in the dark, then you’ll know just how wicked awesome this LED Shower Light is. From Think Geek, the shower-head-light ($40) fits your standard shower pipe. When you first turn on the shower, the light glows blue, indicating the water is chilly. When the light turns red, it means the water has heated up to a very comfortable 89 degrees. It installs in minutes and there’s no batteries needed. Continue Reading

Light-Emitting Wallpaper.

Inhabitat.com illuminates this light-emitting wallpaper by Jonas Samson. Though the technology hasn’t quite been revealed,”this Light-Emitting Wallpaper harkens back to recent products exploring digital paper by Miquel Mora, part of the Flat Futures project– developed by the Royal College of Art Design Interactions Department– showcased at the MoMA’s ‘Design and the Elastic Mind’ exhibition. By using developments like e-ink and OLEDs (organic
light-emitting diodes) that enable electronic components to be printed
and transferred onto flat and rollable surfaces Mora believes, “Objects
will wear technology instead of carrying it inside…The technology will
become their skin.” Continue Reading

Interactive LED Coffee Table

The top of The Wave coffee table is outfitted with LEDs that are activated when they see motion. ‘Using a network of 32 active and passive near-infrared optical sensors and a clever fully analog circuit design, the light patterns sweep outwards from your motion with perfect fades, glowing stronger the closer the movement is, rippling across a pool of 480 super-bright white LEDs. It works in full sunlight or total darkness.’ Each table is custom made to your specs. Continue Reading

How to Draw with Light.

As seen in the famous “Centaur” photograph of Picasso, or the current (and excellent) crop of Sprint commercials, the combination of a controllable light source and some long exposure photography can lead to some amazing artwork. Check out the fabulous work of the Japanese collective PikaPika here (Flickr) and here (animation).

Thankfully, Lori and Stuart  from LightDoodles.com are offering some help. Though they don't detail the exposure settings and the necessary processing, they share a different sort of how-to: creating the light pens necessary for such amazing color and detail. Continue Reading

The Tap Light

Designer Rafael Morgan won third place in Design Bloom’s bright LED competition last month with ‘The Light Drop’. According to Morgan, the creation ‘was supposed to make people think about how we are dealing with our natural resources, in this particular case, the water, which is the main source of energy for every living organism in this fantastic world.’ The fixture is wall-mounted and is dim-able via the tap as the ‘more you twist, the more light you get.’ Continue Reading