Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Photoluminesent "trap lights"

Photoluminesent "trap lights" by Gionata Gatto and Mike Thompson:
The project proposes a radical new approach to lighting design through the use of photoluminescent pigments to capture escaping light; and converting waste energy back into visible light.

Photoluminesence is a process in which energy absorbed by a substance is gradually released as light, and using the Murano glass blowing technique, the designers were able to embed photoluminescent pigments into the glass body of the lamp.

Through this process, Trap Light becomes both shade and light source, emitting, absorbing, and re-emitting light.

Thirty minutes ‘charge’ of recycled light from a traditional incandescent or LED light bulb provides up to eight hours of ambient lighting.