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  • Video: Testing on “Bay Lights” Begins

    Last March I blogged about SF’s plans to turn the Bay Bridge into a giant, public LED art installation, with help from renowned LED artist Leo Villareal. (Incidentally, Villareal also graced this blog in 2010 when I wrote about the beautiful dimmable LED pieces he displayed at the San Jose Mu...

  • Brazilian Artists Makes Waves with LED Lighting Installation

    Muti Randolph is at it again. I blogged about the Brazilian nightclub owner and artist in the spring of 2011 when he designed the interactive LED lighting rig for Coachella 2011’s Sahara Tent. “The Sahara Tent, for those who prefer music sans laptops, houses the festival’s electronic music ...

  • The Daft Punk LED Helmets: Build Your Own!

    Halloween is fast approaching, and so it’s no wonder this amazing DIY LED helmet caught my eye. Turns out it’s a replica of one of the helmets worn onstage by the members of Daft Punk, the French house duo largely responsible for defining that genre of electronic music. Since 2001, Daft Punk...

  • LED Lights Turn 50 Years Old This Month

    October 9, 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the invention of the light emitting diode by Nick Holonyak Jr. and his team at GE. Recently, Holonyak gave an interview to Wired magazine, in which he discussed the influence of lasers on the invention of LED lights, the birth of the LED, as well as ...

  • Miami Tower Undergoes Head-to-Toe LED Lighting Retrofit

    “Magic City” usually congers images of white fedoras, palm trees and mid-century art deco glamour. But now the city is taking steps towards a more futuristic aesthetic and responsible image, starting with the iconic Miami Tower. The 47-story building recently received a complete outdoor LED l...

  • RGB LED Lights Create Interactive Environment, Liquid Space

    Liquid Space by Daan Roosegaarde is a lot of things. It’s an interactive space; it’s a kinetic sculpture; and it’s a mesmerizing piece of LED light art. Inspired by the movements of jellyfish, this three-pronged structure is tall enough for an average sized person to stand under and moves i...

  • Dutch Artist Redefines Interactive, LED-Based Art in “Dune”

    I’ll finish off this week with another inventive installation by Daan Roosegaarde, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary artists. If you missed them, check out Roosegaarde’s wireless LED crystals and sustainable dance floor, which I reviewed earlier this week. Compl...

  • Table Lighting Project Step 2: How to Mount, Measure, Cut and Solder LED Strip Lights

    Now that we have gathered our materials and discussed some of the reasons for choosing a particular LED Strip and the L shaped sections, let’s get into measuring out the proper length of strip lighting, preparing the surface they will be mounted on and soldering the lengths of strip togethe...

  • Wireless LED Crystals to be Unveiled in Amsterdam

    An interactive LED art piece by renowned artist Daan Roosegaarde is scheduled to be unveiled at sunset at the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam, as part of the networking and innovation festival PICNIC. Roosegaarde’s piece, called “Crystal,” is described as a “digital campfire,” meaning t...

  • LED Lights Create Roving Music Machines at Burning Man 2012

    For my final Burning Man post of the year, I bring you two of the most talked-about “mutant vehicles” on the Playa: Bump Bed and Robot Heart. Both are mobile, LED-covered stages built into large, hollowed-out vehicles, but each uses LED lights in a different way.  Bump Bed start...

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