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  • LED Lights at Burning Man 2012: Fertility Springs Forth!

    So it begins. Burning Man 2012 is well underway, and while it’s usually difficult to find live pictures of this weeklong arts and “radical self reliance” festival held in the desolate Nevada desert, I’ve been able to sniff out a few details. This year’s Fertility theme is reflect...

  • Baltimore Saves Money with LED Streetlight Retrofit

    If you’ve seen The Wire, you know Baltimore’s not to be messed with. But for all the tough love that permeates “Charm City,” new LED streetlights ensure that a little of that love will go back to the planet.  City workers are busy converting 70,000 sodium halide streetlights to energy ef...

  • Cosmic Quilt: An Interactive LED Ceiling

    Monday’s blog covered an amazing piece of kinetic strip lighting art called Hammertone by The Principals. Discovering that artwork led me to another LED light installation by the same brilliant design team: Cosmic Quilt. Built with help from students at the Art Institute of New York, Cosmic Qui...

  • Hanging Sculpture Shines with LED Lights at Art Basel 2012

    Art Basel is touted as “the world's premier international art show for modern and contemporary works.” It’s no surprise to me, then, that this year’s June exhibition incorporated plenty of LED light-infused art pieces. One of the most talked about of these was "Your Two-Tone Dawn Light" b...

  • LED Wallpaper Makes Waves in Home Decor

    LED wallpaper has been in the works for a while, but it seems that Architects Paper might beat others to the punch by making their RGB LED wall treatments available sooner than the rest. In collaboration with well-known lighting designer Ingo Maurer, Architects Paper has created a versatile pro...

  • Moldable Japanese Lanterns Transform Home LED Lighting

    We’ve all seen Japanese-inspired paper lanterns—they’re available in myriad colors, shapes and sizes everywhere from Target to IKEA. These vibrant lighting fixtures are popular for a reason; cheerful and easy to install, they quickly provide whimsical ambient lighting for any indoor or ou...

  • “Tunnel View” Uses RGB LEDs to Push Optical Boundaries

    It’s amazing what one can do with a few RGB LED strip lights and some mirrors. Hans Kotter’s “Tunnel View” reminds me a little bit of Yayoi Kusama’s recent rendition of “Infinity Room,” which uses reflection and tons of LED lights to create a seemingly endless abyss of pixilated ill...

  • Pass the Salt: Sodium Crystals and LEDs Create Unusual Light Fixtures

    A computer programmer turned artist and lighting designer has combined his scientific expertise with his love of the natural world to create something truly unique and beautiful. Daniel MacDonald calls his collection of light fixtures “shio,” from the Japanese word for “salt.” They are fo...

  • LED Seesaw Creates Playful Public Art in Australia

    Eness, an Australian art and design studio, installed A Tilt of Light in Melbourne’s Federation Square to teach participants a little something about physics, but also to remind them that having fun isn’t just for kids. 33 strips of LED tape light are encapsulated inside the main bod...

  • Joel Devlin Creates Bionic Landscapes with LED Lights

    British photographer Joel Devlin takes light painting, the act of using long exposures to capture streaks of moving light on film, to a whole new level in his series,  “Light Waves & Dark Currents.” Using high-powered, waterproof LED lights and shooting at night, Devlin experimented with...

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