Trap Light is the result of an exciting collaboration between Mike Thompson and Gionata Gatto, proposing a radical new approach to lighting design. By utilising photoluminescent pigments to capture escaping light, Trap Light converts waste energy back into visible light.
Since the late 1800′s the incandescent lightbulb has been the mainstay of interior lighting, and today electrical lighting is reckoned to account for 10-15% of annual energy use in the UK. In Europe, general-purpose, non-directional, incandescent bulbs are due to disappear from store shelves altogether by 2016 and it is suggested that this measure will change the way we consume energy.
Is this true? While incandescent lightbulb are clearly nowhere near as efficient as other, more contemporary technologies, this measure will not alter our behaviour towards energy consumption. In respect to light, the human eye can function perfectly adequately within ambient levels of light, taking some 16 to 32 seconds to adapt to the change in conditions.
Photoluminesence is a process in which energy absorbed by a substance is gradually released as ambient light. 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 reemitting light. 30 minutes ‘charge’ of recycled light from a traditional incandescent or LED light bulb providing a few hours of ambient lighting.
With Trap Light, the designers illustrate, that by taking a fresh approach to traditional production methods and existing materials, they can create an engaging, new lighting experience whilst making the most of energy.
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