“LIGHTING”

Brief; Designers are usually asked to be creative and resourceful while embracing limitations; these could be due to the client, money or materials. Explore the ‘potentials of light’. You should consider surface finish and how this may affect the ‘quality of light produced’. The aim is to design a wall, pendant, table or floor lamp using a mains power light assembly.

FIRST DESIGN AND MAKE

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> I chose to create a prototype out of 8mm cardboard layered together to create about a 1 inch base. I used 4 layers of card. During making my light I came across many challenges, all be it simple. I managed to work out a way to make sure that all the wires were hidden making the finish of the light more clean and pristine. This also ensured it passed the PAT test.

REDESIGNING

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Over Christmas I had a think about my light and decided to redesign it. The first design I had showed the whole bulb and it glared out a little too much compared to what I was hoping for. Maybe I could have resolved this with a frosted bulb but I think then it wouldn’t give enough light.

FINAL LIGHT

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> (peer crit) What do you imaging the actual lighting product being made out of? Probably a form of acrylic, maybe a colour to add a glow to the room, different shades of one colour graduating up the lamp shade. How would you make it? I’d probably create the frame on Vectorworks since becoming familiar with it through the chair project. I’d make 80cm x 2.5cm strips to then attempt to bend the acrylic by heating at 40cm points. Could you use a different base as it is thick and currently out of a different thickness of card? Yes. I was restricted with the base due to my first design and because I didn’t have access to any more cardboard over Christmas. Although this was a restriction I do like that the base is thick, i managed to hide the light fittings creating a cleaner look. Could you play with the height of the external frame? Yeah, again I was restricted with the amount of card I had at home. I would ideally have it about 1.5 times the height (9 layers). I guess I could look at making it a floor to ceiling side/ ambient room lamp. It’d look nice but i’d have to choose a different light bulb, one in the shape of a tube only needing to be attached at one end. Could you let the frame be freely rotating to allow the owner to add or remove light depending on the task in hand? That’s a good idea, I hadn’t thought about that as I found it hard to find a solution myself to keep them stable. I like the way the wire is integrated into the base and this is definitely something that should be carried into the final make if you do one.

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