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Fusing Wallpaper with Lights to Create Art

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Designer Jonas Samson has gone and fused lighting, wallpaper, and animation to create light emitting wallpaper. In the day time it’s just like any wall. But when it gets dark – all sorts of graphics light up on the wall and animate across it.

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Jonas also designed the ECCO LUCE which is a personalized light wall using LED lights – displayed at the Schiphol Trainstation.

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L&L Design Guide: Modern Lighting Ideas and Styles – From New Age Mood Lamps to Fiber Optics

Fusing lights with technology, reintroducing fiber optics, using motion sensors and color changing LEDs, are a few of the modern lighting ideas we can see around today. Here we have highlighted some of the best ideas and styles we have found.

Sensing Your Motion

motion sensor lights Motion sensor lights help save on wasted energy. Before they were popular for outdoor security lights, but now they are making their way into homes. We talk more about them in our Conserving Energy with Wireless Motion Sensor Lights and Adapters post. These are ideal for stairwells, closet lighting, or under cabinet kitchen lighting. In our ‘Stairwell Lighting Ideas’ post we highlighted a DIY project that involves motion sensors that will turn on the stair lights, slowly one by one.

Magical Fiber Optics

Fiber optics are making their way back into different lighting fixtures. Here is a post on the Laluna – Fiber Optic Pendant Light – we have also highlighted a home theater ceiling that uses fiber optics to create a sky of constellations – L&L Design Guide: DIY Lighting Ideas and Projects. People are experimenting with fiber optics and putting them into concrete slabs for kitchen countertops, bar counters, or even walls.

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The Natural Way

Bringing as much natural lighting into a home is a good choice for lighting design – all the while managing privacy and heat. Our post here explains a number of ideas around this: L&L Design Guide: Different Ways to Add Natural Lighting in Homes – From Windows to Solar Tubes. One of the ideas we talked about was the invention of solar tubes. These tubes are fitted into the roof and bring light down into the top floor of the house. They are ideal for hallways and walk in closets. They can also have lights fitted around the tube, so at night they can still be used.

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The Foundation of Modern Lighting in a Home or Building

When it comes to modern style lighting for ceilings in homes, recessed lights are the way to go. These lights are fitted into a false ceiling, so all the parts are hidden, creating a sleek and clean look in a room – Home Lighting Ideas: From The Living Room To The Bedroom, The Kitchen To The Outdoors.

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A living room using recessed ceiling lights

Painting the Walls Anytime

Modern mood lights have been redesigned to include remote controls and LED lights. These days they have touch sensitive controls, and hundreds of thousands of colors to choose from. They can be set to one color, or set to cycle through the colors. So if it is gray and cold outside, splash the walls with green or yellow light. Or use deep blue or purple light to set a romantic setting. Choices in lights include ones like the Yantouch Jellyfish and the Philips Mood Lighting Collection which are stand alone units. Or there are special LED light bulbs that will screw into any normal light socket (in the ceiling or in a lamp) and can be controlled via remote.

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Links to other posts on ideas for modern lighting here on Lights and Lights:

Cove Lighting – Requires construction work, but results in an elegant looking space.

Light Shape – Bathroom tiles that have floral designs that light up.

Nissoku Lamp – Design inspired by solar eclipses.

Tunto Lamp – A wooden lamp with touch sensitive controls and a base that lets you charge your electronic devices wirelessly.

Wallpaper Lights – A concept design that integrates lighting into wallpaper.



L&L Cool Lighting Fixtures Round Up: From Magnetic to Brazilian Hand Hammered Lamps

Here is a collection of the top cool lighting fixtures that we have featured here on Lights and Lights:

The Solar Eclipse Light

The Nissyoku lamp takes its inspiration from solar eclipses. The magic behind the lamp comes from the side panels which are held to the middle part by magnets. These side panels can be adjusted to angle the light, and also adjust the brightness –  The Magical Nissyoku Mood Lamp.

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The Magnetic Crystal Light

In the world of magnetic lamps, there are a lot of cool lighting fixtures. Here is just one example from our L&L Look Book: The World Of Floating Magnetic Lamp Designs post. The Crystal Light is an 8 piece lamp that you can take apart and rearrange. The magnets inside the blocks conduct the electricity around the blocks from the base unit – so there are no wires connecting all the lights together.

The Magnetic Crystal Light

Wooden Art: The Lumitourni Lamp

The Lumitourni Lamp is a piece of art. The amount of effort that went into creating the shape is incredible. You can find out more about the light and the work it took to turn scrap pieces of wood into this sculptural light here: The Lumitourni Pendant Light: An Egg Shaped Wooden Lamp Shade.

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The Zhu Guang Bamboo Floor Lamp

The Zhu Guang acts as décor during the day, and at night it lights up. Made from a single shoot of bamboo, it houses a thin CCFL light tube. For more bamboo light fixtures have a look at our post here: L&L LOOK BOOK: Creative Bamboo Lamps and Lighting Designs.

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The Beluga Lighting Collection

Designed by Marc Sadler, the Beluga lights are bold yet sleek lighting fixtures – Italian Designer Lighting Profile: The Beluga Collection.

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Beluga Steel Designer Lighting

The Batucada Collection

From Italy we now go to Brazil to see the Batucada lighting collection. “Batucada stands for a percussion rhythm of Brazilian carnival parties, where many instruments are made of cans or tin pots.” – Brunno Jahara. Each piece is a one of a kind as they are hand hammered – Sleek Brazilian Design: A Modern Designer Desk Lamp.

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Kozo Desk Lamps

Made from reused industrial piping, the Kozo desk lamps have a lifelike feel to them. Each lamp is turned on and off via the tap knob – Profile on Kozo Lamp: The Desk Collection.

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DIY Ribbon Light

Using scrap felt and 50 LED lights, Sara Bergano and Giusy Arciresi created this amazing lighting fixture. It is flexible so it can be turned into a desk lamp, or wall feature – DIY Flexible Light Ribbon Using Reused Materials and LEDs.

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DIY Flexible Light Ribbon Using Reused Materials and LEDs

DIY recycled felt light

Sara Bergano, in collaboration with Giusy Arciresi, made a flexible strip of lighting out of scrap felt, an old phone battery charger and an array of 50 LED lights. Because it is flexible it can be formed into any shape to create different organic forming lights fixtures. The light was made for an exhibition to spread the importance of reusing scrap materials – site.

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Upcycled Florescent Strip Lamps: Looks like Something from Pixar

Studio mischer‘traxler have gone and completely redesigned standard lamps to use florescent light strips. There is something so playful about these lights, like they could be a part of a Pixar movie. The concept around the Relumine lights is based around the idea that normal incandescent light bulbs, the ones you would normally fit into lamps, are not as energy inefficient as florescent lights.  So they went out to redesign and recycle lamps to use florescent lights.

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Designer Recycled Lighting: DIY Building Blocks Made From Tetra Pak Boxes

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These are some beautiful lights that are made out of recycled Tetra Brik boxes – which are mostly discarded drink cartons. The cartons are cut into strips and two shapes are made that can fit together to create a light shade. No glue is needed.

The two shapes (a polygon and a hexagon) are just the basic building blocks. With the two shapes you can build a range of different lights: from a spherical lamp, to a drum light or floor lamp. You can find the steps that Ed Chew, a Malaysian designer, took at his website here.

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