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Salvaged Typography Lights: A New Life

Character in Finland takes old signs and turns them into beautiful and sleek lights. They save these letters from going into the scrap yard, and even make them energy efficient by replacing old neon tubes with LED lights. I love how they have shot these lights lighting up old abandoned spaces. These are one of a kind lamps and can be bought over on their site – Character.fi.


Typography Lights Lamps

Typography Lights Lamps

Typography Lights Lamps

Typography Lights Lamps

Typography Lights Lamps

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The Bronco Dog Lamp By Studio Toer

Bronco Dog Lamp

This is a cute little lamp – just sitting there like a patient dog. An ingenious part of the design is that the lamp cord acts as part of the leash.

“We almost can’t live without electricity. We are addicted to it for all our daily activities. It keeps us on a leash, like Bronco is dependent on a power-socket to get his energy.”

Made of stainless steel with a leather collar and a cotton hood. Available from Odesi for 285 Euros.

Bronco Dog Lamp

Bronco Dog Lamp

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L&L Design Guide: DIY Lighting Ideas and Projects

There are so many amazing DIY lighting projects to do. Here is a recap of the best ideas we have gathered here at Lights & Lights.  They range from advanced – create your own constellation ceiling, to the incredibly simple – use color changing lights to paint a room any color you want, any time.

IKEA Lighting Hack Ideas

DIY Dioder Hacks

In our post 6 of The Best IKEA Dioder Hack Ideas we found a number of great ways to use the Dioder LED strip for DIY home lighting projects. The Dioder is an ideal choice for creating mood lighting, as you can control the color of the light. Some DIY ideas from the post include creating a floating bedside table/shelf, creating an artistic piece to hang behind your TV, or using the Dioder to create a colorful room divider.

Color a Room

mood lighting

This is one of the simpler home lighting DIY projects. In our Go Green: A Range of Energy Efficient Lamps post, we highlighted a few mood lighting fixtures such as the Yantouch Jellyfish, or an LED light bulb that fits into any regular light socket (ceiling or lamp) – which you can control via a remote the color that the light shines. You can transform any room with these lights. If it is cold and grey outside, why not fill the room with a glow of yellow or green. Or if you want to create a romantic setting, how about filling the room with a glow of deep blue or purple.

Philips also has a collection of mood lights to choose from – which you can find here: Color Your Rooms With The Philips Mood Light Collection

Advanced DIY Lighting Project – Create a Fiber Optic Constellation

DIY fiber optic constellation ceiling

If you are up for a large scale lighting project, then have a look at what Danny Mavromatis did to his home theater. He used 11,000 feet of fiber optics to create 250 constellation stars, 600 milky way stars, and a shooting star that travels 12’. Find out more here.

Building Your Own Lamp Projects

DIY Wine Bottle Lamp

In our L&L Design Guide: 6 DIY Lamp Ideas and Projects post, we showcased a wonderful range of ideas. Ideas like using a wine bottle and string lights to create a lamp or using birch veneer and acrylic to create a wooden looking table lamp. For other ideas, such as reusing old toys to create a one of a kind lamp, have a look at our post here: Upcycled Lamps: 7 Unique Projects and Ideas

Custom Made Lamp Shades

dip dye lamp shade DIY

There are a number of ways to go about this. One of the best DIY projects we have seen takes fabric lamp shades and dip dyes them into fabric dye. You are left with a beautiful gradient – DIY Dip Dye Lamps: Create Colorful Gradient Lamp Shades. You could also head over to Lamps in a Box who will print out any image you want onto a lamp shade.

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Upcycled Designer Profile: Victoria Road – Lighting with Patina and Soul

Remember the past, Remember the future!

Victoria Road is an artist couple from East London. They create up-cycled lighting and furniture giving old machines a new lease of life. New elements like electrics and fixings are added for safety. Victoria Road designs are all one- off pieces but can re-create an item in a similar style. Their customers share a passion for handcrafted designs and environmentally conscious products.

Syntax Lamp

Syntax Lamp £160 – sold

What they create is aimed to be a “social sculpture”, art that changes the space, the way people interact with it and therefore affects people’s perception and attitude.

Their products were part of the recent Upcycled exhibition and are currently selling in The Old Cinema in Chiswick, Artway Emporium in Highgate and Beautiful Interiors in Walthamstow.

Victoria Road take on commissioned work and are ready to produce different or larger designs upon request. Their bespoke design service is very straight forward, please see details here:

www.victoriard.co.uk or contact them here: info@victoriard.co.uk

Japan Lamp

Japan lamp £250

Shrek Upcycled Lamp

Shrek Lamp £450

Beast Lamp

Beast Lamp £1600

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Go Green: A Range of Energy Efficient Lamps

There are two things that make a lamp energy efficient: the light bulb and heat management. The type of light bulb a lamp uses will impact the amount of energy it uses –incandescent are the least energy efficient, compact florescent are second best, and LEDs are most energy efficient. The heat around the light bulb can greatly affect the bulb’s life. Well designed lamps and light bulbs will have a system to draw the heat away from the bulb. Below you will see that the LEAF lamp is designed to draw heat away from the light source, while LED lights bulbs have wafers that act as heat management system.

The LEAF Lamp

luxury light fixture

In our post Designer Desk Lamp Profile we highlighted the LEAF Lamp by Yves Behar. Two aluminum blades create an organic leaf shape. The light bulb consists of 20 LEDs which allows you to change the color of the light from a functional cool white light to a warm yellow white light. The lamp is designed to draw heat away from the LED lights – which allows the lamp to use 40% less energy than a compact florescent light. It was named by Time Magazine as one of the Best Inventions of 2007.

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LED Lights and Lamps

LED Light Bulbs

It is pretty easy to order LED light bulbs online – Amazon stocks them. You can see from a number of the designs that the top portion is like a normal light bulb while the bottom half has a wafer design. These wafers draw heat away from the LED lights, allowing them to work more efficiently.

You can even buy an LED bulb that is remote control and changes color.  If it gray outside, why not fill the room with yellow or green light. These light bulbs simply screw into normal ceiling light sockets or even into table or floor lamps.

Mood Lights

We have written about a range of different mood lights, like the Yantouch (which looks and works a bit like an iPad) and the Philips Mood Lighting Collection – all of which use LED lights:

Motion Sensor Lights

Amazon also has a range of motion sensor battery powered LED lights. These are ideal for putting inside of closets, kitchen cabinets or even as floor lighting. They only come on when someone is in the room or accessing a cabinet.

walk in closet lights

Florescent Lamps

florescent lamps

We recently highlighted the work of Studio mischer‘traxler who went out and created these florescent lamps. The idea behind the designs is that we are all making a switch to compact florescent light bulbs, so they wanted to see how they could turn normal lamps into using the longer florescent light strips. Which are more energy efficient than normal incandescent light bulbs.

Natural Lighting

The most energy efficient lighting is natural lighting. There are a number of ways this can be done around the home. For example in our closet lighting ideas post we highlighted solartubes which are tubes that are fitted into the roof of the house. Sunlight then filters down through the tubes and acts as light bulbs during the day (they can also be fitted with lights to be used at night). This concept is also being used in poorer countries by taking water bottles, filling them with water, and fitting them into holes in the roof.


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Upcycled Lamps: 7 Unique Projects and Ideas

Here are some of the best upcycled lamps we’ve seen. These ideas and projects are simple and inexpensive to do. Leave us a comment and link if you try any of them out.

The Sharpie Doodle Lamp

You can easily upgrade a lamp by using a sharpie. Better Homes and Gardens upcycled a teal colored lamp into a one of a kind piece by simply drawing doodles on it – link.

Upcycled sharpie lamp

Superhero Lamp

Ryan McElhinney (who has worked at such places as Disney and 20th Century Fox) took old toys, a lamp and created stunning lamps. Using a hot glue gun, he stuck together a bunch of superhero toys to the base of a lamp, and then used a high gloss paint to create the unified look. – link

recycled toys lamp

Relumine: Florescent Light Strip Lamps

Because we are switching to using more energy efficient compact florescent light bulbs instead of incandescent ones, Studio mischer‘traxler wanted to go out and redesign normal lamps to use those long florescent strips. They ended up with these playful looking lamps that look like something from a Pixar movie – link.

florescent lamps

The Picasa Photo Lamp

Marie over at Under the Sycamore has used the photo sharing website Picasa to upcycle her lamps into one of a kind light pieces.  Picasa allows you to create collages with your photos and edit them into black or white if you want, which can then be printed out on vellum and hot glued onto a lamp shade – link.

recycled lamp shade

Camera Film Lamp

Here is an idea: use an old IKEA lamp and glue black and white negative film onto the glass – 6 DIY Lamp Ideas.

diy film lamp idea

Christmas Ornament Upcycled Lamp

Looking to recreate a designer lamp, Brooke over at All Things Thrifty used Christmas ornaments and a lamp to create this lovely piece – link.

upcycled floor lamp

Dip Dye

Simply and instantly upcycle lamps by getting fabric dye and dip dying the lamp shades to create gorgeous color gradients. It works best on light colored fabric lamp shades – link.

dip dye lamp


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