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CONDUCTIVE THREAD MEETS LED LIGHTING

Design Brief: design a luminaire using LED light and innovative conductive technologies that is either a significant improvement to offerings on the current market or something completely new

 

Solution: a portable night-light that takes advantage of conductive thread and gravity, while blending the warmth of cherry with the ripples of steel chilled glass

HOW IT WORKS

When the wooden side it up, gravity allows the batteries to hang, which separates them from the conductive thread, allowing the lights to be off. When the wooden base faces down, the batteries will sit on the conductive thread thereby completing the circuit.

RESEARCH

 

  • Understanding how users interact with lighting in various spaces

  • Learning about light qualities and properties of LEDs

  • Exploring new conductive materials on the market

  • Finding interactive ways to turn on and off lights

  • Examining precedent studies of lights using innovative conductive technology

IDEATION & EXPERIMENTATION

what if the on/off switch opened and closed like flower petals?

what if the lights were incorporated into something functional like a bag?

what if the lights were sewn into a soft textile?

what if there were many lights all controlled by different switches?

what if the on/off switch worked like a rainmaker?

what if the lights were housed in a glass prism with walls lined in conductive plastic?

EXPERIMENT #1: conductive thread + conductive paint

this light doubles as a decorative wall hanging

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to turn on, the conductive paint must touch itself

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this completes the circuit

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turning on the light inside

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in theory the light would shine through

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EXPERIMENT #2: conductive thread + conductive paint + magnets

the lantern is off when the handle is disconnected

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magnets bring conductive paint together

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conductive thread runs through the handles to the light

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the lantern can be hung or carried

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it can also be collapsed to sit on a table

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EXPERIMENT #3: conductive plastic + dimes

EXPERIMENT #4: conductive thread + magnets

there would be different numbers of lights on each wall

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brightness could be controlled based on which side was down

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the switch for the light is controlled by the magnet on top

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when the conductive threads touch, the light turns on

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EXPERIMENT #5: conductive thread + gravity

this experiment informed the design of the final product

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PROCESS

Welding Jig
Welding Jig
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Steel Mold
Steel Mold
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Blown Glass
Blown Glass
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Annealed Glass
Annealed Glass
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Glass Water Saw
Glass Water Saw
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Polishing Edges
Polishing Edges
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Carving Cherry Top
Carving Cherry Top
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Conductive Thread
Conductive Thread
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Final Product
Final Product
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FINAL PROTOTYPE