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Lightopia at Vitra Design Museum

If you are anywhere near this exhibition, at Weil am Rhein, Germany, and open until 16 March 2014, a visit seems essential. Taking a broad approach to light, art and design, the curators explain that the show aims to epxlore cutting edge art works and iconic designs while also enquiring about the future of light and sustainability, and the potential for further innovation.

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October 30th, 2013 - 17:46pm

Photographer tracks the temporality of light

Photographer Fong Qi Wei has produced a stuning set of images of Singapore that dramatically reveal the ever changing qualities of light across spacetime revealed by the passage of light across a Singapore high rise, the way colours of place continuously change, and the centrality of light to photographic composition. Fong’s strategy is to compile layers of photo strips from images taken at the same place over a 2 to 4 hour time span. Beach Sunset, 2013. All Rights Reserved.hotography/ Thanks to Emma Spence for alerting us to these fabulous images.    




August 16th, 2013 - 14:56pm

Generating Light from Gravity

This simple yet and potentially massively useful innovation is under development, a device that generates light from gravity, providing a sustainable and affordable source of illumination: Removing the need to rely on the fuel that countless people depend on, kerosene, with its deadly fumes and tendency to burn affecting millions each year, its environmentally damaging emissions and high cost, the gravity lamp could provide a safe, low cost alternative for billions of folk across the world

gravity light


July 30th, 2013 - 12:19pm

Stories of Light: Illumination and Darkness in Rural India

Ankit Kumar, a PhD student at Durham University has created a fascinating blog on the inequalities of illumination in rural Indian villages. Often promised illumination by the authorities, electrification has never arrived in these villages due to corruption or a lack of political will. Accordingly, people live without electricity, and in pervasive nocturnal darkness often illuminating their environment with weak kerosene lights that flicker against the surrounding blackness. Ankit also shows how street traders without any lighting find it hard to survive in competition with those who are favourably situated next to street lamps.

Indian street scene



May 3rd, 2013 - 11:52am

Invention of new LED lamp to minimise light pollution

There is an exciting development reported on the BBC website about the potential for minimising light pollution through the development of an LED that directs light to minimise skyglow.


April 26th, 2013 - 08:33am