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Light Research @ MMU

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.

Lightopia (2)

October 30th, 2013 - 17:46pm

Bottle lamp: lighting solution for the poor

Alfredo bottle light


Thumbs up to the heroic inventor Alfredo Moser, who has developed a source of light that simply requires plastic bottles filled with water and a tiny bit of bleach. Like the gravity lamp featured on this blog, this offers a very low cost lighting solution for the poor.

August 16th, 2013 - 14:48pm

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

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

Reimagining cities at night: starry urban scenes

Thierry Cohen, a French photographer has produced a set of images which re-imagines iconic urban landscapes at night with no light pollutions.  For a selection of his work please go to this feature in the New York Times.  Thanks to Susan Seitinger for sending us this york starry


April 22nd, 2013 - 11:19am