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Light

Cubelets

Cubelets
~$43-$50  Buy Comment

Each of these 4″ cubes contains a length of electroluminescent wire that’s been bent into a unique, abstract shape. Thanks to the reflectivity of the box, the light’s pattern repeats itself, creating a great sense of depth. Runs on battery or USB power.

Nite Ize Taglit LED Marker

Nite Ize Taglit LED Marker
$10  Buy Comment

Improve your visibility and personal safety at night with these weather-resistant LED tags which clip onto clothes, bags, and shoes using magnets. Each one has four bright LEDs which can light up in solid or flashing modes, and runs for up to 70 hours between battery changes.

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Ohuhu Wave Light Projector

Ohuhu Wave Light Projector
$20  Buy Comment

Transform any room into a tranquil spot for relaxation with this bright LED projector, which beams a moving wave of colorful patterns onto your ceiling. It offers 7 color modes, adjustable projection angle, and has a built-in speaker and MP3 player. Requires a USB power source.

Selah Sue: Always Home

Selah Sue: Always Home

A visually striking music video created by director Filip Sterckx and director of photography Filip Sterckx, in which the only source of light is a light bulb being swung about on a cord. By layering multiple frames in After Effects, they achieved a spellbinding result.

Glowing Pendulum

Glowing Pendulum

Make Anything rigged up a double pendulum with a lighted tip, then spun it over a photoluminescent surface. The result is a cool demo of how chaos quickly takes over from order thanks to those pesky laws of physics. No need to watch the entire video to get the point.

Grandelier Flat-Pack Chandelier

Grandelier Flat-Pack Chandelier
$429-$479  Buy Comment

This prop chandelier measures about 6′ in diameter, yet weighs just 12.5 lb thanks to its zip-tie-together PVC construction. Comes with a dozen LED flicker candles. If you’re feeling crafty, you could build your own based on designer David Andora’s Instructables version.

DIY Glow Wall

DIY Glow Wall

If you’ve ever been to a science museum, there’s a good chance you’ve seen one of those walls that temporarily glows and captures shadows when exposed to light. Mark Rober shows us how to make your very own glow wall. Grab the phosphorescent vinyl sheets here.

Light Barrier

Light Barrier

Artists Mimi Son and Elliot Woods of Kimchi and Chips created this incredible light installation which uses countless, precisely controlled light beams to create volumetric objects which appear to float in space. Geek out on the tech here.

Power of Optics

Power of Optics

To promote their high-speed optical internet service, Japan’s au Hikari, they created a sort of Rube Goldberg machine that uses a single beam of light as its primary means of activation. Watch how they made the video here.

Liteblades

Liteblades

Patrick Rochon’s liteblades are tools which attach to the end of a flashlight that create colorful, abstract light painting photos. The faster you move the blade, the more glowing and playful the photo is. You can purchase them here.

Line Segments Space

Line Segments Space

Put on your headphones, turn down your lights and go full screen to experience a tangle of geometric filaments fluttering to life at the speed of light in this installation by Mimi Son and Elliot Woods. Where’s an oculus rift when you need it?

LIGHT

LIGHT
~$387++  Pledge Comment

A truly unique artform for your wall, Aevum Design’s LIGHT system provides a metal-backed canvas with colored glass attached to magnets and a bright light source to create one-of-a-kind light patterns you can change at your whim.

Shapeshifting with Light

Shapeshifting with Light

Director Nacho Guzman’s teaser for OPALE’s release “Sparkles and Wine” is an exploration of how human features can change dramatically by moving around a light source. Inspired by the unfinished 1964 french film L’Enfer.

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It’s Time to Read Me

It’s Time to Read Me

A brilliant concept from designer Kim Sung Min – these illuminated push-pins could be set to a specific time (and date?) and automatically light up when the task at hand is due.

Lumativ Snapback Cap

Lumativ Snapback Cap
$55-$125+  Pledge Comment

A slick, six-panel snapback hat with an integrated electroluminescent light source. Provides about 8 hours of illumination on a 30 minute charge. Available in blue, green or pink. Video here.

Meet Your Creator

Meet Your Creator

An amazing visual feast featuring an army of 16 flying quadrotor robots dancing through air and manipulating sound and light. Created for the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’s Showcase.

Painting Light and Shadow

Painting Light and Shadow

Artist Rashad Alakbarov creates paintings – but not in the traditional way. Instead, he creates sculptural works, which cast painterly images onto the wall when hit with a light.

Light Paintings by Hobsonish

Light Paintings by Hobsonish

Photographer Ian Hobson produces incredible, colorful effects using LEDs and cold cathode tubes as his paintbrushes. He also experiments with Arduino-based devices to create some patterns.

Light-Painted Proposal

Light-Painted Proposal

Boy, guys just keep setting the bar higher and higher. Derrick Childress proposed to his girl, Emily by shooting 800 individual 10 second exposures over 3 nights, assembling them into a single shot.

Bunker Light Painting

Bunker Light Painting

David Gilliver visited this eerie location once occupied by Nazi forces, and brought them to life with his incredible photographic technique, which uses LED lights, a drill, glow sticks and lightsabers.

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Rippled

Rippled

Individual light paintings take a lot of time and effort to pull off. So a light painted music video is a real feat. Darcy Prendergast of Oh Yeah Wow spent 6 months making this video for All India Radio.

Skeleton Light Paintings

Skeleton Light Paintings

We’ve featured light paintings before, but never ones as intricate as these illuminated skeletons created by artist Janne Parviainen. All of these are long exposure images with no post production.

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