It Doesn’t Rain from Light Bulbs’ Cloud

Light bulbs don’t seem like an inspiration for making art but two Canadian artists Wayne Garrett and Caitlind Brown used a charm of bulbs and created an illuminating permanent installation.

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Cloud Ceiling, as they called the installation, is constructed from hand-bent steel, electronics, motion sensors, reflective mylar, LEDs and 15,000 re-appropriated incandescent light bulbs. This design was created especially for Progress Bar in Chicago, located in heart of Boystown, considered to be the third largest gay community in the United States.

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Mentioned motion sensors embedded in the ceiling cause light bulbs’ surface to illuminate as the people move around the space. Those sensors are supposed to track people moving inside the bar and that moving activate LEDs lights to turn on in response.  They monitor not only people’s progress through the space but they also map the social “electricity” between people, customers.

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A second miniature Cloud was created in the far room of Progress Bar adding a cohesive vision of the space.

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This Cloud installation gives a unique style to the Progress Bar and it makes it visible from the outside as well. Many people walking by just stop and look through the windows. It really does look awesome!

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Credits : inhabitat.com, incandescentcloud.com, thisiscolossal.com, googleimages

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DIY Paper Circuit That Maps The Sky and Space

In our recent posts we have seen the most innovative eco-friendly marketing campaigns. The WaterLess Levi’s jeans that uses the minimum amount of water in their manufacturing process, or the newest McDonald’s Stockholm “exchange-recycled-cans- for-free-burgers” campaign, or another brilliant way to adhere to naked greener Coke cans.

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The efforts to confront some of the world’s greatest challenges, however, do not exclusively take place in business – but also in university education. The HCIL (Human-Computer Interaction Lab) at the University of Maryland designed and created an interactive experience that combines bits and atoms, or virtual and physical: StarryNight.

star1Primarily designed as an educational tool for kids, StarryNight is a project that emphasizes the Maker/DIY culture by which the kids learn the basics about astronomy and electronic circuits “by doing” in a social environment. The way StarryNight works is very simple, basic materials like copper tape, coin cells, LED lights, copper foil and some black paper are put together to make stars shine and shape different constellations. One big huge circuit which has all the stars (blue LEDs) is connected in parallel in this open and closed circuit, where each of the four constellations has a separate circuit with green LEDs to show the edges of the constellations.

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This DIY paper circuit board is great to encourage invention and constructive learning, and more importantly, it does not require big bucks to be built unlike the very luxury $5700 mechanical Caran d’Ache’s Caelograph pen that charts the stars and constellations at any given time and on any date as a result of miniaturization, ingenious engineering and talent of an astronomer.

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So if you wish to build a StarryNight for inexpensive collection of material, you will need:

  • Lots of Copper Tape
  • About six 3V coin cells
  • About 60 LEDs
  • Copper Foil (since its conductive both sides, it was used to activate switches)
  • Soldering Iron

Shanghai Metal Corporation offers a wide range of copper rivets in varying sizes and forms, widely used in the manufacturing of art sculptures such as the Water<Less jeans in London. To find out more about us, please visit our WebsiteLinkedIn , Twitter , Facebook  and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code. Moreover, we sell directly from AlibabaEC21 and Tradekey.

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Source and pictures: slideee.com, instructables.com, trendhunter.com, telegraph.co.uk

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The Enjoyment of Light

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Bathed in soft light, you feel yourself free and unfettered, picking up a cup of fresh tea and losing yourself in a sea of books. You are full of emotional thoughts that how grateful of the invention of LIGHTS!

If you look around, you will find a lump of rubbed paper.

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You step up and watch it carefully. Amazingly it is a LED light called Proplamp.

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It uses new materials that are bio-degradable.

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Perhaps you are worried about its luminous effects, but actually it is a good environmental light which can bring totally different style and lighting effects to living-room.

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Life can always be polytropic like the ENDLESS. It is designed by Bram Vanderbeke. Endless is consisted of three magical and elegant LED lights with a mobile semitransparent mirror, if you stare at the mobile reflection mirror, you will enjoy its captivating patterns and colors, which leads you a illusion as if you exposure yourself to a infinitely-great space.

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The inspiration of its round surface originates from wizard’s crystal ball, because round is more convenient to recreate the atmosphere. It is painted with resin. People can change its color by the the mirror’s transparency effect to LED lights.

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To Practical fittings for life, MAGNUM is a functional sculpture LED light.

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It attempts to totally alter the design concept of domestic lighting. Its matte black minimalism is made up of galvanized aluminum rods and orbiculate of the luminous body.

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Simple structure is wildly applied to different situations. Magnum can be installed in the bedroom or on the ceiling.

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Shanghai Metal Corporation, a specialist in the LED lights is more than happy to help you find out more about LED lights or to discuss customization and individual requirements; please visit our website Here for further information. For more updates on this and other exciting developments follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Instagram. Alternatively use your smart device to scan the QR code below to connect with us.

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Turn on the Lights!

In 2004, a woman was driving a car in Pennsylvania. She was also followed by a police car that asked her to pull over. The woman was driving in a dark lit area, so for her own safety, she decided to drive a bit further and pull over in a well lit area. She kindly explained the officer why she did not pull over immediately, but she still got arrested and had to spend a night in jail.

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There seems to be an ethical dilemma between the woman’s rationale and the law. On one hand it is just common sense to ensure one’s safety, but on the other hand the law enforcement officers have their duties as well.

The law of Pennsylvania is really simple, stating one needs to pull over immediately when asked. If one refuses, the officers might also think the driver is, say, smuggling drugs or hiding guns. Therefore, regardless of their safety, people have to pull over, even when common sense tells otherwise.

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Nevertheless, there is a way to solve this dilemma without changing the law more complex simply by installing more street lights. Besides, LED lights are energy savers, highly efficient, environmentally friendly and have a long life span.

So the next question: where to get these LED Street Lights. Of course from Shanghai Metal Corporation. We sell LED lights that are five times more efficient than incandescent bulbs and that last for 50, 000 hours. That’s nearly six years.

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To get a detailed description of our LED Street Lights, please visit our website. Please also follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Original story: realpolice.net

Pictures: Huffington Post, lighting-ledlighting.com, businesswire.comShanghai Metal Corporation (The pictures are not related to the incident.)