Video of my presentation is HERE.
Kept on the ground, the L1 produces a low-mood lighting experience. The bulb is covered in all directions which helps diffuse the light source and blocks the eye from catching direct light, which can be distracting. Providing two levels, the lamp can be used as a bedside table or shelf. This feature allows the user to customize their experience and meet multiple needs. One of the my favorite potential uses is as a soapbox for public speaking. Having the milk crates stacked on top of each other produces a tower of light for the user to stand on top of, which I personally love. The form of the L1 was inspired by Scandinavian furniture. No frills or unnecessary features were used in the shape of the lamp. The simplicity of the lamp allows for it integrate seamlessly into different surroundings and decor. The plastic diffuses the light, which hides the location of the bulb and makes the L1 glow. This was inspired by the Mogi Lantern by Black Diamond (Figure 1). I like to think that hiding the bulb produces a sort of mystery to the actual light source and that the lamp produces its own light without the use of a bulb. The milk crate was inspired by memories of when I was a camp counselor. At lunch time, everyone received a milk box to have with their lunch. 2% or chocolate was the decision every camper had to make and it was always ice cold. It was a time that everyone came together for a break and enjoyed a simple pleasure. This is a fond memory of mine that I will be reminded of when I look at my lamp.
There was nothing very interesting about my design process for this project. I started with sketching ideas for different lamps which mainly focused on using collected sticks. The initial lamp concepts played with the idea of producing a bedside sunrise/sunset experience. However, I didn’t like the idea of the bulb being exposed on top.
I do not remember the initial inspiration for the milk crate, but I knew that it was the right route for the frame. Originally I wanted to use thin acrylic (white) sheets to line the interior with, but was constrained by the recycled material requirements of the project, so I sought after a different material to use as the shade. I thought plastic bags would diffuse the light enough and stayed within the guidelines. At work, we recently received a ductless fume hood and it was packaged in a giant plastic bag. This was the perfect material to use for the shade. For light, I found a portable flood light fixture in my backyard. These materials are displayed in Figure 3.
With all of the unnecessary light fixture parts removed, I wrapped the plastic bag around the bulb and shoved it all in the crate. The bulb sat in the middle of the crate surrounded by plastic. Figure 4 displays the L1V1 lighting the ground of my room. I think it turned out quite beautiful.
I received lots of feedback from my team and friends on how I could change it. A majority of people couldn’t tell what the shade was made of and didn’t know initially that it was a lamp, but loved it when it was turned on. although I did get suggestions: “Make more of them.” “What if you had a stage made out of them?” “Stack them on top of each other.” I listened to the people and scavenged for more materials. My roommate scored me another milk crate, but I was unsuccessful to find more plastic. Oh well. I unpackaged the light fixture from the plastic, shoved the plastic back in the crate, put the fixture on top of the plastic and set the plastic filled crate on top of the other. The results were ideal.
The L1V2 directs a majority of the light downward and omits it through the holes in the bottom crate which produces a pattern on the floor. Figure 5 displays the L1V2 lighting my bedroom floor.
I originally planned to alter the plastic bag from its original form. By cutting uniform squares out of the plastic, layering them, and sewing them together I would make curtains that would line the inside of the crates. See Figure 6 for the concept sketches of this idea. However, I decided on not going through with this because it seemed like a lot of work. I really like the idea that I took garbage, didn’t do alter it, and made it look not like garbage.
There are a couple of alterations I would like to make to finalize the design. I would like to make a wood top that would rest on top of the crates and complete the bedside table functionality. Right now, the light is controlled by plugging it in and unplugging from the wall. This is a pain so I plan to add a foot pedal switch to turn it on and off. The lamp produces a decent amount of heat after being on for a couple of hours (not hot enough to melt the plastic) and this makes me nervous. I need to play around with the design to reduce this heat and make it safer.
Now, I truly do ‘love lamp’.