Kinetic Lighting – Front & the Interactive Institute
Between 20-25% of the energy consumed in UK households is used by lighting. So a light that indicates how much energy is being consumed within the home at any moment seems a particularly appropriate innovation
Stockholm-based industrial designer Front has done just this. It has designed the Flower Lamp, a 1m-long prototype made of slices of reflective plastic which open and close like a flower, in response to energy use in the home. The lamp incorporates a mechanical motor connected to a digital meter, which monitors energy use. The motor then determines to what extent the plastic strips that make up the lampâ€™s â€œpetalsâ€ are opened or closed. The lamp only opens when the occupier is restrained in their power consumption â€” if too much is used it closes again.
This is just one of the many imaginative prototypes that are being developed by the Swedish Interactive Instituteâ€™s research project called Static! in which designers, engineers and artists use design to solve energy issues.
The Bubble Lamp designed by Front is a paper lampshade that â€œbubblesâ€ when the lamp is switched on visually demonstrating how energy is being released.