Picture of Giant ceiling light with multiple functionality a.k.a. the UFO
This giant suspended light (outer diameter 3.6 m or 142 in) has three functions:

1. Provide direct lighting for illuminating the room: the 'regular' light;
2. Provide indirect lighting illuminating the ceiling in two circular bands: atmospheric lighting;
3. Add an outlet, centrally accessible at the ceiling: practical for plugging in a beamer or other electric equipment without having cables lying around on the floor.

The lamp is shaped as a ring, stretching from wall to wall. In this specific case, the lamp encircles  a skylight. The ring itself adds design properties to the construction:

1. Instead of having multiple ceiling lights, optically the construction feels like a single lamp, which adds a quiet element to the room. This aspect is intensified by choosing a same color for the lamp as the ceiling has (white in this case);
2. All cabling is hidden above the construction. This eases the construction but also adds to a well finished look of the lamp;
3. The ring gives room for integrating switches by which the lights and the integrated outlet can be controlled independently, as well as a dimmer-switch for reducing the light intensity. A main wall switch is still present for switching the lamp on an off. 

The design, the making, the finishing and the installation of this ceiling light has taken a few days in total. The final result was to everyone’s satisfaction. A lot of work, but worth the effort. 

The next steps discuss safety issues (Step 1), detailed design features and installing (Step 2) and licensing (Step 3).
oldmicah2 years ago
Looks great. Question though. Why MDF rather than 1/4" plywood with a built up edge? I.e. is there a specific design reason or is that what you had on hand?

I use MDF for the top of my workbench. Fantastic stuff, but gads is it heavy.
openproducts (author)  oldmicah2 years ago
I opted for MDF because I wanted the edges to be rounded off using a milling cutter and expected the result with MFD to look better than with plywood. Moreover, I feared that thin plywood might sag in the course of time, as the plates are only suspended on a number of spots and there is quite some free overhang. Now, after a few years on the ceiling the lamp is still as flat as it was on the first day. But I cannot judge whether that would have been the case with 1/4" plywood as well...