We have put ourselves in boxes inside boxes to work, eat, sleep and have fun; opaque boxes with suns that vary in shape, color, intensity. But, do you feel light? Or can you only see it.
Interaction may lead us to control a world of sensations and our own perception.
d-Light was inspired in experimental comprehension of light's phenomena and the stimuli it produces to the different senses.
A pair of luminaries in which light is used to evidence the characteristics of fluency, temperature, sound and movement resulting of the transformation of electricity into light. This luminaries It would be turned on or off responding to stimuli generated by the perceiver and the context around the object.
Step 1: Therm-O- Light Source
*The heat produced by both natural and artificial light.
*Sound produced by electricity been transformed into light.
*The flow of light protruded by a lamp.
Step 2: Therm-O- Light Source
-A small hairdryer for a flow of hot air and sound.
-A small candle like red bulb, to increase the sensation of temperature inside the body of the lamp.
-A dimmer switch connected to a touch pad.
-Aluminum plate, as the touch on the lamp shade connected to the dimmer input.
-An opaque but translucent material that allows the light to be seen through the body of the lamp.
-Isolate and monitor the temperature generated by the hairdryer inside of lamp's structure.
-Ventilation openings put in the lamp shade to allow the flow of hot air go out.
Step 3: Therm-O- Light Source
-For both the body of the lamp, as well as the shade I used porcelanicrom (cold porcelain): A clay-like mixture of corn flour and glue that can be worked with the hands; when it dries it's hard and looks white but also translucent.
-To make the body in porcelanicrom, I used LD stiropor spheres with a shape similar to the final one. After that I covered them with porcelanicrom, making sure that this will have the final shape. When it dries, the body of the lamp would be removed from the stiropor.
Step 4: Therm-O- Light Source
Step 5: Therm-O- Light Source
Step 6: Therm-O- Light Source
Step 7: THERM-O- LIGHT SOURCE
The dimmer was also connected to the hairdryer, the bulb and to the AC.
Then the body of the lamp with the internal components was sealed and the lamp shade pasted to the body.
Step 8: THERM-O- LIGHT SOURCE
At first I thought that because the dimmer has 3 levels of intensity, people would tend to be cautious or somewhat scared when it reached the higher levels; but actually this was the opposite. People would
interact with it by turning it on to its higher level and then turn it off for so short that the dimmers effect would not last for long. I assume this occurred because of the hairdryer's high consumption of electrical energy. It consumes much more than the dimmer can handle.
On the other hand, the bulb behaved well and even the dimmer had to be replaced 3 times in only 6 hours, the hairdryer and the bulb remained intact.
Incorporating a dimmer to a hairdryer has to be done carefully, because of the ware and tear that can occur. Without proper maintenance, when the dimmer stops working so will the lamp. The dimmer has to be replaced often, but I'm taking a quick guess that this could be solved in two ways:
1- Changing the hairdryer for something else that has a lower consumption of electrical energy but still produces sound as well as a flow of hot air.
2- Get a dimmer that can handle as much voltage as is required.
Step 9: Inter-activate Light Source
The light coming from a spotlight may be seen as a physical field, with which you may interact. The optic fibers in this lamp gives us the idea, that an area lighting conditions can only be affected if we turn on the light and the experience the controlling the illuminated area.
- Intensifying the light by reducing the area illuminated: by jointing them with our hands making the fibers be closer one to other.
- Light diffusion happens, when we let fibers fall so they are separated.
Step 10: Inter-activate Light Source
6 L.E.D lights (2 yellow,2 red, 2 blue)
6 330 R
Metallic wires or fibers on the area of interaction that will conduct electricity to a touch sensor. When activated it will turn the light on.
Step 11: Inter-activate Light Source
I took optic fibers from an optic fiber lamp. The fibers will help generate the impression of an area for interaction and will also transmit the light from the inside of the lamp to the outside, helping to determine the area of interaction and when the lamp is on.
-I took the optic fibers and separate them.
-Carefully remove the PVC covering the wires.
-I Cut enough wires to mix with the fibers, the same longitude as the optic fibers + .5cm
-Group both the optic fibers and the wires and glue them together.
Step 12: Inter-activate Light Source
Parts from it where removed and others modified leaving only the husk so lights and boards could fit in and then the lamp closed.
Step 13: Inter-activate Light Source
//codico 1 led prendido siempre, los otros se acrivan con el
int switchPin = 1; // digital pin to attach the switch
int ledPin1 = 9; // digital pin to attach the light
int ledPin2 = 8; // digital pin to attach the light
int ledPin3 = 10; // digital pin to attach the light
int ledPin4 = 11; // digital pin to attach the light
int ledPin5 = 13; // digital pin to attach the light
pinMode(switchPin, INPUT); // sets digital pin 7 as input
pinMode(ledPin1, OUTPUT); // sets digital pin 0 as output
pinMode(ledPin2, OUTPUT); // sets digital pin 1 as output
pinMode(ledPin3, OUTPUT); // sets digital pin 2 as output
pinMode(ledPin4, OUTPUT); // sets digital pin 3 as output
pinMode(ledPin5, OUTPUT); // sets digital pin 5 as output
pinMode(ledPin6, OUTPUT); // sets digital pin 6 as output
if(digitalRead(switchPin) == HIGH)
Step 14: Inter-activate Light Soruce
Step 15: Inter-activate Light Sourece
Step 16: Inter-activate Light Source
Step 17: Inter-activate Light Source
When the optic fibers are separated at first to group them with the wires, the light diffusion through them is significantly reduced, so the effect is almost imperceptible.
I think the solution to this problem is to use more optic fiber lamps and do not separate them at first, try to put the wires in a way in which you would not require to break apart the fibers.
The lamp has an aggressive look because of the wires; you could replace the wire with thinner metallic elements that will give a more soft touch to the lamp.
You could use bulbs instead of L.E.Ds but you will need an optoacoplador for Voltage conversion, and there for the wiring program would be different than this one that is for a switch (high/low mode).