A Kinetic Light Installation Dances on the Ceiling of St. Petersburg’s Leningrad Center

St. Petersburg’s historic Leningrad Center has a new and luminous ceiling for its main theater. Above the audience is a matrix of dancing multi-color LED lightbulbs hanging from nearly invisible cords that whisk them up and down in mesmerizing patterns. One moment the field of lights look like gently flowing waves and the next they form a geometric pyramid – each new form is made with smooth and precisely choreographed transitions.

The only problem here? People might be so captivated by the lights that they miss the show itself.

A Rechargeable LED Cork That Turns Ordinary Bottles into Lamps

Have a few empty bottles around? Turn them into table lamps. Check out bottlelights, a new cork-shaped LED light product that can be plugged (pun intended) into a bottle to illuminate it from within. It charges through a USB connection and gives three hours of light for every one hour of charge. The idea was developed by SUCK UK, a gift and home accessory company that seeks to create innovative products. This is the probably the coolest way to repurpose your bottle collection. 

Rubiks Snake Lamp Has Many Different Formations And They Are All Super Sleek

If you were a child in the 70’s or a vintage toy collector, you might have heard of the Rubik’s Snake. Russian designers Oikimus Maria and Ivan Zverev of Oikimus Design have shined a new light on that clever concept. They have created a stylish lamp out of plywood, LEDs, and frosted Plexiglass, with hinges that allow the parts to move and rotate into many sleek formations.

Mushroom Lamps Lit Up with LED

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Do you have any friends who love mycology and everything related to fungi and mushrooms? There must be someone out there. If you are having trouble deciding what to get them for their birthday, then look no further because Yukio Takano of Japan has an answer: he has created mushroom lamps that light up using LEDs. Perfect for desks, bedside tables or in the living room, these mushroom lights can look quite real at first glance, but as soon as they are turned on glow like something out of the movie Avatar.

Bay Bridge Gets an Animated LED Light Display

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In the California Bay area, one bridge has always outshone the rest: the Golden Gate. With its signature red color and prime location at the entrance to the bay, it’s hard to imagine any of the other bridges in the area outshining it… that is until now. The Bay Lights project promises to change the face of another massive bridge in the area, the Bay Bridge, giving one side a massive 25,000 LED light makeover.

LED Gym Floor Changes Activities in Seconds

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Sports spaces are increasingly being used for multiple activities… one floor could be used for basketball, and an hour later used for a volleyball game. In an ever increasing effort to squeeze the most amount of use, function and cost efficiency out of our gym spaces one thing truly holds us back: painted lines.

New Light for Developing Countries Runs on Gravity

As we flip a switch to light up a room or use our cell phone flashlight to find our keys in the dark, it’s easy to take for granted how lucky we are. In many developing countries throughout the world, the people still rely on kerosene to light their way in the dark, which can be very dangerous and cost up to 20% of a person’s income. Looking to address this problem in the most efficient way possible, a team of engineers from the UK have designed an amazing light that runs on gravity and the weight of rocks or sand. As of now, the cost of each light is $10, which would pay for itself in 3 months of not using kerosene, but with further R&D the team thinks they could get the cost down to $5 each.

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Interactive Art Display That Dances With You

Visual experimental studio MADE debuts an interactive LED art installation “Future Self” that glows, reacts and even mimics anyone that comes near it. The outcome is a mirror image that transcends into 3D space. The concept for this installation was so new that not even the artist knew exactly what it would look like.

Revolights: Let Your Wheels Light The Way

With the advent of LED lights, the world of illumination has been revolutionized with a tiny, low power alternative. As we showed you before with Project Aura, the technology is now being applied to the revolving wheels of bicycles. This new prototype by the Palo Alto California based Revolights continues a growing trend with a novel new take on the idea: by using a set of side mounted rims on each wheel the system is able to both call attention to your presence and cleverly illuminate the road both in front and behind your bicycle. For more information, peddle over to revolights.com, then swing by their Kickstarter campaign to get these made!