Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on October 14, 2008
Nick Foley, a New York industrial design student, has added another artistic light fixture to his portfolio. His latest design is an artistic hand-forged hollow steel tree that serves as the charging station for three urethane pear-shaped lights. He states, “Each pear contains ten ultra bright white LEDs, an autonomous charging circuit, and rare-earth magnets that allow it to be ‘picked’ from the tree and remain fully illuminated for over an hour.”
The design and concept are quite innovative and unique. I’m not sure of the practicality of plucking glowing bulbs from the tree rather than grabbing a flashlight, but I have to admit it would make quite a conversation piece. In addition, anytime you have the opportunity to use an art piece as a functional accessory, it gives you the best of both worlds.
The upside to LEDs is that they produce more light per watt than incandescent bulbs, and are ideal for use with frequent on-off cycling, unlike fluorescent lamps that burn out more quickly when cycled frequently. And, of course, a big green factor — LEDs do not contain mercury. The downside is that LEDs are currently more expensive, and reports show that some white LEDs are capable of exceeding safety limits of blue-light hazard as defined in eye safety specifications.
Overall, I like the artsy Pear Tree Light… and on stormy nights when the lights go out… I think it would a hoot to just pluck a glowing pear and roam through the house!