Could 3D Printed Lamps Change Household Lighting And Decor?

This year has been a big one when it comes to new bulb innovations and re-imagining of lighting in your average home. As consumers are rethinking their lightbulb purchasing habits, energy savings and use, designers are also using technology to give home interior lighting a new look.

One distinct example comes from Paris based designers who have used 3D printing for light fixtures that create dramatic lighting effects– which could work especially well with colored and standard LEDs.  

“Linlin and Pierre-Yves say the plastic is heat resistant and can stand up to an incandescent bulb, although they recommend using LED bulbs instead. Colored LEDs would probably make the effect even more striking.”

Manufacturing methods like 3D printing are now inherent to design concepts and prototype building.  The merger of design and technology is likely to become a bigger factor when it comes to development of new products, and manufacturers and designers who make the most of this combination are sure to capture the attention of consumers, specifically those seeking something a little bit different and innovative.

Do you think fixture design could actually help boost the prevalence of LED bulbs? 

4 thoughts on “Could 3D Printed Lamps Change Household Lighting And Decor?

  1. Richard says on November 12, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I like the idea that 3D printers can print so much stuff but I have to admit that the lace print that the light puts out on the wall would get a little old. I do like the idea the you can make your own light fixtures though because you could have some really good idea and sell them even. What I neat post it gives me something to consider.

  2. Bart says on November 14, 2014 at 1:33 am

    I think what 3D printers can do is kind of scary and I am not really willing to find out if someone can make a gun or not that actually works. What was the original purpose for the 3D printer anyway? I always thought it was about being able to make models of something you truly wanted to build but to scale. Maybe it has just been abused.

  3. Filiberto says on November 15, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I don’t see any reason why 3D printing technology can’t improve and even revolutionize the future of home and office lighting design. After all, if 3d printers are being used to make weapons and music instruments, then why not home furnishings of all kinds. To anyone who hasn’t seen this video or any other demonstration, 3-D printing sounds futuristiclike the meals that materialized in the Jetsons’ oven at the touch of a keypad. But the technology is quite straightforward: It is a small evolutionary step from spraying toner on paper to putting down layers of something more substantial (such as plastic resin) until the layers add up to an object. And yet, by enabling a machine to produce objects of any shape, on the spot and as needed, 3-D printing really is ushering in a new era.

  4. Edward says on November 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    This article reminds me of a news story about artist Jonty Hurwitz who created so far the most detailed nano-sculptures with 3D printing and a technique called “Multi-Photon Lithography. Ultimately these works are created using the physical phenomenon of two photon absorption. Art, literally created with Quantum Physics. If you illuminate a light-sensitive polymer with Ultra Violet wavelengths, it solidifies wherever it was irradiated in a kind of crude lump. Some of you may have experienced a polymer like this first hand at the dentist when your filling is glued in with a UV light. If however you use longer wavelength intense light, and focus it tightly through a microscope, something wonderful happens: at the focus point, the polymer absorbs TWO PHOTONS and responds as if it had been illuminated by UV light, namely it will solidify. This two photon absorption occurs only at the tiny focal point – basically a tiny 3D pixel (called a Voxel). The sculpture is then moved along fractionally by a computer controlled process and the next pixel is created. Slowly, over hours and hours the entire sculpture is assembled pixel by pixel and layer by layer.

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