Wooden Lightbulb?


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Ok so when I first saw this I was like, “How the hell would wood be sufficient casing for a bulb?!” and I was totally hooked.

Turns out it’s simply that there’s a thin wooden shell encasing a LED bulb – which, in the end, totally makes sense. Though not as incredible a feat as I initially though it would be, it’s still a pretty tricky thing to do, getting wood to be thin enough to allow light through.

The creator, Ryosuke Fuksada, reduced the wooden case to its minimum thickness by a Japanese artisanal technique called Rokuro.

The naturalistic bulb won the Kyoto Renaissance design competition though the artist has said on his site that the bulb is still under development.

Still…pretty cool right?

[Via Mashable]







4 Responses to Wooden Lightbulb?

  1. @ Cassandra…read it again…LED bulb, no filament, minimal, almost NO heat.

    My son-in-laws father who was a master duck decoy and bird statue carver made a hanging lamp that is similarly cool by taking small smooth 'river rocks' of what I believe is yellow/brown quartz carving or grinding hollows on the flattest sides and gluing them to all 4 sides of a clear Lexan rectangular (open ended ) box, then installing an incandescent lamp in side. It hangs over the picnic table and has a beautiful mellow deep golden amber glow, and the open bottom gives enough white light to eat, read play, etc.

      • Agree, Good point Nate It is defended as being "LED without heat waste, unlike hot incandescents"
        Firstly, LEDs produce nearly as much heat (70%) as incandescents.
        Secondly, their heat is internalized, to ironically give a greater fire risk from the bulb itself.
        Thirdly, the fact that incandescent heat is radiated out usually makes it a useful side effect – all as referenced on Dunday com "The Deceptions used to justify bans on ordinary light bulbs”