February 4th, 2013 – Any architect, designer, or photographer will tell you that light is integral part of a space. The concept of artificial light in a space has rapidly evolved, and with this evolution, lighting designers are exploring new ways to integrate lighting into spaces. Romania-based industrial designer Diana Dumitrescu has been examining the shapes and surfaces of the bulbs and fixtures in her new Black Light collection. “By using free-form curves, surfaces and volumes I wanted to represent the concept of a basic shape transformed in a complex structure,” the designer noted. “Having a black bulb instead of a regular one adds a detail that makes a big difference in the interpretation of the the final product.” Dumitrescu is using both black tinted incandescent bulbs and black light bulbs in the three fixtures.
A black lamp connected to a black cord drop into a molecular styled “lamp shade” in Dumitrescu’s first fixture. The bulb emits an ultraviolet radiation, which is invisible to the human eye. By having the shape around the bulb fluorescent, the observable light will be the actual glow of the structure. Her second and third fixtures use a collection of the black tinted bulbs to collectively form a floor lamp and a ceiling fixture. The third fixture is poetic, one dark standing pole with one black light. Such a contrast happens when the light bulb is on and off – the lamp can be both black as the night and bright as day. The dark bulb camouflages what’s inside – while the LEDs provide a bright indicator signal, they are hidden behind the tinted glass when not in use. Once the bulb is turned on, it appears as white, and creates ambient light as it should.
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