These LED Bulbs Were Made to Resemble Vintage Incandescents

The incandescent light bulbs many people grew up with are officially a thing of the past. At the start of 2014, a law banning the production of the familiar 40- and 60-watt bulbs went into effect in the U.S.. And while the Edison-era incandescents definitely weren’t winning any prizes in efficiency—they emitted 90 percent of their energy in the form of heat—that warm, nostalgic aesthetic couldn’t be beat. Luckily, some lighting companies are finding ways to produce vintage-looking bulbs with LED technology.

The “Roxy” model from Lighting Science—the same company that designed lights for the International Space Station—features vertical, LED strips meant to resemble tungsten filaments that glow warmly behind a classic, clear bulb. The company’s chief technology officer Fred Maxik told Architectural Digest, “People have been putting incadescent bulbs in fixtures for years and love the way they look, and we thought it was important to respect that.” The bulb comes in the regular Soft White, and in Candle White for an even warmer feel.

Bulbrite, a leading manufacturer of specialty lights, also produces their own vintage line called Nostalgic LED Filaments. In addition to offering a range of colors, their lights come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Customers can purchase bulbs that are long and skinny, fat and round, or sleek and flame-shaped for their chandeliers. 

LED bulbs may produce stronger, more efficient light, but their space-aged bodies don’t always make for the best decoration. If you’re looking for an old school bulb to add some vintage class to your home, consider one of these earth-friendly options.

[h/t: Architectural Digest]

Amsterdam is Turning Plastic Trash Into 3D-Printed Furniture

The city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is taking a unique approach to waste management, Inhabitat reports. Under the direction of The New Raw, a Rotterdam-based design studio, recycled plastic is being used to make public benches that capture a lot of the area’s charm while providing solutions for the 51 pounds of plastic refuse each Amsterdam resident tosses away each year.

The initiative is called Print Your City! and encourages those materials to be repurposed via 3D printing to make new, permanent fixtures. The New Raw calls it a “closed loop” of use, where the plastic is used, reused, and materialized in the same environment. The bench, dubbed XXX, seats two and rocks back and forth with the sitters' movements, offering a metaphor for the teamwork The New Raw is attempting to cultivate with the general public.

A plastic chair is surrounded by trash
Print Your City!

“Plastic has a major design failure,” says Panos Sakkas, an architect with The New Raw. “It’s designed to last forever, but it’s used only for a few seconds and then easily thrown away.”

The goal is to collect more plastic material in the city to use for projects that can be designed and implemented by citizens. In the future, 3D printing may also support bus shelters, waste bins, and playground material—all of it recyclable.

[h/t Inhabitat]

Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs

Dominos are made to fall down—it's what they do. But in the hands of 19-year-old professional domino artist Lily Hevesh, known as Hevesh5 on YouTube, the tiny plastic tiles can be arranged to fall up a flight of stairs in spectacular fashion.

The video spotted by Thrillist shows the chain reaction being set off at the top a staircase. The momentum travels to the bottom of the stairs and is then carried back up through a Rube Goldberg machine of balls, cups, dominos, and other toys spanning the steps. The contraption leads back up to the platform where it began, only to end with a basketball bouncing down the steps and toppling a wall of dominos below.

The domino art seems to flow effortlessly, but it took more than a few shots to get it right. The footage below shows the 32nd attempt at having all the elements come together in one, unbroken take. (You can catch the blooper at the end of an uncooperative basketball ruining a near-perfect run.)

Hevesh’s domino chains that don't appear to defy gravity are no less impressive. Check out this ambitious rainbow domino spiral that took her 25 hours to construct.

[h/t Thrillist]


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