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Pixel Light

February 2017

I've always had a penchant for interesting lighting solutions. With this project I took the opportunity of scratching my own itch, while getting to spend some time in the workshop. It's nice to take a break from regular pixels.

Just to mix it up.

The final result is a square lighting piece, made to stand on the floor of a room, leaned towards a wall. It's lit by LEDs within an oaken frame, covered by a panel of acrylic.

While LED-lighting is easy to work with, the light sources tends to be very piercing unless diffused. Using a translucent material solves this problem. Here I'm using a piece of white acrylic, 80% translucent to light.

An even distribution of the LEDs around the frame together with the acrylic almost perfectly diffuses the light, and makes the individual LEDs invisible to the viewer.

(Want some inspiration on translucent materials? Here's my Pinterest board)

The Pixel can give ambient light to a room using any color from the RGB spectrum.

One of the main design goals was to make the Pixel nice to look at during daylight, when it's not functional as a light source itself.

The frame is made out of untreated oak, to keep the wood finish soft and desaturated.

Want some build something similar?

I'm always up for nerding out on design, parts and techniques on Twitter or email.