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Sound Bulbs
May 22, 2013, 3:53 pm
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I’ve created what I call ‘Sound Bulbs’ that combine a light bulb connector with music players so that it’s possible to screw in your music player into any light bulb socket. I was invited to take part in an exhibition during Clerkenwell Design Week called Design Exquis. The idea of the exhibition was a little like the game of Chinese whispers in that a first designer/artist was given an object (a stethoscope), they then had to find inspiration from that to create a new object of their own. That object was then passed to me and I was challenged to create something inspired from that. This continued for 4 people. The object I was given was a ceiling lamp by ‘Plant and Moss’. I started to think about ceiling lights and the question of ‘why do we only plug light bulbs into lamp sockets?’

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My first thought was that it would be interesting to have music playing from the centre of a room, to be able to plug in a radio for example. I actually don’t use ceiling lights so much and prefer table lights for a more subtle light in the room. I set about finding old radios from markets and shops that I could convert with the addition of a bayonet or Edison screw light bulb connector and a 9v transformer to connect to where the battery would normally be. I decided to demonstrate the idea at the exhibition with a table lamp also. I could have chose a minimal table lamp and a modern day music player, but decided to go in the opposite direction. There are not many opportunities in life  to combine 1880 golden statues with 1980 ghetto blasters so I took it.

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The table lamp also has a little pull string to turn on and off. Of course there are many potential directions to my concept. remote. I have further uses and additions for this idea in mind.

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During research I discovered that the very first electric irons were powered by electric lamp sockets see this 1920’s picture below.

Untitled-3The link to the Exhibition facebook page is here

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[…] Check out his blog post here on the project and where you can catch him and it during Design Week. […]

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That’s pretty nifty.

Comment by Peter Greene

Lots of things were plugged into light sockets originally, including washing machines!

There is a very interesting talk from Jeff Bezos (of Amazon fame) here http://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_bezos_on_the_next_web_innovation.html with lots of pictures of items such as toasters etc and indeed the washing machine which had one rather fatal design flaw…

Comment by Alex Andronov

Yes I mention the plug in iron of 1920’s in the post that had a long lead. These sound bulbs screw directly in. (a new twist :) Having sound hanging from the centre of a room is interesting to me also.

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[…] calls them Sound Bulbs, and they were built in response to a game aimed at finding new uses for old objects. The challenge […]

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