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LED Floor lamp, need your opinions - November 12, 2011, 08:54 AM

I've started dabbling in making LED light fixtures (lamps, accent, ambient, etc) and just finished one of the first lamps. I'd like to get some feedback on its look, if you would use one in your own home, and what you think one should sell for.

This is not a for sale thread or one to take orders.

If you have suggestions please share them. I've already got some nice feedback from family and now would like some more 'public' feedback.

One pictures shows the LED face, one picture shows the lamp lit in a mildly lit room, and the last picture is the lamp lit in a dark room.

The lamp was designed to bounce light off a surrounding wall and is more of an ambient light considering it will not sufficiently light a room like a 100watt halogen standing lamp would.

Understand that this lamp is not 100% finished but more of a mock up.
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November 12, 2011, 09:39 AM

i wouldve bounced it off the ceiling to minimize shadows and give a more even coverage of light


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November 12, 2011, 09:49 AM

^^^Agree with Chris.
If you're going to make a bounce light, it's better to do it as a torchiere.
Just another consideration, what brand of LEDs are you using? Cree, Phillips, etc.
A brand like Cree will have natural white LEDs in their inventory so you get warm, sunlight colored light versus the typical LED bright white / blueish white which makes you feel like you're in a nightclub.



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November 12, 2011, 09:51 AM

I think it looks awesome, mainly cuz it doesn't look like a lamp. I'd rock one if I had modern decor, no doubt about it. Skillz MF'r, you got 'em.


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November 12, 2011, 09:53 AM

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i wouldve bounced it off the ceiling to minimize shadows and give a more even coverage of light
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November 12, 2011, 10:00 AM

Looks really neat in 1st and 2nd pic, 3rd pic looks really flat once you see how white it is. You might consider using an amber color for more warmth?


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I've been thinking about upgrading one of my fleshlights with LED lighting.


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November 12, 2011, 10:11 AM

Nice!

I'm sure you realize that this concept model is far from finished. This type of product is a novelty not a necessity and should be designed and priced as such. Meaning that the current base wouldn't really be appropriate. If that was the base to be used then the price of the lamp would have to be less than other floor lamps that use that same base.

Overall I think you're on to something with a certain niche product line centered around minimalism and long lasting, low power consumption lighting accents. I agree with Chris that a model that lines where the ceiling meets the wall would be more appealing and useful, but that would just be one of the models around the niche product line. A floor model would also be necessary.

The final model should have the LED bulbs incorporated into the cylinder housing itself and hopefully and even slimmer cylinder. Light output intensity control would also be a nice add-on feature. This is the type of product that you travel around the country and show off at Home Shows.

As far as pricing, being that it's a niche for minimalist decor your target should be high quality, high cost. These lamps should start above $150 for the full size ones and no less than $100 for any smaller models you design.

Be aware that as simplistic as this design is I wouldn't think that filling for a patent (expensive) would be necessary, but you may want to do your research to make sure that nobody else has patented something overly similar before. Avoiding Infringement Problems - FindLaw

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November 12, 2011, 01:07 PM

Thanks guys, really appreciate the feedback!

Bouncing it off the ceiling is certainly do-able and I've been piecing together a similar setup that would incorporate a bulbs at the very top (though look the same as this one) with a very wide spread of light. Also considering bringing the two together.

The types of LED in this unit are simple SMDs, I wouldn't bother with CREEs until I was ready to knock out a 'finished' product.

Dimming is also an option though that's always a difficult task with LEDs.

This current light is close to 3000k even though the iphones camera makes it seem blue in one of the pictures (when it's most certainly not).

Nootherids, thank you, I agree with everything you said and the base of this unit is certainly not one that I would use if I were to create more. I appreciate all the input you provided!

I haven't thought about going as far as filling for a patent (yet) but if this looks to be a venture that I'd want to pursue then I'm certain the patents will follow.


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If you take on this venture full force in the future don't keep us "in the dark"! Hahaha (somewhat ghey pun intended)

Btw, what I meant by an "indirect light beam towards the ceiling" was by mounting a horizontal bar suspended up by the ceiling somehow. Not too hard once the focal rod with the LEDs is designed.
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If you take on this venture full force in the future don't keep us "in the dark"! Hahaha (somewhat ghey pun intended)

Btw, what I meant by an "indirect light beam towards the ceiling" was by mounting a horizontal bar suspended up by the ceiling somehow. Not too hard once the focal rod with the LEDs is designed.


Honestly, I've pretty much already have the rod with the leds and a slight diffuser already setup. I think all I'd need to do is mock up a sleek way of hanging it which also incorportates the power leads (which could be slim thanks to the small power req.). The hard part is powering it, if it were hardwired in to the ceiling like a recessed light then you'd need everything associated with a j-box setup or how ever they wire up track lighting. Unfortunately I do not have a strong background in home electricity.


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The final model should have the LED bulbs incorporated into the cylinder housing itself and hopefully and even slimmer cylinder.
I forgot to touch on this! The strip is already contained withing a machined cylinder with a cap on one end, the unit even has a window to shield the leds from direct contact. I'll work to get a picture that'll show exactly what I'm talking about.


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November 12, 2011, 05:09 PM

Looks funky mang, looks good. As supplemental light, I don't mind bouncing it off the wall... as an only light I agree with the ceiling suggestions above.

And yeah, third pic it looks too white/ blueish...

I think something like this would look good, put a circle LED strip inside the funnel... just an idea

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