18. Oct 2017

3D-printed LED luminaires that harness renewable energy to store and generate electricity.

Text: Alison Ritter
Photos: Margot Krasojević

Renewable energy, and how to optimise the interaction between plan, typology, and architecture, has always been at the forefront of Margot Krasojević’s research and design approach. The LED luminaire depicted here consists of a 3D-printed net made of recycled polymer whose geometry is elastic yet strong enough to stretch and reform when subjected to tremors and shifting changes in its immediate environment. The net is designed to give the illusion of intensifying the light emitted due to the dome shape, which channels the light around the surface of the semi-transparent geometry.

When charged, the LEDs emit bright white light (645 lux). A threaded pipe forms the core of the LED luminaire, and can be inserted into the ground for stability, if required. All reverberations within the vicinity of the luminaire move the magnets through the copper coil contained within the threaded pipe, thereby inducing a current. The 3D-printed net resonates and amplifies the kinetic energy, transforming it into electrical current to feed the series of LEDs embedded within the geometry.

The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 106 as well as in our PLD magazine app (iPad App Store).


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