WET Lamp

December 23, 2009
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Water-filled glass lamp with manual dimmer

According to Los Angeles-based NONdesigns, water and electricity have become friends. WET Lamp is an elegant and playful series of hand-blown glass lamps, each with a water-submerged light bulb at its center. This placement of an exposed light bulb in water creates an intriguingly simple dimmer switch: when a thin silver rod is slid into the water through a silicone gasket, the WET Lamp turns on and becomes progressively brighter as the rod is submerged and delivers greater amounts of current.

Despite its precarious concept, the WET Lamp is a completely safe product that utilizes low-voltage power and easily replaceable bulbs. The WET Lamp is approached with caution, but users can’t stop playing with it. According to designer Scott Franklin, “my mom always said not to play with electricity near water, but I couldn’t resist the allure of testing the preconceptions of such a familiar material.”

Contact: NONdesigns LLC, Pasadena, CA, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial 2: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment

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