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Light - Kingston hackSpace

Kingston hackSpace

Kinetic Light by Poppy Pippin

An interactive light powered by kinetic energy from the movement of weights. The slow motion of the weight falling moves the gears which turns a motor to power the light. The project began from my interest in the idea of integrating renewable energy into the urban environment to reduce reliance on fossil fuels which contribute to climate change. The light is an interactive product and visual display that focuses on kinetic energy as an alternative form of energy.

The repurposed Xbox Kinect camera is able to function and register hand movement without the need of the console, instead using a laptop. With some slightly reworked code the Kinect uses motion sensors to react to the movement of the user in order to manipulate the image of coloured liquid projected in front of them.


By Grace Mitchell

Inspired by rock climbing equipment. The light clips inside the extrusion which is fixed to the wall. The clip can be flipped so the light can be projected upwards for ambient or downwards for a task lighting. The copper tape acts as a connector so the clip can be positioned anywhere within the extrusion.

The light uses a custom LED array that is connected to copper tape that have a power supply running along its length. The copper tape is attached connected to a low voltage power supply that is soldered to the copper tape. This in turn makes a connection with the clip and in turn lights the LED array. The casing of the extrusion is well insulated so no charge escapes along the outside of the copper tape.

Happy Lamps are kicking those old SAD lamps where the sun don’t shine. With 1 in 3 people suffering from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) it’s surprising that the most common form of treatment, light therapy, is one that is ugly, slightly scary and no fun at all. Happy lamp takes that nonsense and throws it under the bus.

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By Flora Macleod

Reactive lights ‘in high concentration’ This sketch makes use of the minim library to convert the various sound files into a series of data values that fluctuate with the peaks and troughs of the sound waves. Processing was used to convert these data values into the digital outputs on the Arduino board using the Arduino processing library. The outputs on the Arduino board were linked to LED strips via transistors to allow for them to be powered by a more powerful voltage.


Project by Emma Hayward

Older seniors need up to 10 times more ambient light for comfortable reading than those in their 20s.

The ageing Light intelligently measures the illuminance level in the room. Depending on the setting chosen by the user, it will switch itself on and adjust the brightness according to the surrounding environment.

Copper is used to create the tactile top, tarnishing with use over time to emphasise the raging aspect of the design. The body is made from opal glass, diffusing the light whilst hiding its internal workings. To control the levels, the entire body rotates around a central potentiometer. This plastic component allows interaction without interrupting the light quality. Marble is used for the base, giving the product weight and a sense of timelessness.

By Flora Macloed

"A voice sensitive light that, if used correctly illustrates a well-balanced conversation. It enables two users to see their flow of conversation, where balance is aesthetically represented by a wave of lights matching the user’s voice level, speed and volume. A verbal clash will deactivate the flow, resulting in an absence of light. From experience, we all know how it feels to be interrupted or not to be listened to; this light encourages people to remember this feeling, and to practice the art of sharing a meaningful conversation.  

Working on a project like this with the hackspace team has taught me so much, through technical failures and success, and I hope that I will be working on projects like this in the future."

The project uses an Arduino board with sound detecting modules listening for input through the microphones. The sound is then interpreted then output signals are sent to a series of LED strips that are triggered based on the volume of the sounds detected by the sound modules. An array data structure was used to allocate the two sound inputs to the correct LED strip outputs, allowing two sources to affect the one series of lights.

By Jack Jenkins

Electrodes were attached to the boxing gloves forming a circuit when in contact with the wire wool. When the connection is made, the wool ignites creating flames and sparks that spread along the surface of the material. The tests were done in very controlled conditions in a well ventilated area. The results were filmed and make for an impressive performance piece.

Project Designed by the Laura Brown, Illustration Animation BA 

The survival of rural communities; Dilwyn, Herefordshire (2017) 

My final major project for third year Illustration Animation was a documentary piece, based on the survival of rural communities. Focused on Dilwyn in Herefordshire and how it sustains a vibrant village atmosphere, having saved both the school and the pub from closure in recent years. The lights inside the buildings were LED strip which were then controlled by an Arduino board..  

The LED lights needed a separate power supply from the regular 5V provided by the Arduino. The power supply was regulated using transistors that took a signal from the output pins on the Arduino to trigger the larger voltage from the mains supply. The Arduino was programmed to send signals to transistors based on the amount of time elapsed since the Arduino board was activated. An mp3 player was set up to run in concert with the LED lights as they turned on and off in time to the track that was played.