Light-at-Play: Projecting a Color Globe onto Various Objects and Surfaces

A light or image projector is a top class module that includes an optical device for a targeted projection straight from a light source. It is used to project an image (or if you like moving images) onto a certain surface, commonly a projection screen or whiteboard. In this application, however, I assembled a small light projector and embedded a 3D printed color surface into it. After that, I’ve been doing some trial & error work in various settings. Come and see how wonderful this works out when the light ‘paints’ various objects and surfaces in my backyard.

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Light-at-Play – A Hexagonal Lens Array illuminated by a projected Color Globe.

 

Light Projection: The Principles

The idea behind most projector lights is creating an image or concentrated hot spot by shining the light through a small transparent lens, for example to accentuate an object. The narrower the beam, the more precise and focussed the projection will be. LED lighting projectors are becoming more and more popular for use in a variety of applications. Emerging LED technology is now being applied onto a wide range of products, both for functional and decorative lighting purposes. Its durability and stability (incl. shockproofness) makes it an attractive lighting design option.

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Light-at-Play – Painting Pavement with a Color Globe.


Projector Types and Use

The most common type of projector we are all aware of is the ‘video projector’: A digital replacement for the earlier types of projectors such as overhead- or slide projectors. These earlier types of projectors were mostly replaced with digital video projectors throughout the 1990s and early 2000s (decade), but old analog projectors are still used at some places, for example at my grandparents’ home.

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Light-at-Play – Colored Spheres Array


LED Lighting Projectors are on the Rise

The latest generations of projectors are handheld projectors that use lasers or LEDs to project images, such as the device I used. A disadvantage is that its projections are hard to see if there is too much ambient light, so I limited this trial & error session to a fully dark garden environment only.

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Light-at-Play – Olive Tree and Rising Color Globe.

This blog is just another proof of evidence how light can enrich your ambiance in a functional or decorative way and turn unintresting or indistinct materials into living surfaces!

Good design is obvious, great design is translucent

It’s less than a month ago since I wrote about the upcoming launch of the Luximpress website. Cool stuff to work with for graphimedia and digital artists, working with SFX and light, or different. Here’s another innovation coming up, based on the same “Printoptical Technology” of LUXeXceL: 3d printed optics for the lighting industry.

The future outlook for this application is great, since it offers great flexibility in terms of design and supply chain simplification. Moreover, it is possible to combine both functional structures and elements with any graphic textures, typograhy, etc. to be printed in one single 3D printing process, the so called “Optographics”. As a result of this, the company will not only provide functional LED lighting optics, but also decorative, high-impact lamp shades & shields.

A comprehensive website will be launched on short term, to foresee in the international market demand for LED lighting optics and provide LUXeXceL’s users a central platform to work from and foresee in their information demand.

Next time I write you, I will show some expressive results of both functional optics and decorative optical design patterns. That time, maybe some first design impressions of the website will be available.