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  • Lamp Model – “Beyond Construction” Lamp

     Mark Suszko updated 2 years, 7 months ago 4 Members · 5 Posts
  • Harrison Marchant

    June 23, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Hey there! I’m a 17 year old student studying Art and Design for one of my A levels. I’ve made a proof of concept for my lamp I’m making for school but unfortunately due to these trying times that is all I can do. I’ve made a lamp based off of construction cranes. The idea was to get several cubes that could link together to make a lamp of your determined size and curvature. I’ve also made a YouTube video explaining the main process. I would love to get some feedback on your opinions on the lamp design, how much you’d pay for it, or any extra additional thoughts you may have, thank you.

    The youtube video can be found at

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  • Rick Wise

    June 23, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Most impressive on many levels. However, for professional work this design seems to me to be far too complex and difficult to adjust in height and angle in a hurry, a state in which we always find ourselves.

    Rick Wise
    MFA/BFA Lighting and Camera Instructor Academy of Art University
    San Francisco Bay Area

  • Todd Terry

    June 23, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Rick is right… that’s something that’s probably not applicable to the film and video production industry, which is what this forum is for. I’m not sure you know that, we occasionally get posts in here from someone asking about designing lighting for their kitchen or pool or whatever… but that’s not what we all do. This forum is primarily about professional lighting design for cinematography and such (and maybe a little bit of stage work).

    BUT… your idea is an uber-cool thing, and you’ve got very neat design there. I can certainly see it in a home/office/industrial setting, which is what I guessing the target market would be. You’ve done great work.


    Todd Terry
    Creative Director
    Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.

  • Rick Wise

    June 23, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Very nicely put, Todd. I think this young man has a potentially terrific future.

    Rick Wise
    MFA/BFA Lighting and Camera Instructor Academy of Art University
    San Francisco Bay Area

  • Mark Suszko

    August 3, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    The video’s not bad, it could be tightened-up in the editing and narration, the wording could be more active voice.

    This looks like something that could be 3-d printed in sections to make as long a stalk as one wants. But I may see a design problem in that you’re putting all the weight and leverage of the system on these independent screws, tightened by hand or fingers… the screw hinges at the base and lower units are taking a heavy load – and holding it only by friction. This is a place where splined rods or some kind of built-in adjustable hooks and latches, based on zip-tie teeth, might help.

    I tried imagining your design scaled up to a floor lamp scale, either with a handful of large modules, or a snakier thin one with many modules. I think it would need a thin guitar string or piano wire running along the curve to hold it together in tension, or it will want to just snap and fall over at one of the hinges when the grip fails.

    Have you thought about pitching these, scaled-up, as prop stage lighting? I’ve seen weirder things at a Peter Gabriel concert.

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