Artificial dawn

I mentioned, in a previous entry, that I have started keeping a box in my kitchen into which I throw things destined for recycling that might be useful for projects. Well even back then I had already started. I just hadn’t got a camera.This is my new lamp (crappy picture taken wit a webcam I’m afraid).
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It’s made from a tin that had black olives in it (yum!)
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…and the cork from wine bottle:
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This is what happens when I turn it on:

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The bulb is one of those old-school low-power ones that has to get warmed-up to the job of giving light. I found it in the kitchen in my appartment where it was a bit dim for locating midnight snacks.
After a few minutes it looks like this:

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I first saw this kind of bulb years ago at De Montfort University, in the Queen’s Building; there was a lecture theatre which had several of them in large white globe shades. When I turned on the lights there was a slow sunrise in the room that lasted about ten minutes. I wanted one of those in my bedroom.
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And now I have one. Thanks to a cheap timer-switch from Brico Depot, I get a personal indoor sunrise each morning between 6:00 and 6:10. Much nicer for waking up to than an alarm clock. The days are getting shorter up here but my new olive-lamp reminds me of my time in Kenya (about 50km south of the Equator) where the sun would reliably wake up at the same time each morning all year round.

5 Comments

  1. Tyg Says:

    Uuuuu … like the light … quite tempted to try and make some kind of light installation myself now …

  2. jan Says:

    cool light … clever Bro !! dad would be proud of you .. xxxx jan

  3. priscilla Says:

    bonjour Marc,
    j’essaye de t’écrire lentement pour que tu comprennes mon français. HA HA

    Peux tu me fabriquer une de tes lampes . se serait une sorte de veilleuse pour ne pas avoir peur des journées qui s ‘annoncent difficiles.

    Love

  4. mungbean Says:

    WE
    WANT
    MORE
    BLOG
    ENTRIES!

    Guess it’ll happen when you’ve finished bashing it out on your freebox…..

  5. christine Says:

    thats cool men!i really love it.
    kip it up.
    am suprised to learn that the kenyan sun was adding up to one of your dreams!