A new dimension to lighting technology
Posted on 10th December 2019
Did you know that you can now tailor your own lamp shade and light online?
Using 3D printing techniques, it will be made using recyclable material and delivered to your door within two weeks.
With a few clicks you can have your own bespoke LED table lamp made from 24 recycled CDs.
This new service has been launched across Europe following a successful pilot project in Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.
Customers can select a base design and personalise it by choosing the size, colour, texture and pattern of their luminaire and type of LED.
The base is made from recyclable polycarbonate for strength; no glue is used, they have fewer parts and are 30% lighter, making them easier and more environmentally friendly to deliver.
Almost every component can be reused or recycled, supporting the idea of a circular economy. Excluding the electronics and bulb, the carbon footprint of your bespoke luminaire is almost half of its traditional alterative.
This is the first mass-market service that allows you to tailor your own sustainable lighting. Because it’s offered online it could also be available in other web stores.
Printing from recycled CDs
Next year a wider range of 3D printed products will become available using recycled material.
From January next year the existing factory in the Netherlands will be able to create luminaires up to 60 cm in height and width. There are plans to have more 3D printing factories in the USA, India and Indonesia.
In the UK Marks and Spencer (M&S) is already on board and plans to have thousands of 3D printed luminaires in its stores by the end of 2020.
The M&S Research & Development Manager says: “These luminaires are the first retail lighting application we’ve seen that improves the sustainability of our stores and they are extremely complementary to our sustainability strategy. The potential for these fittings is enormous, both from an energy and cost-efficiency perspective.
“They are printed on demand to fit perfectly without any adjustments or cutting into our ceilings. We can also return them to have them recycled and have new designs printed, enabling us to be current and topical."
Did you know?
Continuing on the recycled lighting theme, this year Manchester is claiming to be the first UK city to use recycled 'eco' lights for its Christmas display. They mostly use organically sourced renewable materials and recycled aluminium. The majority of the decorations have been made using 3D printing.
The sustainable city centre lighting scheme includes festive sculptures that will feature 360,000 low-energy LED lights.
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