Blog posts

William Hughes’s LED Snowboarding Suit Lights Up the Nighttime Slopes

Gliding down the slopes of southeastern France at breakneck speed, William Hughes makes for an arresting sight. The effect is more than a little haunting: It’s nighttime, for one, and the Artec snowboarder is clad head to toe in an LED-studded snowsuit. Hughes is the star and subject of a video by fashion photographer and filmmaker Jacob Sutton, who spent three nights in the Rhône-Alpes on a skidoo, at temperatures of -13 degrees Fahrenheit, to obtain the footage. Sutton sought the assistance of electronics expert John Spatcher, to custom-make the “temperamental” garment, an endeavor that took 300 man-hours to complete,...

Read more →


‘The Red Devil’ Table lamp

This iconic gas heater was a must-have for your VW camper van in the 50s and 60s. It has been reborn as a retro table lamp.The Harper 350 Portable Gas Heater has a red cast iron base and a chromed reflector. I have added a red and black cable to complete the retro look.Can be used as a floor or table lamp. Comes complete with low energy 4w Led Filament ST64-Gold tint bulb
25,000 hour average life. 
Height 36cm
Depth 24cm
Width 24cm Item is PAT tested. it’s a light uses new electrical components for its lighting which comply with all current UK and...

Read more →


World's Largest 'Vegetable Factory' Revolutionizes Indoor Farming

Indoor vertical farming is often derided as a pipe dream and completely infeasible on a commercial scale, but Shigeharu Shimamura's farm proves that indoor farming is not only possible, but profitable. Shimamura started Mirai, an indoor farming company in 2004. When the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan, sparking the Fukushima nuclear disaster and causing food shortages, Shimamura seized the opportunity to turn an abandoned, semiconductor factory into what is now the world's biggest indoor farm. Mirai's indoor farm in Japan produces up to 10,000 heads of lettuce a day. At 25,000 square feet, the farm can yield up to 10,000 heads of lettuce...

Read more →


NASA to test faster, cleaner and quieter X-57 electric aircraft

NASA is planning tests of an experimental electric aeroplane, which it believes could lead to reduced flight times and carbon emissions for future air travel (+ slideshow).The X-57 aircraft will be used test NASA's new electric propulsion technology – part of a wider ongoing shift towards electric aircraft. The space agency hopes that by distributing electric power across 14 motors integrated into the wings, the plane will require five times less energy to cruise at 175 miles per hour."Typically, to get the best fuel efficiency an airplane has to fly slower than it is able," said NASA in a statement....

Read more →


Sedna re-creates Picasso lighting experiment using LEDs

Sedna, the Cardiff LED lighting specialist, has recreated Picasso’s light experiment using an LED torch to mark the 43rd anniversary of the artist’s death. Mike Collins who was responsible for re-creating Picasso’s experiment, says: “Sedna have proved themselves to be innovative thinkers -using their resources to make a brighter world.” Collins explains his approach on YouTube: https://youtu.be/WuvGae6QKpoIn 1949 Pablo Picasso was introduced to Life Magazine’s photographer, Gjon Mili. Mili, who was already working on creating lighting projects, showed Picasso some of his photographs of ice skaters with tiny lights attached to their skates jumping in the dark.According to a report...

Read more →