LEDs are touted as the ultimate in energy efficient lighting, but the world’s first prototype of the light-emitting diode was likely a far cry from the tiny, featherlight versions we’re used to today. To pay tribute to the LED inventor Nick Holonyak Jr., creative studio Alburno designed a fictional representation of the original 1962 prototype. The retro-style lamp is constructed with hand-blown glass set atop a wooden base. In a twist of strange irony, however, the bulbs used in these pictures appear to be halogen lamps rather than actual LEDs.

+ Alburno

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