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Danielle Trofe’s LED Hourglass Lamps Are Powered by Falling Sand

by , 05/08/13

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After the debut of her Live Screen hydroponic garden during NY Design Week 2012, Brooklyn-based designer Danielle Trofe is returning this year with a new series of off-the-grid LED lighting fixtures that are illuminated using the power of falling sand. Based on the shape of the hourglass, the new lamps need to be flipped to continue working and require the user’s involvement to stimulate awareness of the finite nature of lighting energy sources.



Danielle Trofe design, LED lamps, solar energy, kinetic energy , kinetic energy design, hourglass lamps, hourglass, green design, green lighting, lamp design, NY Design Week, NY Design Week 2013, Live Screen hydroponic garden, vertical garden

The Hourglass Floor Table Lamp works by harnessing kinetic energy from falling sand. The four-foot-tall lean Hourglass Floor Lamp is suspended and rotates on a hinge so it can be easily flipped once the sand runs out. The table version follows a similar principle and features slight design adjustments needed to facilitate its repositioning and optimal light directionality.

The new lighting series will be exhibited at the Wanted Design 2013 exhibit during NYC’s design week this month, along with Trofe’s award-winning Live Screen vertical garden.

+ Danielle Trofe Design

+ Wanted Design 2013

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15 Comments

  1. Brenda Wallis August 4, 2014 at 5:23 am

    You have some wonderful products here, but how does someone purchase them? Or are they just ideas that haven’t been made for purchase yet?

  2. hmirsadraee August 4, 2014 at 1:46 am

    nice

  3. Alan Munro July 24, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I’d be interested in knowing how bright the light is and how much it costs. If it’s too costly, people would much rather pay as they go, so they don’t have to shell-out big bucks in the short term.

  4. jamest July 20, 2014 at 8:09 am

    If someone wanted to make one, the concept isn’t too hard…
    http://www.specialneedstoys.com/usa/612-1665-large/4-wheel-color-drop-liquid-fun.jpg

  5. Andrea Peterson July 11, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Many people have asked if they can buy, but I don\\\’t see a response. I would love to know how much these cost and where you can buy. Thanks!

  6. Paolo Fratianni July 11, 2014 at 3:50 am

    I wonder if they’ll ever be produced for retail. If they aren’t super expensive I’d love to get one.

  7. springcatz June 4, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I like them are they available to buy?and what do they cost also I wonder how much light they produce similar to a desk lamp?

  8. James Silcock June 4, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I would love one as well or even better sell them :)

  9. Melanie Burke February 24, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Thea lamps are Beautiful! I would love to buy one. Something tells me that they will be WAY out of my Price range though. Funny how that is usually the case. Something that saves the earth is too expensive for most to use….so we keep paying the electric co. Still , a brilliant idea and beautiful application of it.

  10. Donkey Hotey December 11, 2013 at 6:27 am

    We must return to nature for signs of progress for
    off the grid and off fossil fuels,
    wonderful, when thinking outside the box
    produces perceptual shifts, and the AH AH moments.
    donkey.

  11. jjones315 October 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Is the lamp for sale anywhere? I would love to know.

  12. Antiles October 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    How much does this Tech COST ? ? Could it be cheap enough to Light Third World Countries ? ?

  13. d1g1t4l_nrg August 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    So, I was wondering if only one side of this hour glass is lit up?

  14. Tom Headrick August 14, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    That is SO cool! Must use a crystal on the bottom for the impacts to generate the electricity. Like a lighter, where the snap and hit against a crystal makes the arc that lights the lighter. I wonder if you could do the same thing with grains of steel, going through a coil?

  15. dgetz May 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Is this lamp for sale?