Gallery: RECYCLED TUBE LIGHT by Castor Canadensis

 

If you happen to have a large number of old fluorescent tubes and don’t know what to do with them, here’s the perfect idea for you! The Toronto based design collective known as Castor Canadensis fashions beautiful ceiling lights out of discarded old fluorescent tubular lightbulbs.

Castor Canadensis, a collective of craftmen and artists with eclectic background of craftsmentship and design, has created this stunning ‘Recycled Tube Light’ from refuse tubular lightbulbs. While it may look simple, as it is simply lamp made by wrapping a series of dead tubes around a pair of incandescent bulbs, what we really liked is the idea of repurposing an item which is very commonly disposed improperly, by throwing it into the trash, rather than the proper disposal that these tubes require.

There are two versions, a slightly longer one, for hanging horizontally and a smaller 2 foot version for lying on the table or the floor. Now, if we could just get one that uses compact fluorescents instead of tungsten bulbs.

(Via The Canadian Design Resource)

+ Castor Canadensis

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22 Comments

  1. Tafline Laylin Tafline Laylin October 22, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Please contact the designer directly for any pricing or purchasing details: http://www.castordesign.ca/

  2. Dave Davis October 22, 2013 at 6:17 am

    how much do these lights retail for?
    I am looking to replace a traditional bulb light fitting and this light is ideal.
    can you please let me know how much they are?

  3. turnerjk1 April 26, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Can someone find out how Castor Canadensis is removing the mercury that is left over in florescent light bulbs? I work for Waste Management and can personally advise that florescent light bulbs that have burned out or worse, have broken, are potentially harmful because of the mercury vapor gas that is emitted from them…

  4. saxansseo November 10, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Good Idea

  5. jackieoh September 30, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Haha! What a retard that castor is. “It’s dangerous to have lightbulbs around your house!” Dude, are you currently living in the dark or something?

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  9. orrin September 28, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    I wonder how that works with mercury being used in fluorescent tubes and all. Not sure I’d want to keep them around my house that much. Plus as evets mentioned… accident waiting to happen if someting bumped into it. Not very practical.

  10. diggmediggyou September 28, 2007 at 1:30 am

    That’s a genius idea. We should find the way to recycle the thing we don’t want to make it more useful.
    Sometimes i will use the unwanted thing to make something like pencil box, container, flower vase and many more. My grand mum is a great maker.

  11. kia September 27, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    how about if the client sends the old bulbs to the designer in order to be recreated into this marvel?

  12. Chris September 27, 2007 at 11:17 am

    castor canadensis == beaver

    cute!

  13. Version33 September 27, 2007 at 6:13 am

    It would be much more clever if they put a small Tesla coil in the center and actually illuminated the tubes.
    (A Tesla coil will illuminate burnt out fluorescent tubes through high frequency excitation and doesn’t use the burnt electrodes)

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  15. Amrit Hallan - HowToPlaza September 27, 2007 at 3:33 am

    Great way to use old tubes. But we’ll need to gather these many old tubes :-)

  16. evets September 27, 2007 at 1:05 am

    Health risk and disaster waiting to happen

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  18. TrigZ September 26, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    Stick in some LED’ into the tungsten sockets! Reckon it would look bloody awesome!

    Heres a site to buy the LED’s from, and there CHEAP to!
    http://www.ledkoolight.com/products/index.htm

    Let me know how you go!

  19. Shawon September 26, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Very nice idea. And Jeranon: they don’t really look that bad, maybe just the way it is there, so yea doesn’t look that good just hanging on the ceiling like that. But I think it can looking better attached to something or maybe like in a corner standing near the wall or something.

  20. Alex Ribeiro September 26, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    Wow, very nice lamp.

  21. Jeranon September 26, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    “beautiful ceiling lights”
    as clever as this idea is… I gotta be honest, they look rather… hideous.

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