Nowadays we can literally say to Alexa “Hey Alexa, please turn on living room lights.” and she does… which I am still getting used to. I remember when I was younger going to stores like Ikea or going online to look for lighting fixtures on websites like Wayfair, mostly for lava lamps, and they only ever turned on by a switch. Now that we are using our voices to control the lighting within our home, I feel like we are really experiencing the things we envisioned being futuristic. In this case, the Flithero’s Domino Lamp seems to be a tad impractical, but we promise that the design is intentional. The idea behind this lamp was to delve into interacting with something that is unconventional but fun all at once, while focusing on the simplicity of the process of switching a light on by an electric circuit.
Glithero’s co-founder Tim Simpson says ““With so much technology in our lives it is easy to take for granted that even simple things such as turning on a light are made possible by the physical properties of materials.” This lamp was designed for an exhibit at the Design Museum in London and it is titled ‘Reconsidering Canon’. This lamp is so much cooler than any lighting pendant we have seen yet and there are many interesting lighting stores here in Sarasota, such as Bee Ridge Lighting. We can only hope that inventive lights like this will hit stores soon in the future so we can get our hands on them!
The action to turn this lamp on is very elaborate and brings out the inner child in all of us. The Domino Lamp comes equipped with many copper dominos inside of it. Once you take them out and arrange them from one end of the table to the other, in any shape of your choice, you’re now ready to turn the light on. The user tips over the starting domino, or the “rocker”, and as they all fall over, they still are in contact, which forms the circuit that reaches the last domino, or the “receiver”. Once the circuit completes, you will be rewarded, not only by participating it making this light turn on using a set of dominos, but you will have light! Let there be light!