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Electric Ripple Lamps

The Rain Lamp Combines Electricity & Water to Create Stunning Light Effects

— May 26, 2015 — Art & Design
The Rain Lamp is a contraption that manages to bring together two elements that are usually kept as far away from each other as possible -- water and electricity. Designed by Richard Clarkson, this lamp shines a light through a reservoir at the bottom of a clear acrylic globe, resulting in the creation of gorgeous ripple patterns on the surface below.

The lamp is part of Clarkson's "harmonious contradictions" series and is inspired by the patterns that fish tanks make on the ceiling when their lighting is refracted through the water. The design of the lamp itself is minimalist -- a micro-peristaltic pump draws water up from the bottom, while droplets fall around a waterproof LED lightbulb. As the droplets hit the pool of water, ripples are created and light is refracted through the water's surface.

The Rain Lamp brings together modern technology and smart design to turn a simple household object into a visually stunning centerpiece.
Trend Themes
1. Water-electricity Integration - The Rain Lamp showcases the potential for combining water and electricity to create captivating light effects, presenting opportunities for innovative designs and applications.
2. Harmonious Contradictions - Richard Clarkson's lamp series exemplifies the trend of harmoniously blending contradictory elements, inspiring other designers to explore unconventional combinations in their creations.
3. Minimalist Water Ripples - The minimalist design of the Rain Lamp that generates beautiful ripple patterns in water opens up possibilities for minimalist lighting solutions with captivating visual effects.
Industry Implications
1. Lighting and Home Decor - The Rain Lamp represents an opportunity for lighting and home decor industries to incorporate water-electricity integration into products that combine aesthetics and functionality.
2. Design and Architecture - The harmonious contradictions trend observed in Richard Clarkson's lamp series presents disruptive innovation possibilities for designers and architects seeking to challenge traditional design boundaries.
3. Technology and Consumer Electronics - The minimalist water ripple design concept showcased in the Rain Lamp offers scope for technology and consumer electronics industries to explore new ways to create visually captivating lighting solutions.
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