Add a touch of class to your lighting setup with these Patrick Hartog Ceramic Cable Lights ($TBA). Inspired by mooring bollards, these simple white ceramic lights are made using slip casting techniques, then subsequently given life by the cabling, which is customizable to your preferences. A metal ring on the top adds a finishing touch and ensures the light stays balanced, so all you need to worry about is where to hang them.
Add a splash of color and a healthy dose of light to your living or working space with the Schoolhouse Radar Sconce ($160). Available in hardwired or corded varieties, it features a 1970s stamped electrical box as the main mount, a light inspired by one used on an industrial parts washer that's mounted on a flexible arm, a simple side-mounted on/off toggle switch, and your choice of colored shade — it comes in marigold, gloss black, aqua, gray, persimmon, and gloss white.
You spent a lot of time curating the thinnest, most stylish items to place on your desk — don't ruin the effect by lighting it all with a behemoth of a lamp. The Piccolo LED Task Light ($135-$150) should blend perfectly into such an environment. Crafted from anodized aluminum, the Piccolo's body is less than half an inch in diameter, and supplies plenty of warm light with a touch switch for dimming things down a bit. Don't have an outlet nearby? Not to worry, as it can run on USB power. Available with your choice of an etched glass, black anodized aluminum, or Italian marble base.
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Why go green with your lightbulbs when you can go orange, yellow, red, or blue? Philips Hue ($200) is a new series of LED-based lighting solutions that screw right in to normal light sockets. Plug a little box into your router, and you can control the color and intensity of one light bulb or all of them right from your iPhone, and thanks to the LED tech, they draw a max of 8.5W while shining as brightly as a standard 50W bulb, saving you money. Three lights and the wireless box are included in the starter pack; it's available exclusively through Apple. [Scouted by Brian]
For something we use so often, the light bulb hasn't changed much over the years. The LIFX ($70) is out to change all that. By packing Wi-Fi into a standard-sized bulb, it lets you control your lights using nothing but your phone. It's also based on LED technology, which allows you to change the color of the light on a whim, and ensures a lifespan of up to 25 years — all you need to do is replace your existing bulbs and enjoy. [Scouted by Perrin]
Add a little mil-spec flair to your home or office with Andromeda Tactical Lighting ($230). This custom lamp is based on the picatinny rail system, letting you independently move the legs and shades, and is crafted from black anodized aluminum and composite grade nylon, with a woven cord, colored anodized bolts, and a nostalgic filament bulb thrown in for good measure. The retail price will be $560, so get your Kickstarter pledge in now.
Live out your fantasies of world-saving heroics or world-destroying tyranny with the Panic Button Light Switch ($25). This standard light switch replacement features a huge red button in the place of the typical boring switch, and also acts a dimmer by turning the button. Set of matching launch keys not required.
Who said you needed gaudy Harley-Davidson gear to show your two-wheel pride? Classified Moto Furniture ($200-$1,500) lets you subtly show your love of motorcycling with a selection of stylish lamps, lighting fixtures, and tables that are built from salvaged/recycled parts taken from Japanese motorcycles from the '70s and '80s. Or you could just start parking your bike in your living room — totally up to you.
If you're looking to power your phone, provide some light, and preserve your modern decor at the same time, check out the Tunto PowerKiss Lamp (€1,050; roughly $1,400). Made from bent, ultrathin wood board, this unique lamp features PowerKiss wireless charging technology built into the base, touch-sensitive sensors for power and light intensity, and nine ultrathin LED lamps to provide plenty of light.
How long will the light bulbs in your favorite lamp last? One year? Two? How about thirty-seven? The Jake Dyson CSYS LED Task Light (£550; roughly $860) is designed to allow ultimate durability — thanks to advanced thermal management — and ultimate flexibility, thanks to a unique mounting system that lets you move the light source up or down and closer or farther away, guaranteeing that the light is right where you want it.
Looking to add an industrial touch to your home, office, or man cave? Start with Machine Shop Lighting ($650). Available in three styles, these handcrafted light fixtures are made using A36 raw steel that's been precision machined and fitted, with 3/8" thick Pyrex glass cones and stainless steel components. Order them online, or, if you're in the area, stop by the shop in Austin, TX.
Celebrate the golden age of film with this Hollywood Studio Floor Lamp ($1,850). Crafted from solid cast aluminum and steel, this reproduction of a '40s studio lamp features a ribbed glass cover, a stainless steel tripod stand that's height adjustable from 47 to 67 inches, and a mixture of powdercoat and polished aluminum finishes. Not included? A bulb.