Suddenly realized that we had never done a “round up” on tin can lighting…
Willem Heeffer’s “Campbell’s Soup Can Light” for Fuse Finds—(via: Unconsumption)—was preceded by Christoph Matthias and Hagen Sczech’s 2007 “Canned Light” for Ingo Maurer—proving once again that there is probably precedent for any Campbell’s Soup, pop-art paraphernalia that can be thought of. (See also: Campbell’s Spray Paint Cans)
Heeffer also did a “Heinz Beanz” of his hanging light (above) and both of the Fuse Finds lights feature a “recycled tuna can ceiling rose.”
“Recessed lights” are sometimes called "can lights" or “canned lighting" (or canister lights). I haven't seen any upcycled-tin-can recessed lights, however. Why not? Probably because the main idea of recessed lighting is for the fixture to be self-effacing. Whereas, with this type of tin-can lighting, the whole point of the excercise is for the recycled tin cans to be visible and identifable.
We have touched once before on hanging tin can lights in our post about Steve Roden’s audio-visual intallation work.
The idea of using tin cans as light fixtures has been in the air for a while now…
The idea has also been expressed in the form of advertising premiums and promotional restaurant lighting. (OK: some of this is aluminum can lighting.)
(These lamps are also reminiscent of Helmut Smits’s 2006 “Coca-Cola Light”)
A battery powered tin can light—a juakali lamp—is reportedly useful during Nairobi blackouts. (via Afrigadget.com)
And since wiring a lamp is not exactly rocket science, there are innumerable DIY examples to be found…
Upper left: a tin-can Sputnik light via: ReadyMadeBlogs; upper right: a coffee can light with a switch via DesignBoom; lower left: a goose-neck tin can reading light via Instructables; lower right: Peter van Zoetendaal’s “Tiny Tim”—another Campbell’s Soup can light; center photo: “tin can pendant lights” from Craft Hacker
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On left: a Budweiser beer can light via KittydirtVintage’s Etsy shop; center: a DIY coffee can light project from ReadyMade; on right the aforementioned Ingo Maurer Campbell’s “canned light” (not installed)
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