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Turn any space into a light source with a swipe of your hand

02 November 2016

A University of Brighton graduate has developed a modular wall light called Helios Touch that can change shape with the swipe of the hand.

Helios Touch (Credit: University of Brighton)

Helios Touch was designed by James Vanderpant during his final year studying Product Design and is now being brought to market with the help of Dyena, a company normally specialising in engine design and maritime architecture.

The modular wall light uses moveable hexagon panels to design a unique artwork. Any space can be turned into a light source, and with a swipe, the wall is illuminated by the path of the hand. The low-voltage LED panels are attached using internal magnetic contacts allowing them to be rearranged into any shape. 

James, who graduated in the summer, said: “Initial research revealed that advancements in energy efficiency were not necessarily leading to a reduction of overall energy consumption within lighting – thus the project took on a direction of tackling energy consumption from a different angle. 

“This product is a solution by being a more dynamic and personal lighting system; it is specific to each individual environment and scenario, ensuring a minimal amount of waste.

“Using their technical knowledge, Dyena’s team of engineers made major progress with the internal design, optimising functionality and creating a more suitable solution for manufacture.”

James Glover, founder and Technical Director of Southampton-based Dyena, spotted Helios at the Product Design students’ Brighton Design Exhibition. He said: “Helios Touch adds excitement and fun to living or working space, improving quality of light and life – and it allows you to create impressive designs.” 


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