Oled Moon Chandelier was featured in The Sunday Telegraph (16.06.13) following its first public exhibition at Art Basel.
The article by Sarah Lonsdale, the Telegraph’s resident reporter on??green issues’, focuses on OLED technology and Dominic’s breakthrough achievement of a spherical design, rather than its normal flat use.
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Visitors to this year?s prestigious Basel Art Fair have been intrigued and astonished by a chandelier designed by Dominic Harris, a British lighting artist. A group of 19 transparent suspended globes glow from within, as if by magic, each globe appearing to cradle a tiny crescent moon. Depending on the angle from which the chandelier is viewed the light seems either to bloom from the top of each globe, or pool at the base.
The globes are illuminated by ?OLEDs? (organic light?emitting diodes), the latest in eco-lighting technology, providing light with minuscule amounts of power. Each globe requires less than two watts of electricity, the entire chandelier using under 30 watts. As a comparison with conventional lighting, OLEDs produce 45 lumen’s (a measurement of brightness) per watt of electricity compared with 10 lumen’s per watt for tungsten bulbs. The Moon chandelier, shown publicly for the first time at Basel, represents a breakthrough for OLED technology, which has been exciting environmentally concerned scientists, designers and architects for several years but has, until recently, resisted widespread applications for domestic lighting.
?OLEDs are fascinating from an artistic point of view because of their creative potential?, says Dominic, who trained in architecture at University College London before moving into more experimental materials and technologies. Whereas in Tungsten lighting electricity passes through a wire and in fluorescent lighting the current passes through one or more extremely thin layers of organic semiconductor material sandwiched between microscopically thin layers of glass. Light can appear in layers sheets and in strange curved shapes, not from a single point. Dominic?s chandelier which focuses the OLEDs? light through acrylic spheres has enabled him to achieve a much brighter lighting than the normally flat use of OLEDs.
The technology is still expensive. Dominic?s chandelier is priced as a work of art rather than a domestic electric appliance. Until recently it was not even possible to find a simple-plug in OLED, for any price. But now lighting manufacturers are beginning to make OLED lamp stands with ordinary plug adapters for domestic use ? although they are still very expensive.