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INDUSTRIAL DESIGN FINALIST 2016/EDUARD CLASSEN

“Light Shedding”, suggests a bridging solution to a problem associated with South African load shedding.

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The word play in the product’s title, “Light Shedding”, suggests a bridging solution to a problem associated with South African load shedding.

When the grid goes down, one of the immediate effects is the loss of illumination. New technologies counteract this problem with ease, but one of the most common solutions in the energy mix – from affluent households to informal settlements – is still the use of candles. “Light Shedding” presents a crossover solution, moving from an electrical lamp to a candle or the reverse.

Both the LED lamp and candle share the same secured wall sconce, enabling the user to comfortably 'switch' between the light sources without a scramble. Candles can be loaded into the holder from sheaths (candle chambers) on the sides of the main concrete frame holder. Concrete is the ideal material to safely contain the candle’s flame, thus preventing any safety risks.

The LED lamp is powered via an electrical socket. The design’s dual functionality also responds to households that have the prospect of electrification. It anticipates the user climbing the energy ladder.

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