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Wooden light bulb shines like Sauron's eye

The appearance of the wooden LED bulb during daytime and night-time illumination.
(Credit: Ryosuke Fukusada)

The concept of an illuminated piece of wood might seem hard to visualise, but Japanese designer Ryosuke Fukusada has created a surreal wooden light bulb that would make anyone do a double take.

Fukusada, who previously worked with Sharp, designed the "still-under-development" lamp with a "mix of modern design and traditional craft technique", as noted on his website.

Those worrying about the bulb catching on fire need not worry; the fixture employs LED lights within, which radiate bright light at a low temperature. Despite zero risk of danger, the glow effect given off by the bulb looks startlingly similar to something that has caught fire. An aluminium socket finishes off the exotic shiner, which recently received an award during the Kyoto Renaissance design competition.


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