Latitude Light, a solar-powered lamp that emits atmospheric light, can be fabricated in many variants according to the customer’s latitude. A global product that is customized for specific locations, the lamp’s geometry can be automatically updated in a digital file so that the tilt of the solar panel changes according to latitude (by tilting the panel at different angles, the lamp’s capacity for electric power generation is optimized in its perpendicularity to the sun’s rays for different latitudes). The portable light needs to bathe in daylight for eight hours a day, with the solar panel facing the sky. Latitude Lights illuminate automatically at dusk, remaining lit for around 5 hours. Because they are powered by the Sun, there are no switches or wires necessary. Latitude Lights have no on or off switch.
Latitude Light is the winner of the 2018 Made in NYC Award and the 2017 A' Design Award. It is representative of nea studio's focus on sustainable design, material research, and technological innovation.
- Photovoltaic module with amorphous thin film solar panel
- Two translucent; 3 x 3 x 3 inch intersecting cubes 3D printed in 1mm-thick strong flexible plastic
Nina Edwards Anker
Raphael Walther, Andrew Cheng, Shahira Hammad
Dave Young, Young Circuits Designs
Michael Edwards, avioWorks
5.3” x 5.3” x 5.3”
13.5cm x 13.5cm x 13.5cm
Latitude Light is a sculpture/solar lamp made from local recycled materials. The light can be assembled in various ways into screens or blown up to inhabitable scale. Two interlocking cubes forms the basic design module. Latitude Light is designed around the material characteristics required by the specified amorphous thin-film photovoltaic panel as a starting point. The lamp is dimensioned to frame the solar panel (15x15cm) and accompanying batteries, wires and LED lights. The PV panels' angles are updated for fabrication according to an ideal tilt for optimal annual power collection in the specified location (41 degrees for NY, NY). The lamps display a range of local recycled materials, where weathered matte materials (teak, Corten steel and green copper) contrast with the new glossy solar panels, and reflective materials (plastic, stainless steel and dichroic glass) mirror the environment, offering unexpected views of the surroundings from diverse angles.