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Interactive Kitchen Light

Digital LEDs and capacitive touch

This is a kitchen lamp I made that hangs above the kitchen sink at my parent’s house. The frame is cut up into 12 pieces that serve as capacitive touch sensors, besides turning the lamp on by just touching it, this also allows for more fine control over: the position and amount of lightbeams, the brightness and color temperature. By touching an element of the frame, a lightbeam is enabled which then can be; extended or merged with another lightbeam by touching neighboring elements, dimmed by holding the corresponding element, changed in color by double tapping.

The lamp uses 241 individually addressable white light LEDs that each can emit three different temperatures of light. The temperature is automatically adjusted to be more warm at night and more cool during the day by means of a light sensor that measures amount of light that comes in from outside through the window.