LED lights are brilliant.
They’re impactful. They’re flexible. They’re long lasting. And they’re superbly efficient.
So it’s no wonder that we’re celebrating the sale of our 10,000,000th LED component (yes, we do count these things at Rocket!).
We’ve supplied LEDs for all sorts of POP from white sparkling snowflakes in Christmas displays to red-eyed vampires in Halloween fixtures, and even full all-American Patriots Day displays that featured a twinkling wave of – you guessed it – red, white and blue LEDs.
Let’s take a look at some truly creative uses of LEDs outside the POP world – and allow me to have some fun while we’re at it. But you never know they may inspire you to create truly memorable and unique POP display.
The LED Jacket
California based, Janet Cooke Hansen is the ‘Chief Fashion Engineer’ of Enlightened Designs Inc. She’s designed custom LED pieces for Cirque du Soleil, “Dancing With The Stars,” Kanye West, to name a few. And yes, you can have your very own ready-to-wear piece for under $100. Dare me?
(Matching?) LED sneakers
Creative Recreation tasked designer-of-the-stars Moritz Waldemeyer to put these together. They were featured in the film Step Up 3D, and are enough to make any red-blooded male pull a moonwalk.
LED Eye Lashes
Designed at Soomi Park in Korea, these LED eyelashes are switched on and off when the wearer tilts her head forwards and backwards. Cosmetically, they are bewildering and potentially terrifying, and practically it’s like having a set of tiny torches beaming out from your eyes. You’ll never lose anything in a dark room again.
LED Motor Cycle Jacket
Ph.D. student Leah Buechley came up with this cool and actually pretty useful LED cyclist’s jacket. Comic book enthusiasts will recognise the central Iron Man Arc Reactor, and for cyclists the arrows serve as indicators. (Who says exoskeleton encased alcoholic superheroes don’t think about safety?)
This multicoloured marvel was delicately designed by Francesco Rosella and Ryan Genz, who wove the ultra-thin LED circuits directly into silk. Onlookers will gasp in awe as you light up a room…or, perhaps just think you’re wearing a melted rainbow.
These magnificent LED ice-castles were created by Harbin Ice and Snow World, in China. The ice-castles themselves were no simple feat (and are modelled after real buildings), but the blanket of multicoloured LEDs make these a true marvel. It’s one way to make your house stand out, if you also happen to be Mr. Freeze.
Genius! These LED slippers are activated by weight and light, so they only switch on when you need them – when it’s dark and you’re actually stood in them. Plus, they’re much more comfortable than steel caps if don’t want to stub your toes in the dark.
LED Bonsai Tree
This LED bonsai tree serves as a lamp, with flower-like lights arranged across the branches to softly light your room. These can work on real bonsai trees, but they’re usually sold as synthetic and easy-to-manipulate fake ones. You get the sense of serenity and calm without the years of preening, plus a soft, emanating light as a bonus.
This wallpaper was designed by Jonas Samson using organic LEDs, which are so thin they don’t create any bumps in the paper. When they’re flicked into life, they create truly beautiful effects. Plus, you can always switch them off at will, so you can pretend it’s ordinary wallpaper to dinner party guests then blow their minds with the sci-fi style display.