When a project calls, the faces in Dr. Únic turn to smiles because most projects represent a challenge in terms of creativity and functional adaptation – it is not easy to balance both sides and we like it. In this article we are making a brief explanation of how LED lights work and how we have adapted this technology to a particular order.
LED technology is based on diodes – a two-ended electronic component that allows energy to flow through it in a single direction, thus creating light. Compared to incandescent bulbs, LEDs are more efficient in converting energy into light. That is why they feel cooler to the touch – they exude less heat than regular bulbs. LEDs have a structure made of four basic components. There is the light-emitting material which, mounted on a reflective chip, establishes the light colour. Secondly, we can find the conductor tips – cathode and anode – and the conductor wire through which the poles connect. Last but not least, there is a lens that protects the light-emitting material of the LED. When electricity flows through one of the conductor tips, atoms get really excited so they accumulate a big amount of energy and need to drive it out. When they do so, electrons arrive to the reflective chip – and that is when light is created.
As you may know, this new technology brings great advantages regarding consumption and durability – for us, also regarding space! It allows us to take bulbs on board tiny spaces, with big light emission and no heating problems – ideal, for instance, to install a tiny light inside an 80’s photographic camera. We speak of the mythical PRAKTIKA TL-1000, built in the German Democratic Republic – an authentic milestone at the time in Europe and the USA.
The light goes out from the objective in bundles making it a practical table complement – not to mention a spectacular vintage decoration object! Making it a reading lamp we accomplish this aim, so all in all we present a happy union between modern technology and retro looks, amiable and functional recycling. We hope that its recipient, a photo-lover, enjoys it in his 65th birthday.