TASK AND MOTIVATION
After sunset, it is really only dark in a few places on Earth. The dark sky at night has become a rare natural phenomenon. Lights and artificial light are omnipresent for us and illuminate our environment so much that, in some places, the stars can hardly be seen at night any more. Excessive lighting on our planet is viewed critically and is sometimes even referred to as "light waste".
The development of the electric incandescent lamp at the end of the 19th Century was a groundbreaking invention. The industrially producible, electrical light source fundamentally changed people's private and working lives. Initially, incandescent bulbs replaced the oil lamps and candles in traditional lights such as lanterns and chandeliers, then lights developed their own shape over time: the beginnings of the modern lighting design. Over a hundred years since the invention of the incandescent lamp, many different light types have been developed for very different tasks and functions. Lights have become everyday objects of everyday use and design objects that shape our environment and influence us through their effect.
The task of designing a light oneself awakens the pupils' awareness of their environment and sensitises them to the perception of light phenomena. The restriction of the material choice to white paper - from transparent to opaque - encourages students to find unusual solutions. The use of LED string lights eliminates the problem of electrification and the students can focus on design and lighting. At the beginning of the unit, analysing various examples from the history of light design can be an inspiration (Book Tip Page 7) or the pupils/teachers can photograph lights in their surroundings (Page 7).
- The conscious perception of light and its effect
- The conscious perception of lights and their forms and functions
- Get to know historical examples of lighting design
- Develop the idea of a light made of paper
- Consider statics, functionality and aesthetic effect of the light
- Achieve and reflect different effects
Material and resources
- Photo card; drawing paper, parchment paper in white; extra-strong transparent paper in white (opaque), 115 g/m²;
- Lantern paper in white, 85 g/m²
- If required, box of chocolates or similar
- Cardboard tubes
- Mini-LED light chain (approz. 4 €), battery-operated
- Pencil, cutter, underlay, scissors
- UHU stic
- UHU All Purpose Adhesive Extra
- Possibly: UHU Glue Gun Low Melt 110° C
- UHU Film Tape
UHU all purpose adhesive extra
- Gel-type synthetic resin adhesive for crystal-clear fast bonding
- Drip-free and clean
- No paper curling.
UHU Glue Gun LOW MELT 110°C
- Low temperature glue gun with a melting temperature of only approximately 110°C: more safety and versatility in hot glueing
- Short heat-up phase of 3 to 5 minutes
- Heat-insulated nozzle
- Also suitable for many heat-sensitive materials
- Handy size: easy to use and to dose
UHU STIC GLUE STICK WITHOUT SOLVENT
- Screw cap protects against drying out
- Adhesive mastic up to 98% from natural ingredients
- Simple - Clean - Economical
- Adheres quickly, strongly and permanently
- Easily applicable
- Can be washed cold
UHU film tape
- The solvent-free inscribable adhesive film, almost invisible on almost all surfaces
- Ideal for glueing, fixing and packaging
- Available in a practical dispenser or as a refill unit.
- Bandwidth: 19 mm
Each pupil receives a mini-LED light chain and places it on the working surface unpacked: it consists of approx. 20 lights, the cable and a battery box, on which the switch is situated. There are two tasks that the pupils handle using sketches and notes:
- Designing a light made of white paper.
- Integration of the LED light chain, practical accommodation of the battery box with switch (accessibility!)
Implement individual solutions.
- Many pupils opt for a base in which the battery box can be accommodated. The base consists of a box or a cardboard tube which is laminated with paper (flat glueing with UHU stic).
- The light chain can be used as a long, extended chain or bundled.
- Paper gains in stability when it is rolled or folded. This creates stable bars when a DIN A3 sheet is diagonally rolled up from one corner and the last corner is attached with UHU Film Tape or UHU All Purpose Adhesive Extra. Example shown: The rods were combined like a tipi and glued to a base.
- Paper also becomes more stable when folded. Origami folding figures, for example a box or combinations of the well-known "heaven-and-hell" figure, are suitable as lamp shields.
- Example: For this light, 20 boxes were folded and fixed together with UHU All Purpose Extra. For each box (cover & floor), fold two square papers according to the folding steps shown above. The second paper can be cut smaller than the first piece, but the halves also fit together in this way with light pressure. Cut the box wall with the cutter cross-wise and insert the LED.
- Example: The honeycomb-shaped hood of this light was made up of five "heaven and hell" figures. The figures were folded from opaque paper and glued together with UHU stic on the side surfaces. The shape makes a cavity on the inside.
- Petals from white cardboard were arranged in a circle, so that they were glued together with UHU All Purpose Adhesive Extra, leaving a small opening through which the bundled string of lights can be inserted.