From year 6 - Working time: approximately 2 to 4 double lessons


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).

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  • 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

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Material and resources

UHU all purpose adhesive extra

  • Gel-type synthetic resin adhesive for crystal-clear fast bonding
  • Drip-free and clean
  • No paper curling.

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Step-by-step plan

Experience & notes
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©2016 UHU GmbH & Co. KG, Bühl (Baden) and Elke Fox. Photo Page 2 left (table lamp): markus dehlzeit -; Page 2, right (illuminant): stockphoto-graf - Editorial staff and other photos: Elke Fox.