KGB Lamp Reveals Secret Messages

KGB Lamp Reveals Secret Messages

Gregory Han
Jul 6, 2009

Designed for the IDII exhibition in Salone del Mobile, the KGB Lamp would make one really great solution for parents who want their kids to have the freedom to "express themselves", but without the mess of marred interior walls. The lamp can switch between regular white light or a UV light which reveals invisible ink with UV pigment, sure to wow the socks off both adults and children alike...

As explained at designer Dana Gordon's site:

In its default position (light pointing down), the seemingly innocuous KGB lamp emits a regular white light. However, when the lamp is held by its handle (changing its angel toward the walls), the white light is replaced by an ultraviolet light. As the KGB lamp is in UV mode, walls painted with a UV-reactive pigment come to life, revealing a secret artwork that can be explored by scanning the surface with the lamp.

The KGB uses a tilt sensor to switch between normal and UV modes. While in the structure of the lamp there are two UV fluorescent tubes and one regular incandescent light bulb – the control between them is done through the interaction.

Since there are no buttons or controlers for this lamp, a special hook on the lamp allows it to stay in the wanted position facing the wall using the UV mode.

Call us crazy, but as adults, we love the idea of having a couple of these type of lights in a hallway and having friends leave messages or draw to their heart's content during parties. How amazing would it be to see a hidden gallery of images at night?

On a side note: Do you know appraisers use black lights to detect antique fakes*? Many modern paints contain phosphors that will glow under a black light, while most paints used from way back when do not contain phosphors, making them a great tool for antiques shoppers.

*via howstuffworks.com

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