OPTICK Lamp / 2015
This pure and original blend of art and science (optics to be precise) is the result of our exploring and playing with light transmitting through acrylics. It began with an earlier project of ours – Alhazen LED task lamp.
‘OPTICK’ is a versatile lamp, which can be used as a reading lamp or a bed side lamp or on the side table in the living.
It has a certain emotion and expression to it and a soft understated and minimal feel, making it is almost inconspicuous.
To a person unaware of the principles of light rays, it almost seems magical that the light is reflected on inner surface of a solid block of acrylic at a specific angle. The light rays generate a frustrated refraction.
The first impression one can get is – it’s just another soft diffused light side lamp, but in actuality it can focus the light from the single source LED at the base in any desired direction. This makes it a very playful and practical object. It brings a very innovative and fresh solution to lighting.
This phenomenon of light transmission has never been explored in its simplicity and effectiveness in lighting.
The concept in application is the Snell’s law of Total Internal Reflection (TIR), a unique property of refracting light rays travelling from lower Refractive Index (air- 1) to the denser medium with higher Refractive Index (acrylic- 1.492). The angle at the top which is little over the critical angle for Refraction for Acrylic. That is about - 42.4 degrees.