Modern Lighting Through the Eyes of a Star Wars Fanatic
Today is Star Wars Day. I’m a Star Wars fanatic, and as a true fan of the franchise, I can’t help but see a little bit from that galaxy far, far away all around me, and modern lighting is no exception. Warning: There are high levels of nerd in this post. In celebration of Star Wars Day, I’ve rounded up, and geeked out on, some modern lights that are reminiscent of beloved Star Wars icons from the films.
While these modern lights may not make that familiar whirring sound as they race through the galaxy, the Swirl LED Pendant Light from Blackjack Lighting is reminiscent of the shape of the lines on the wings of the TIE Fighter.
Death Star (A New Hope):
Like the Death Star, the Foscarini Supernova Pendant Light is no moon, but it’s more than a pillbox, I really hope you got those references. The aluminum rings on this pendant light really seem to emulate the shape of the Empire’s Imperial battle station as you see it coming into view from the depths of space in Episode IV: A New Hope. It even has that little circular indent where the super laser focus lens is housed!
Death Star (Return of the Jedi):
In the opening scene of Return of the Jedi, an Imperial Fighter is steadily making its way toward a pieced together Death Star. The minimal design of the Artemide Lighting Scopas Pendant Light totally captures the incomplete, but fully operational battle station.
Death Star (as it blows up):
Doesn’t the Vetreria DeMajo Zabriskie Point Suspension Light look like the Death Star as it exploded just moments after Luke shot his proton torpedoes into the reactor? The abstract design of the glass pieces bursting apart really capture that moment, a suspension of light and time.
The light saber seems like it was made to be a lighting fixture and the Induction Tube Light from Castor Design carries the same lines of the iconic Jedi weapon into it’s design. While this lamp probably doesn’t use light saber crystals, this modern light uses it’s own fancy magnetic field to produce a beam of light.
Imperial Star Destroyer Exhaust:
Jumping to hyper speed is just a light switch away with the Delta IV Pendant from Rich Brilliant Willing. Only a true fanatic would see this pendant for what it truly is, the exhaust to an Imperial Star Destroyer, of course.
The shining St. Germain Table Lamp from Jonathan Adler probably won’t ask you to drop your weapons, but the rigid structure of this modern lamp reminds me of the body of a battle droid (Roger Roger). Though now that I’m looking at it, the shining gold does remind me of C3PO as well.
The soldered metal circles on the Lamp International Avance 8062 Table Lamp look like a glowing asteroid floating through space, and a great place to hide while you fix your hyper speed. Just beware of giant worms!
Elegant, with a geometric simplicity, the Lizzy Table Lamp from Lights Up reminds me of Queen Amidala’s stately royal garb. The wide red shade, sleek black vase, and the two on/off pull switches are like a minimal take on her iconic wardrobe.
I’ve saved the best for last, because Darth Vader is the ultimate Star Wars figure. How similar does the Metalarte Funghi M GR Table Lamp look to Lord Vader’s sleek black helmet? You won’t underestimate the power of the dark side, though maybe you will, since this is a lamp after all.
Note: This article has been updated from it’s original post date of December 2, 2015 in celebration of Star Wars Day.
Justin Mayo runs Marketing Operations for YLighting. A native of Pennsylvania, Justin is a recent Oakland transplant who enjoys the amazing California sunshine, gardening, and spending time with his wife and their menagerie of chickens, cat, and pugs.