Levitating Lightbulb

Vanessa Chesnut

It's a gravity defying, hovering light bulb that works through magnetic levitation



I wanted to create a piece that not only looks beautiful but which is also interactive. Users will lower the bulb over the magnetic base ( a wooden box) until the LED lights up. The user will begin to feel an upward resistance. When the bulb is positioned exactly at the center of the base, they will feel a gentle release. The electro-magnets will automatically center the bulb in position. Once placed over the box, the bulb will begin to rotate & potentially play music (the Arduino helps it rotate).


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