Conventional lighting systems suffer from a serious but seemingly unavoidable limitation: sockets. Along with wires, plugs and fixtures, this basic infrastructure dictates where lights can go and what they could look like. How would a designer get around that? Magnets, of course!
That's what the quirky visionaries at Choi+Shine Architects have done with the BIT light. The modular lighting system fits together with magnetic conductors on the ends of linear lighting elements (read: LEDs encased in durable translucent polycarbonate tubes). The more lights you add to the modular system, the brighter the room becomes – and the more complex you can make the arrangement of bulbs.
Instead of a socket for the base bulb, there's an octagonal terminal power connector with a nickel casing. BITs can be connected to all sides, and the number of different arrangements is immense. The designers illustrated a few different combinations on the project website:
Choi+Shine Architects don't say how expensive the system is – or even how readily available it is. (You can enquire about the design by emailing them directly.) Nevertheless, the future of magnetic modular lights sounds quite bright. [Choi+Shine via ArchDaily]
All images via Choi+Shine