I love Kickstarter. I love funding people’s clever ideas! So, when I saw the Baselamp project by Luke Kelly (“the effortless way to turn almost anything into a lamp”), I ordered 2 of them: handmade and hand finished in the USA in New York and New Hampshire (where the heat sink is extruded).
The Baselamp is a flat walnut (also comes in bamboo) block of wood with an LED light in it and a heat sink under it. It also has a touch capacitive on/off surface. You place anything you want to shine light through atop the polycarbonate-covered LED, and it comes to life.
The heat sink appears to work exceptionally well.
I left a vase of roses on it for a couple of hours and nothing: the vase, the light itself, or even the heat sink even got warm to the touch.
It works exactly as advertised, and I really like them–a lot, actually. Now, I have to decide which pieces of glass I want to highlight with my cool (quite literally) baselamps. The possibilities are vast!
For a great selection of ideas as to how you could use a basecamp, watch the short but awesome video below. This beats buying a lamp, made in China, from any big box store anywhere. It keeps American dollars at home in the pockets of individual people working hard to bring clever, functional ideas to life.