These light fixtures are generally what I had in mind: they’re very discreet, with a slim, basic-geometry shape and high-quality nicely-focused LED light.

However, they have two significant drawbacks:

  1. They’re bright enough and focused enough that they create a blinding glare if you happen to cross their beam
  2. The lens has a very small surface area, which means they cast very sharp shadows. The result is a little clinical.

I set out to address both issues with 3D-printed add-on parts. I’d direct the light and reduce glare by applying a dark honeycomb pattern to the lens, and I’d increase the surface area of the lens and soften the shadows it creates by applying a wider lens in front of it.

Jon Bruner

Digital fabrication and AI person at Formlabs