POLAR LIGHT BY BRINK
Bright dawns, snow-storms, midsummer sun, midwinter glimmer, aurora australis, a scientists jacket reflected - a year of antarctic light.
Lighting data for every minute of one year gathered at Halley VI Research Base on the Brunt Ice Shelf by the British Antarctic Survey is presented in the BRINK Polar Light App for use with the Philips Hue lighting system. Developed with the support of Geovation.
The app will be free to download from the Apple App Store in Summer 2019
Designed to showcase BRINK Polar Light, the lamp is made of hand-blown borosilicate glass and an alabaster base holding a Philips Hue LED GU10 lightbulb.
Luminaire and Philips Hue wireless LED starter kit: £1200
Luminaire without Philips Hue starter kit: £1080
10% of profits go to the British Antarctic Survey contributing towards their ongoing environmental and climate research projects.
Production of the first model of the Polar Light is a limited edition.
After 2 years of research and experimentation with different glass making techniques to find what was right for the Lamp, we finally found Russell, a Master Glass Blower in Cambridgeshire. Russell hand makes the glass component of each lamp. It’s a skilled job that requires talent, originality and a lot of experience to succeed. Russell began blowing glass in the 70’s - we’re in safe hands.
The base of the Polar lamp is made of alabaster. While visiting relatives, we were inspired by the natural translucency of the alabaster windows of a Romanesque castle in Northern Spain. Our milky white, polished alabaster is of the highest quality and is mined and machined ethically in Zaragoza, Spain. The natural variation in the stone ensures each base is unique.
The packaging used to ship the lamp to customers was last used by the British Antarctic Survey for transporting ice cores from Dronning Maud Land in Antarctica back to the UK.
The original ice cores were samples from up to 120m deep in the ice, revealing approximately 1200 years of ice accumulation. They are being used by the British Antarctic Survey to look for signals of tropospheric nitrate isotopes that are produced during the loss of the ozone layer.
PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a government funded research organisation delivering research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet.
BRINK Projects has worked closely with BAS climate scientists and 10% of all profits from the sale of the Polar Light go back to the organisation to help fund future research.
More information on BAS can be found on their website.