Task lamp refined

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler

ply shade desk lamp angle poiseOK we admit it. In striving to achieve the simplest and most elegant angle poise mechanism possible (3 components) we might have everso slightly compromised on function!

Whilst the Lock Lamp task lights were always easy to adjust and generally stayed put, there was a slight knack to doing it smoothly. Also whilst the lamp can support a small kitten without sagging, an accidental knock upwards when leaving your chair could release the mechanism causing the lamp to drop.

Normally this isn’t a problem as we don’t move our lights around all the time but in making the Lock Lamp video it became obvious that adjustment wasn’t something to do in front of a camera!

So we went back to the drawing board, or rather spent a lot of time thinking and a day or so playing in the workshop. We tried various springs, clips, plastic lock plates, grommets, different surface finishes on the tubes . . .

We were drinking tea and about to give up and accept the fact that no one had complained and it was probably just us being perfectionists when we started playing with magnets. That was the eureka moment and this short video probably says more than more words could.

As Albert Einstein may have said: “Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Simpler”


Camera work and editing is not in Moss Davis’ league  (see his excellent video here) but it gives an idea of how the LockLamp positioning mechanism works. We will send out free magnets to existing users and the video shows how to ‘install it’ in a snap!

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