LED Driver in Art

Artists and designers explore the potential of control equipment, sensors and software and thus test the technologies that enable the industry to develop energy-saving and highly efficient products. Artistic endeavour and industrial applications interact and provide mutual inspiration. Light art acts as a lighting laboratory that also makes demands on the spectators.

The challenge for artists and designers is every time, that their "art work" is unique, not mass produced, bespoke, tailored for one event or installation. One cost factor is definitely the driver circuit, the control and sensing. RECOM Lighting partners with many artists and designers as the DC/DC LED driver from RECOM with PWM or analog input are easy to connect to microcontrollers which are used to realise these pieces of optical art.

There are numerous art works of this all over the world, starting at smaller installations such as the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco up to larger ones such as the Luminale which takes place every second year at the Light+Building fair in Frankfurt.

In example the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) features an installation by the artist Jim Campbell in the entrance foyer. The American artist and his team have been working on demonstrating light sensations for more than 20 years. The images were shaped and animated by a program designed by the artist, whose work relates to metaphors on our cultural dependency on technology. The visitors to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art are greeted by moving shadow patterns and flickering images within a space lit by nearly 3000 LEDs.

These artists rely on RECOM Lighting drivers, for them it is imperative to use a small and highly reliable power supplies.