Circular Lighting Report

Signify unveils pendant made from water coolers

Signify's pendant is made from water coolers

Signify has unveiled a pendant made from the recycled plastic of water coolers.

The material is processed at the company’s specialist plant in Maarheeze, the Netherlands, and then 3D printed in Turnhout, Belgium.

Signify says that 3D-printed luminaires represent up to 76 per cent lower emissions from material supply and manufacturing, and up to 28 per cent savings in transport.

As well as reusing ocean plastic, 3D printing process helps reduce waste and contributes to a circular economy, says the company. Items can be printed locally on demand, so no excess stock is produced.

There is no glue, fewer screws and the items are easy to disassemble and repair.

It’s the latest eye catching material from the Dutch lighting giant.

Last year unveiled a range of lamps 3D printed from discarded fishing nets.

The ‘Coastal Breeze’ collection of sustainable pendant luminaires uses so-called ocean plastic manufactured from plastic rescued from the sea.

Up to 46 per cent of ocean plastic consists of fishing nets, lines and ropes.

These nets are often discarded in the ocean, endangering the lives of marine wildlife. Transforming this waste into 3D filament disposes of 4.5 meters of fishing net per luminaire.

Original nylon fish nets are sourced from fishermen on the UK’s Cornish coast and transformed by partner Fishy Filaments into granulate, the base material for 3D printing filament..

When lit, the recycled material shows gradients of blue green tones and small irregularities which make every lamp unique, says Signify. Its designers say they were inspired by textures from the sea: sand dunes, rippling water and fish scales.

The same year, Schneider Electric has unveiled a range of electrical accessories made from discarded fishermen’s nets.

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Ray Molony

Recolight Report is an independent guide to the latest developments in sustainable and circular lighting. Learn about the people, products, projects and processes that are shaping our industry’s low carbon future. Plus: explainers on the latest innovations, opinion from thought leaders and video interviews with leading disruptors. Edited by lighting expert, editor and industry figure Ray Molony.