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Base Forge's 'Lightest' lamp will levitate, change color, brighten your day

Want to really light up a room? Then what you’re looking for, my friend, is a levitating lamp that won’t just offer illumination from a boring grounded position, but shine its light out while simultaneously hovering in the air.

Thankfully designers Base Forge have come to the rescue with just such a product, currently raising funds via a Kickstarter campaign. Called Lightest, the levitating lamp not only floats, but also changes color via a smartphone app.

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“As an architect by training and an industrial designer by profession I’m always involved in cutting edge technologies with clients,” creator Chris Muscat Azzopardi told Digital Trends. “This project of levitating a product was one theme that kept recurring, and when I mixed it with another project we had developed using wireless electricity transfer I was enamored with the idea of joining the two.”

The levitation itself relies on a strong magnet in the light’s wooden base, providing the main lift, while a strong smaller magnet in the levitating platform and four small electromagnets provide added stability. The LED light, meanwhile, is rated to last for 50,000 hours and — thanks to a battery in the base — is entirely portable, so you can take it outside for a picnic should you so wish.

“For the creatives and techies out there we have made the lampshade detachable, meaning that anyone can handcraft their own lampshade or 3D-print their own,” Azzopardi continued. “You can also create a small illuminated platform to hover a trophy or toy model. There’s even a maker’s kit that just includes the magnet, without the platform and lampshade or light, so you can attach this to any non-metallic object and float whatever you like.”

If you want to get hold of a Lightest levitating light for yourself, you can place a pre-order on Kickstarter, where a base and lamp will set you back 140 euros ($152).