Aerostatic indoor lighting appliance
is a thing simple in construction and prospective in use, making and design.
It's simplest variant a thin gas-proof shell of a free form with attached or
inserted enlightened incandescent or fluorescent bulb.
The shell is filled with helium and the lightning appliance floats to the ceiling.
It is clear that the floating lamp needs no fastening and can be moved in the room as you please. The only limit of freedom is the weight and length of the electric cord. It can be of any length and its weight can be compensated with uncomplicated technical solution and will not load the shell.
Such indoor aerostat has more merits. One needn't climb up to the ceiling for its maintenance. It is just lowered and handled when it is down. It doesn't have the problem "fell down and got broken". It doesn't threat to hurt anybody falling down. It's very light.
The room aerostat can be given stunning forms and design by very cheep means. It means that such lighting appliances do not demand great costs in production. The electric part consists mainly of standard parts.
At the same time the floating lamp with cord supply is not the top of perfection. We can have floating luminous constructions with autonomous supply. On their surface one can place light diodes or fluorescent elements, images emitting light in week electric field or treated with ultraviolet light for instance. Here we have no cords but only tiny battery. A chip can operate the lighting elements either on signal or program.
However that is not all. The supply of the lighting appliance (the majority of appliances) on the aerostat can be remote with the help of supplying and the operating laser. Its movements and lighting effects can be operated with the help of remote control as a TV is. At the same time the light power can be as great as you like. It depends on the laser power.
Needless to speak of the advertising. The prospective of floating and luminous advertisement carriers is too evident.
It is possible to make not separate lamps but floating indoor modular systems, that will cover the whole ceiling. That will be an alternative to the hanging ceiling and possibly a cheaper one.
A usual halogen 75 W bulb together with a socket weighs only 50 grams. Halogen lifting capacity is 1 kg/cubic meter. Hence a lighting appliance in the form of a UNO will be 1 meter in diameter and 35-40 centimeter thick. These are too acceptable dimensions for big rooms, office premises, exhibition grounds, and showrooms.
Helium is inert harmless gas. It is even breathed by divers. It is volatile and in case of escape it doesn't gather indoors. There are no limitations for keeping helium balloons indoors.
One of the problems that can be solved in aerostatic appliance development is easier than existing gas-proof shell materials.
Besides there are problems of shell permeability and gas escape. However we know that there exist multi-layer materials that permit exploiting aerostatic helium constructions for three years without additional supply. There can be other solutions besides multi-layers. In other words an aerostatic lighting appliance is not a fruit of fancy but a practicable, practical and useful thing.
ARCHITECTURAL PNEUMATIC MODULES
Pneumatic modules for interior decoration contain properties of aerostatic lamps in many aspects. But the modules properties are much wider in some applications. Why? First, let's see what a pneumatic module is. It is in its essence the very same balloon, like an aerostat, only without helium. It is filled with a simple air. It means we do not need expensive gas, a gas-container and a stock just in case. A simple low-pressure pump is enough. The problem of gas leakage and expensive envelope material disappears.
However there is a problem of fixing the modules to the ceiling. But in reality there is no problem here. Themodules are very light even with several lamps and their dimensions do not grow in proportion with the weight of the construction as in aerostat. Being so light, they can be held with the help of a small magnet or a sticker as we use for fastening clothes or footwear.
Imagine two workers installing inflatable hanging ceiling or wall panels. For a working day they can install several hundred meters of the ceiling. And the inflatable modules are very simple, cheap in production, can have any form and design. It is very easy to reinforce them with light and hard frame shaping elements. Then we can not only blow them up or do not blow them up at all but also pump the air out. The wealth of form and relief become unlimited.
And at last the pneumatic modules very easily give us what usual hanging ceiling do not - curvilinear surfaces. A vault, an arch, a crown, a step - all these can be covered with pneumatic modules of corresponding form with lighting appliances or without, very quickly and without problems.
We can't but pay attention to the maintenance advantages. It is very easy to take off the module for repair, cleaning, painting, and pumping the balloon or the lamp. You've got only to pull at it. And to put it back is just to put it to the place and it will stick. If for some reason it starts falling down, it will softly float down without danger of breaking or hurting someone.
Is it a break in architecture and design? Why not? With commercial point of view pneumatic modules is a new market niche with all following out of competition advantages of demand substitution.