Whether it's their vintage rangefinder or a carbon fiber tripod, some photographers like looking at camera equipment almost as much as the photographs they've taken. The Phlite lamp is a product which might mean us camera-geeks don't have to pack our kit away at the end of a shoot, because it turns photography gear into stylish interior lighting.
Currently looking for funding on Kickstarter, Phlite is a light which attaches to the top of a camera or tripod, but not one you're going to use when taking photos. Instead it's intended to be used when the camera isn't. Makers suggest using your camera as a desk light, or your tripod as a floor-standing lamp, and accordingly the Phlite lamps will come in two sizes.
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Inventor and photographer James Madelin says he came up with the idea for the Phlite lamp when he was packing away his carbon fiber tripod and thinking it was a shame he couldn't enjoy it when he wasn't shooting. Then he thought about his wife's old Nikkormat, and what a shame it was that it was sitting somewhere in an old camera bag in a cupboard, rather than being out on display.
After a year of work he developed the Phlite – which consists of a light fitting, a lampshade and a custom lampshade spider – and it's now ready to go into production. It attaches to the hot-shoe of a camera, or to a tripod plate via a Frio cold-shoe, and features a textile power cord with an integrated switch.
Because photographers often need their gear to hand at a moment's notice, Phlite lamps can be put on (or taken off) in a matter of seconds – it's just like adding or removing an external flash. When removed it can be used as a stand-alone light, as the shade has a cable exit. Users can also customize Phlite lights by making their own shades using a downloadable template.
A Kickstarter pledge of £40 (that's about US$65) is enough to get you a small Phlite lamp while £50 ($80) will get you the large one. There are other options for multiples or to bundle a Phlite with classy tripods like the Brian from 3 Legged Thing. If funding is successful, backers should receive them in April.
You can learn more about the lamps in the video below.