What was the coal miner's greatest friend? His sturdy work boots? His trusty pickaxe? The chirping canary? Actually, it's said that the single most important invention for 19th-century miners was the lamp. With that in mind David Irwin designed the M Lamp, a wireless task lamp he's calling "the ultimate light for modern life." Inspired by the historical lamps used by miners in Northeast England, Irwin, created a sleek, powder coated aluminum lamp, complete with a carrying handle and pivoting head, that can be recharged for both indoor and outdoor use.
Standing nine inches tall, the M Lamp is powered by an integrated Lithium-ion phosphate (LFP) rechargeable battery that can emit up to 3,000 lux of warm light. Standard mode is set to 1,000 lux (equivalent to a typical bedside lamp), which it can emit for eight hours on a single charge. The dimmable LED lasts 50,000 hours and the LFP battery will last 2,000 charging cycles, meaning you can use it eight hours a day for nearly five and a half years without degrading the battery. Moreover, almost every component can be completely disassembled and recycled.
The Kickstarter campaign to launch full scale production of the M Lamp ends on Thursday, October 18th. Pledge $140 and receive a Carbon Black or Gloss White M Lamp, or pledge $95–$110 and receive a wired version of the M Lamp in orange, white with a wood cap or copper finish (beautiful, but less expensive because they come without the wireless capability).
When Perrin isn't scouting the best new design talent for Core77, or working as the Products Editor of The Architect's Newspaper, or writing for Cool Hunting, Design Applause, Print Magazine, Frieze and The Paris Review, she's trying to put her MFA in Fiction from Vermont College to good use.