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Edi: The First Rechargeable Portable Floor Lamp

5th April 2016
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Edi 1

Yes you read that right. Now perhaps it’s because I live in an old Victorian house that the sockets never seem to be in the right place. In one room, the largest in the house in fact, there were only two plugs in the entire room when we moved in. One was in a corner under a window and nowhere near where anyone might actually want to sit, while the other was in the other corner and a similar amount of use.

That room became the spare room. One socket disappeared into a wardrobe and the other was fine for the printer, but meant that there was no possibility of a bedside light, which was tricky as it’s mainly used by our parents, who don’t want to be leaping (I use the word loosely) in and out of bed to turn lights on and off all night.

Edi travelling

For ages we managed with trailing sockets which are ugly and a trip hazard until, finally, at the end of last year, we got round to having a couple more sockets installed on either side of the sofa/bed.  If this light had existed then we needn’t have bothered. This light is cheaper than an electrician.

And look at it. It’s so handsome too. Very often, these clever gadgets are just that. Whoever designs them doesn’t really bother with the style of the thing but the Edi light is rather handsome.

No wires no worries

Now sadly it hasn’t yet gone into production – it’s on one of those sites where inventors go for backing and then, if they get it, the thing gets made and, if you’ve stumped up enough backing, you get the light. You can find all the details about Edi on the indigogo site. I saw it on Twitter the other day and immediately went over to investigate.

I can confirm that I have paid my £145 and I will be getting one forthwith. Well in July. Hopefully. Assuming they get the remaining 15 per cent of investment they need. No pressure people, but it’s a good idea and I need one so if you can help make it happen…

Edi 3
Do you need some more details? Well you can use it inside or outside. You can adjust the brightness, height and angle. The battery lasts for eight hours. It is made from powder-coated steel with (wait for it) copper details and it’s rustproof. To charge it you plug it in for a while and then take it wherever you need to be.

Edi has also been chosen to be featured at the Fuorisalone at the Salone del Mobile in Milan from April 12th to 17th 2016 so if any of you are heading that way, check him out. In the meantime you have just under three weeks to back this project.

Outdoor in the garden

What do you think? I really hope it gets made. Do you like it?

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  • Louisa 14th October 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Did you ever receive this light? Do you know how we can purchase one now?

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 16th October 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Hi Louisa, I’m still waiting for it but am in touch with the makers and she is nearly there. I think there were production issues and then they had to change factories. I can talk to her if you are interested – or do you want to wait until mine arrives and see how you feel? Kate

      • Davina Richards 20th November 2016 at 3:46 pm

        Do let us know when you receive it Kate. It’s a great idea and I think it will get lots of use, but all depends what the real thing looks and feels like. Will await your feedback!

  • Eleanor 5th April 2016 at 9:47 pm

    I love it. I have been looking for a cordless desk lamp and only found very ugly ones. Any ideas? I may have to go for this instead …

  • Bartek 5th April 2016 at 7:48 pm

    What a brilliant idea! I need one for my new garden for these hot summer days when sipping wine and reading books in the middle of the lawn with otherwise no access to light. Practical and most of all stylish!

  • Caroline Warren Bank House Interiors 5th April 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Great idea and a beautiful product. I cannot count the number of situations that a re-chargeable cordless light will be indispensable. As well as being fabulous in the home, it will be a photographer’s best friend and brilliant for trade show stands. If it gets used outside as shown in the photos though, it might get nicked and probably by me!

  • Sandra Harris 5th April 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Love the lamp … best of all I could move it anywhere in the house. Just ordered one. Roll on July 2016!

  • Corinne 5th April 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I hope you get it very soon – and that they make a fortune. Great idea

  • nicky trimboy 5th April 2016 at 8:17 am

    wow! CLEVER! Simple and brilliant, sweet design too! will defo support…

  • Rowena Wood 5th April 2016 at 7:51 am

    A definite must have – sadly the need for a new fridge freezer overrides a lamp at the moment but I may be able to sneak one in….it looks fabulous

  • Elayne Broadley 5th April 2016 at 7:17 am

    Having another look at the first photo, isn’t it great not having to have to try to hide the flex ? I always find them so ugly!

  • Diana 5th April 2016 at 7:15 am

    This is a brilliant idea – on a par with the safety pin I reckon. Why has no-one thought of it before …. Unfortunately I live on the bottom half of the planet otherwise I’d have ordered one too !

  • Elayne Broadley 5th April 2016 at 7:10 am

    What a clever yet astonishly simple idea. I agree with you that it has a great line, I just can’t believe how cheap it will be assuming it goes into production! Well done you for championing something which could be an industry changer.

  • Kate Shaw 5th April 2016 at 7:08 am

    Fantastic idea and great to support new talent and a new business. Mine is ordered!

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