I am interested in designing a lighting fixture that is multi-functional. Additionally, one that is attractive in a room, for more reasons than just its physical and aesthetic qualities. I feel that all rooms have a feature or product that instantly brings life to it when a person sees it. This lighting fixture should do the same, but for reasons OTHER than because it provides light.

For my lighting design, I will base its conception around the structure of the jellyfish, scientifically known as a “cnidaria” The jellyfish is a free swimming marine animal found in every single ocean in the world, although partial to salt water. Jellyfish are frequently located in coastal zones. Not only are they found in all oceans but they are found in both deep sea waters, and in surface level areas and shores. Jellyfish have been recorded to have avoided extinction and are known to be one of the longest living marine animals, having been around over 500 million years. 

These organisms are a bell-shaped creature and they vary greatly in size, they can range from one millimeter in diameter to as large as 2 meters in diameter and can weigh up to 4 pounds.

Jellyfish begin spawning once they have reached adult-size. Spawning occurs daily, with sunlight. Jellyfish usually live about 2 to 6 months, with most of their life span ending once they have begun spawning. Adult jellyfish release both eggs and sperm into the water and unprotected eggs are fertilized and develop into organisms.

Jellyfish have a “mouth” located at the bottom of its “bell-shaped” envelope that is used for both eating and releasing. (See diagram for how food is sucked in through the mouth). Jellyfish feed on crustaceans, plankton, fish eggs, and even smaller jellyfish. 

 

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The following diagrams highlight the structure of the jellyfish makeup as well as its swimming and eating process.

 

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As you can see in the structural makeup of the jellyfish, an outer “umbrella” supports and protects the organism, with an inter layer (gastro-dermis) that is a cavity holding all the internal parts of the jellyfish, which is also where food is ingested. Between those two layers is “jelly” scientifically called “mesoglea”. My light structure will be a vase (the outer umbrella) with an internal cavity (gastro-dermis) to house the LED lighting. Between the vase and the lighting will be space for soil, water and most importantly flowers, which is parallel to the “jelly” between the two layers of the jellyfish. Being that this will be dual purpose, some may see it as a vase with flowers first that happens to have a light; others may first see a light with flowers surrounding it. To each his own. The sketches, elevations and plan below explain the makeup of the lighting fixture.Scan 1 Scan3