So with the Hue Iris costing ~$100 when it came out and is still ~$82 at Home Depot, I set out to make something similar but for a lot less (~$55 or possibly even as less with a couple of caveats) and ultimately, what should be a lot better (in some regards).
You need three things:
a. A pendant/lamp shade cord, something like this -
b. 3D Print the following -
c. With the right quantity/discount code, a LIFX bulb (I am using a generously donated LIFX Original for testing) -
My friend printed me out two lamp shades, one in PETG with 0.2mm layer height and 0.6mm thickness (left) and PLA with 0.2mm layer height and 0.4mm thickness (right), these took a few attempts to print to get right and they still aren’t perfect but close enough for testing! It also requires a 3D printer with at least a 7"x7"x7" build volume:
Now initially with the PLA print being more translucent, you would have thought this would look better but hold that thought for now. Here’s a quick few pics I took testing the two different types of filament, this are all on Auto Exposure so don’t judge the ‘light output’ of either the LIFX or the Iris later on.
PETG on the left and PLA on the right:
Not great pics I know so I do apologise. Personally after testing I found that the PETG filament print looked a lot nicer in terms of the lamp shade itself when lit up. What I do think will work well is a ‘end cap’ printed out of PLA to cover the end of the lamp shade and act as a diffuser for the light, much like a Hue Iris.
Speaking of which, here’s a VERY quick and nasty comparison with the Iris but once again, don’t use this to compare light output as Auto Exposure can change all sorts of things, PETG left, Iris right:
One BIG concern I initially had was heat. PLA cannot withstand as much as PETG and what with how hot these bulbs can get, I thought for sure the PLA would melt but initial testing seemed okay though I didn’t test for nearly long enough and with an end cap (probably best designed with air holes) it will just make things worse.
Anyway, thought I’d share and I hope you liked it.