Janet Hansen artist

Light Bubbles

Fabric panel with foam hemispheres, white mesh overlay
500 RGB LED pixels, individually addressable
Custom control hardware and software
54" wide x 36" tall x 2" thick


This piece of illuminated textile art with embeded RGB LEDs is a variation on the Enlighted Comforter from 2017.  Instead of a faux fur cover, the lights in this piece are diffused by foam hemispheres, and covered with a sheer white mesh.  Clear gemstones are hand-sewn at the junctions between hemispheres, to hold things together, and to capture some reflections from the LEDs.

The light from each pixel illuminates a single piece of foam, so that light does not mix between neighboring pixels, although the boundaries do create a fuzzy and unfocused effect. Overall, the round shapes are suggestive of an array of bubbles.

It can be set to play in a “demo mode” that automatically cycles through a variety of pre-defined effects, or you can use manual switches built into the panel to select a pattern that will play continously.  The brightness and color settings can also be controlled with an optional Enlighted iOS App.