When we heard about an amazing new mood light called the Eclipse we were initially a bit blasé about it. Because the last time we witnessed a real eclipse we were so spectacularly underwhelmed we binned our industrial-strength sunglasses and bits of white card in some field in Cornwall and vowed never to waste time on the silly things again.
But that was before we had witnessed the truly mesmerising Mathmos Eclipse in action. This hypnotically beautiful blown glass globe is one of the most unusual pieces of ambient lighting we've ever seen, and it's the ideal way to add a seductive, ever-changing glow to your home.
Basically the chameleon-like Mathmos Eclipse works in a similar way to a lighthouse lens because its light effect engages the eye by coming in and out of view as you move around the lamp. But unlike a lighthouse the Eclipse gently cycles through a kaleidoscope of glorious colours. How? Well, various hidden LEDs are reflected into the focal point of the silvered sphere to create an utterly spellbinding effect that's unlike anything you've ever seen. It's a bit like staring into an electric psychedelic fish bowl. We imagine.
The Eclipse is available in two different versions, the Solar and the Lunar. The former gently phases through the warm colours of the sunset whilst the latter cycles through the darker colours of a lunar sky. Both variants really do make the aforementioned eclipse of '99 seem about as engaging as a blown lightbulb and they're guaranteed to captivate all who encounter their space-age glow.
To add to the hi-tech feel there are no switches or buttons on the Eclipse; you simply press down on the globe to turn it on and off - an action you'll be carrying out on a regular basis, because once you see this hypnotic sphere in all its glowing glory you'll be Eclipsing-it every single night.
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