Aptilite produces a variety of unusual and unexpected 3D printed and LED based items for both residential and
commercial environments. Here's a breakdown:
Aptilite makes a number of hanging lights. They're primarily designed to be very functional and
efficient work lights, but with a style that brings a level of abstract art to the fixture.
One of our retailers affectionately calls them "spaceship lights" because one of the designs looks
like a flying saucer, but we think they fit in perfectly right here on earth.
Aptilite makes several wall lights and they're all basically variations on a theme. A 10-inch
disc of Aluminum is the foundation of the light. LEDs are attached to the disc, and then a variety
of materials are used as light diffusers. These include laser cut plexiglas and vintage color
vinyl LPs. If it works and it looks good, we're willing to give it a shot.
Top Shelf lights:
We've come up with the idea of a light designed to sit on top of a bookshelf, wall unit, or maybe
even an armoire. It's sort of like a floor lamp that uses a separate piece of furniture as its
base. Many of the lights that we make seem to know what they want to be before the first prototype
is made, and that's how these lights came to be. If you've got a tall piece of furniture in an
area that always seems to be in the shadows, these lights might be exactly what you're looking for.
3D printed LED Tea light holders:
An offshoot from our use of a 3D printer has been the development of holders for LED-based tea
lights. We have made several designs and have been getting enthusiastic support from customers
and friends, so here they are. We envision that the designs will change and we know that in the
3D printing world, the available colors tend to come and go, so don't hesitate to buy something
if you like it. All tea light holders come with a battery operated LED powered tea light which is
1.5" in diameter. We believe the holders will hold the rechargeable tea lights used in commercial
settings, please call if you you have any questions.
Other 3D printed items:
We started using the 3D printer to make light diffusers and spacers for LED light fixtures and
along the way, we stumbled into using raw gcode to make faster and more elegant designs. The 3D
printed tea light holders came next, someone suggested matching vases, and we made a few ornaments
for ourselves just because we could. It wasn't long before these items took on a life of their
own and now they seem to be becoming a focus of what we do. 3D printed items which are not LED
tea light holders will go here for now.
Store Window lights:
Our first commercial product was the L16 store window light. We started in the city of Portsmouth,
NH, a quaint and touristy city with hundreds of small retail shops and the lack of quality
lighting for store display windows was impossible to ignore. We learned that there was no such
thing as a light fixture specifically designed to light retail store windows and so we built one.
We've even built a simulated store window in our studio to help make our store window lighting