take retired iPhones and employ them as lights and speakers
take retired iPhones and employ them as lights and speakers take retired iPhones and employ them as lights and speakers
jun 18, 2015

take retired iPhones and employ them as lights and speakers

take retired iPhones and employ them as lights and speakers
all images courtesy of ivan zhubra





the smartphone industry churns out new editions every year, with no consideration to do with old still useful predecessors. ukranian industrial designer ivan zhurba developed a lamp that reuses senior apple iPhones like the ‘4’ and ‘4s’ or ‘5’ and ‘5c’ versions to convert them into light sources and audio speakers. the design consists of an unsophisticated arm that hugs the phone leaving the bottom exposed to feature the built in LED light perviously used as the flash for taking photographs.ivan-zhurba-iphone-lamp-designboom-02

the acoustic tunnel amplifies the sound coming from the iPhone speaker



a charging cable is incorporated in the layout, as well as an acoustic tunnel that amplifies the sound coming from the speaker of the iPhone. ivan zhurba announced that the iPhone lamp will be available for 3D printing through kwambio in july-august 2015.

includes a charging cable for the phone


straightforward layout of the lamp


the lamp will be available for 3D printing through kwambio


  • Another option would be the ability to flip the old phone over and use the screen to make a dimmable “light”, rather than the LED.

    Danno says:
  • What’s the name or publisher of that New York book??

    Marcelo says:
  • Very nice and attractive.

    Ron Smith says:
  • Amazing use for retired phones. Could this be tried on other branded phones too?

    Xcluse Shop says:
  • As a lighting designer for theater productions and a long time Mac user, I think this is a very cool idea and I would be interested in being updated on the production of your light. I’ve also done ballet festival lighting in Donetsk. Sadly, I think those days are over!

    lloyd sobel says:
  • sorry but I don’t find this a great idea… it is more than important to recycle old mobile phones because there are a lot of valuable resources in there. a lamp can be build much environmentally friendly!

    chrizz says:
  • excellent product … only improved the piece one aspect, face up, left open in order to allow the use of mobile phone while it is used as a lamp.

    Joao Sousa says:
  • Jeezus… this is utter decadence. Just how rich are You guys? 🙁 I remember, not long ago a kid from china sold his kidney for an iphone. If You don’t use it anymore and are too lazy to sell it, just give it to someone!

    Filip says:

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