Phlite turns ordinary camera gear into household lamps

A light stand is for life, not just for photography!


A light stand is for life, not just for photography! Turn your camera gear into furniture with the zany crowd-funding project, Phlite. The product converts equipment — be it cameras, stands or tripods — into household lamp holders.


The Phlite is the brainchild of Enlight Photo’s James Madelin, who, after creating the Orbis ring flash and Frio coldshoe, presumably went a bit mental.

“Phlite transforms your gear into a beautiful floor lamp or desk lamp, so you can enjoy it all the time,” he says. Genius.

Then, if you’re about to go out shooting and actually need to use your tripod/camera/stand for something other than a reading lamp holder, then you can “quickly and easily” detach the light from your equipment. It can then be reattached when you’re finished.


A project on Kickstarter, the company needs to raise £25,000 by 5th January 2014. At the time of writing, it’s nearly a quarter of the way there, having received over £6,000 in pledges.

If successful, backers who have donated £40 or so will be entitled to a “small” Phlite, suitable for mounting on a camera, while early birds or those who give over £50 will get the large version befitting a tripod or light stand. Visit the project page for further information.

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David Selby
David is a keen photographer and has been editor of Lighting Rumours since 2010. When not writing about lighting, he works as a data scientist at the University of Manchester, UK.