Fake window adds much needed light to bare walls

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Fake window adds much needed light to bare walls


Another pretty simple day project. Affix some bright white LEDs to the inside of a venetian blind, add a timer switch, attach to a blank, empty wall in your house or apartment, and you instantly have a much psychologically larger living space. The “Bright Blind” by Makoto Hirahara will fool you into thinking that there might be a way out of your one room shack.

Bright Blind – [via]

18 thoughts on “Fake window adds much needed light to bare walls

  1. Shadyman says:

    Hah! That’s ingenious!

  2. Unomi says:

    I already thought of this years ago, but hadn’t the time (nor the energy) to make it.

    My idea was even extended to use a controller. With RGB LED’s you could mix any color. With a controller you could have the array of LED’s dim on places and simulate a sunset or sunrise etc.

    Cool to see someone made it to a real project.

    – Unomi –

  3. StGrimblefig says:

    The text below the picture is misleading. The blinds in the picture use electroluminescent (EL) sheets, not LEDs. I think using LEDs would not look nearly as good, as they would give more uneven lighting. The EL sheets make it look almost real (in the picture, at least).

  4. ocie_mitchell says:

    It would look even better with some trim around the “window”. The border would make it look even more real.

  5. david says:

    I had the same idea like Unomi about a year ago.
    But I don’t know enough electronics to know how to connect LEDs to a battery safely.

    I wanted to have a timer and have the colors change so as to simulate the transition of light at sunrise.

    But seriously, this idea is really really good and gets double points for simplicity.

    I believe I am going to try to make one just like
    this maker’s one — real simple and straight forward.


  6. Brad says:

    This is totally awesome! I want one in every room of our converted attic. There are not nearly enough windows and this would be great.

    Paper Assistant

  7. gray says:

    Perfect for the wall of your cubicle at work!

  8. Dale A. Robertson says:

    One couldplace a large transparency of say the Matterhorn over the sheet and instead of a dull venetian blind one could have a mountain view

  9. Jason Royal says:

    This is the easiest and most realistic faux window I’ve seen!

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