Photographer/inventor/entrepreneur James Madelin is tired of his photo gear, gear he loves and thinks looks great, sitting in a closet when he isn't on a shoot. The gear is useful, but he was looking to make it more enjoyable. From that came Phlite, a lamp attachment product that takes your at-rest photo gear and lets you enjoy it all the time.
In the Kickstarter description, Madelin explains: "As photographers, we spend a ton of cash on beautifully engineered gear; steel and carbon fibre tripods, gorgeous cameras, industrial lightstands.... then for much of its life -when we're not out shooting- we hide it away, unused and unseen.
"With Phlite, you can show off your camera gear. All the time!
"Phlite transforms your camera gear - your tripod, your camera, your lightstand - into a beautiful floor lamp, table lamp and desk lamp."
"When you want to use your gear, Philte slips off quickly and easily. When it’s not on your camera gear it sits flush on a table or shelf and is still a stunning lamp. When you're done shooting, Phlite clips back on easily too."
Phlite takes advantage of the trend of decorating with photo gear, but makes it more affordable and, arguably, more practical. Tripod lamps aren't a new idea, but Phlite lets you use gear you already have to make statement pieces in your home.
What I want to know is what you guys think of this product, and if you would use it. If you're a fan of the idea, you can back it on Kickstarter.