What Watt? by Tim Fishlock


London designer Tim Fishlock has created a chandelier made of 1243 spent incandescent light bulbs.

Called What Watt?, the piece marks the phasing-out of incandescent bulbs in favour of low-energy alternatives.

The bulbs are suspended in a spherical formation with a 1.1 metre diametre, surrounding a single compact fluorescent bulb.

Watch a time-lapse video of the chandelier's construction here.

See also:

Euro Condom by Ingo Maurer
Found by Stuart Haygarth

More about Tim Fishlock on Dezeen: 50by70 for Habitat

Here's some more information from Tim Fishlock:


What Watt? is a memorial to and a celebration of the humble incandescent lightbulb. It’s a spherical chandelier, 1010mm in diameter made up of 1243 suspended bulbs of various shape and size, illuminated by a single low-energy light source. By 2011, all forms of incandescent light bulb will have been phased out in favour of greener alternatives. What Watt? marks the passing of a beautiful design that has remained relatively unchanged since its invention 130 years ago.

Designed and fabricated for a private commission. I will be producing an edition of ten.

Posted on Wednesday January 6th 2010 at 5:05 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Beautiful – well done.

  • Jensen

    That is quite impressive.

  • Q
  • Just fabulous!

  • prem

    intricate works, but simple concept. like it

  • Erik


  • chris

    such an obvious yet beautiful idea

  • Hey Tim, please take a look at the work of Stuart Haygarth – do you see any similarities??

  • berts bobje

    Man, why do my comments never get posted?
    in short; dear Tim, I think it is really not on that you make a work which is so similar to the work of Stuart Hayguart. In Dutch you would say you are trying to steal someones bread away. And I think it makes your credibility as a designer sink to a very low point.
    Will this do Dezeen? Hope so.

  • Jonathan

    Nice, but not original. Looks like Tom Dixons Chandalier replaced with bulbs – http://www.tomdixon.net/en/aboutproducts.html?Pid=20&Gid=3

  • belief

    I was totally thinking the same as In Shock above. Stuart deserves the credit here big time in my opinion.

  • AAAAAH. Go check out Stuart Haygarth at Haunch of Venison, or just his website. He showed the Tide Chandelier at Designers Block in 2005, and this is the wildest copy I ever seen.

  • Mark

    Calm down people, It’s highly likely that Haygarth got his idea from Cornelia Parker before him which was widely shown including the Tate http://www.genetologisch-onderzoek.nl/wp-content/image_upload/cornelia-parker.jpg It’s not a new technique.
    I don’t think the world should be deprived of this lightbulb design, just because it uses a similar technique to another. Or are you saying that we can only have Haygarths creations even if there are interesting possibilities that he doesn’t come up with? There is room for more as long as they are creative, Haygarths lights have had so much publicity that he doesn’t need to worry that people aren’t aware of his work.

  • Sasha

    Hey guys, I’m wondering how many copies of dinner chair you see.

  • ego sum paganus

    I see this as Mr Fishlock producing 10 of these as a memorial to Edison and the passing of an era. Fishlock does not have a new idea but he does not pre-tense for it to be his.

    After all it is a comisioned piece and at the end of the day we all have to eat…