This retro electric chess set design was created by Brent Blake (pictured below) an American architect, design consultant and competitive chess player.
The simple yet innovative design uses plug bases, sockets, bulbs and ceramic elements as its main components. For the chess pieces transparent, coloured and clear bulbs become the typical pieces, instead of relying on shape
and form, colour is the distinguishing factor.
When pieces are captured during play they are placed in the side sockets which are not powered, thus, implying the message ‘lights out for those pieces’.
All the bulbs have low wattage 7w for the pawns and 11w for the rest)making it not too hot to the touch for users. There is also a dimmer switch to control the brightness of the bulbs for different lighting conditions.
The electric light chess set will be showcased during ‘Big deal art show party’ at Moses Lake Museum & Art Center in Moses lake, Washington on August 21st, 2010 if your interested and in the area.