Philips OneSpace Can Convert Your Entire Ceiling Into a Softbox


You know those perfectly overcast days, where the clouds just perfectly diffract the sunlight, turning the world into a beautiful, evenly-lit soft box? Imagine if you could have that indoors when trying to shoot a subject.

Now stop imagining, because it’s real. Philips has brought to life the OneSpace, a ceiling made of light, meant to replicate the even light of an overcast day.

Ranging in sizes from a square, 2.4 meter ceiling, all the way up to a 3 meter by 10 meter ceiling, these seamless overhead panels use LED lights within a diffusion cloth to give you the desired look.

Claiming to “deliver glare-free LED light that eliminates shadows completely so you can view objects in their true light” this seems like quite the lighting rig. Set at 4000k, it can be adjusted between 3000-5000k, making sure the white balance is just how you want it.


It’s worth noting that these aren’t exactly directed at photographers; rather, they’re meant more for showrooms and the like. That being said, it’s safe to say there are a plethora of photographers who have already lost a few ounces of hydration drooling over this… at least at PetaPixel.

There’s no word on what the OneSpace will cost, but you might want to look into hawking a few organs on the black market if you’d like to get your hands on one down the road.

(via PopPhoto)

  • TheGloriousEnd

    I bet something like this could be built (albeit in a less pretty form) by an adventurous diy’er

  • Pajuaba

    Countless (technically it could be calculated, ok) meters of led strips from China would certainly do :-) .

  • Dream Art’s

    Couldn’t agree more.
    Sure we could do something at least similar. (even if it’s not perfect, must work as well)

  • Kyle Clements

    Something like this is currently being worked on (albeit in a *much* less pretty form) by an adventurous diy’er.


  • rhienr

    yeah, I don’t know. Overhead light is still overhead, no matter how soft and even it is. Outdoor overcast light comes from all around you — from one horizon to the other.

  • Sean Mason

    My speedlight does pretty much the same thing.

  • Andy

    I’d imagine that the first use of this will be trade show booths.

  • Mr Hogwallop

    I get it! April Fool! HaHa. Or you have a very special speedlight. Or you didn’t read the article. Or you don;t have a clue about lighting…all due respect.

  • Mr Hogwallop

    High end Euro car dealers…

  • Glen Berry

    Does it come in black?

    Erm… I mean, can I get one with a grid? :)

  • FreedomWitnesser

    So can I get this thing on the walls with strobes… also, WTB snoot attachment.

  • Norshan Nusi

    Something like in those korean music videos use?

  • Jerry

    It doesn’t matter how expensive it is if you have a registered business; deductions for the win!

  • Al Borrelli

    I wonder if it’s controllable in the sense of turning on/off parts of it, or does it have to be fully on all the time. Imagine what cool lighting effects you could achieve if this were able to be turned on/off in different patterns such as squares/circles/lines..

    Off to rob a bank now. Be back…soon?

  • Al Borrelli

    Very true, but that light that comes from all around, is bouncing off things.. and that’s what walls/refelectors/etc are for. If your side/back/front/whatever walls are white (or another appropriately reflective soft color, you’ll get nice bounce light like that from outdoors.