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Perhacs Studio Brake Light

The Brake Light is a perfect balance of material, form, and function embodied in a timeless design.

  • Estimated Shipping: Ships within 4-6 weeks

  • Balance of Material, Form, and Function

  • Inspired by Nature and Mankind

  • 8 Months of Design

  • Innovative Soraa Snap System

  • Crafted at Perhacs Studio in Los Angeles California



Perhacs’ Brake Light pendant is the culmination of 8 months of design and prototyping work. Playing around with many different forms during the design process, the Brake Light is inspired by simple structural building systems and materials, both found in nature and in the man made world. The result is a perfect balance of material, form, and function embodied in a timeless design. Perfectly suited for commercial applications, hospitality, or residential, and available in many different custom color and finish options to meet your project needs. Whether hanging above bars, tables, and countertops, or clustered together to create lighting installations, the Brake Lights will transform a space into something truly inspired. The Brake Light is made 10 mins from Perhacs Studio in Los Angeles California by an old school LA manufacturer established in 1946.


The Brake Light comes standard with a GU10 lamp base and Soraa dimmable LED down light. The bulb has a 390 Lumen output and a color rendering index of 95. The Soraa lamp is the highest quality LED of its kind on the market. The GaN on GaN technology creates a light that produces crisper shadows and makes colors and whites appear truer than traditional halogen bulbs. The innovative Soraa Snap System utilizes a rare earth magnet in the center of the bulb, allowing you to snap on a multitude of filters to change the beam spread, color temperature, and lumen output. There are even filters that can change the shape of the beam to a square or an ellipse. The high quality light output of the Soraa LED combined with the Snap System makes just one bulb adaptable to any lighting application.

Material and Finish:

powder coated aluminum

Lampshade and cork insert color options:

Black / red / white (other colors available upon request)

Natural cork / black cork

Cord color options:

Black / red / white / yellow (other colors available upon request)

Cord length:

10 ft. long mesh sleeved cord (other cord lengths available upon request)

Lamp base:

GU10 (GU10 comes with a 7.5 watt Soraa down light)

(other lamp bases available upon request)

Electrical connection:

Hardwired (includes mounting hardware and ceiling canopy)

How did we curate this product?

While there’s no universal standard for sustainable manufacturing, Living Deep is committed to supporting brands, makers and manufacturers that are on a ‘deep green’ path, making progress towards positive environmental and social benefit. As we consider how this product impacts our health and the health of all species, you can learn more about how we evaluate products, or keep reading below for our curation of this specific product...

Where does the product come from?

Brandon Perhacs

Born in Port Townsend, Washington, he spent his formative years playing and working in his parents bronze foundry and machine shop. There he learned multiple skills, and developed a passion for sculpture and design.

After high school, for a number of years, he ran a metal fabrication and machine shop in Seattle. In 2001 he headed to Southern California to study environmental design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Upon returning to the Pacific Northwest after school, he designed and built a concrete, steel, and glass home, studio, and gallery, where Perhacs Studio was based for over 12 years. In March of 2018 he moved his office and studio to Los Angeles.

Over the years, his interests and creative passions have spanned the gamut from industrial design to lighting, sculpture, jewelry, packaging design, furniture, architecture, and interior design.

Brandon’s designs have been featured in design stores and museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, and the Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore.

He also has a fondness for rust, concrete, hot rolled steel, Turrell, Rilke, the desert, cheap beer, expensive whiskey, cats, and extremely spicy food.

What is it made of?

The Name ‘Brake Light’ comes from the process of brake forming used to manufacture the lights. The materials used were chosen for ideal form and function. Natural cork, brake formed metal, button head machine screws, and fabric covered cord, create an elegant modern dialogue when brought together with light. The shade was designed to rotate 360 degrees independent of the cord and electrical housing, so you are able to orient the light to your specific project design.

The cork inserts are available in natural color or charcoal black. the fabric cord comes in a multitude of colors. And the metal brake formed panels are available in many different finish options, including powder coated aluminum with a rainbow of color options.

Where does it go at the end of its life?

100% of this product can be recycled when at the end of its life.

Artist statement

June 19, 1937

"Dear Cedric,

A strange thing happened to me today. I saw a big thundercloud move down over Half Dome, and it was so big and clear and brilliant that it made me see many things that were drifting around inside of me; things that related to those who are loved and those who are real friends.

For the first time I know what love is; what friends are; and what art should be.

Love is a seeking for a way of life; the way that cannot be followed alone; the resonance of all spiritual and physical things. Children are not only of flesh and blood — children may be ideas, thoughts, emotions. The person of the one who is loved is a form composed of a myriad mirrors reflecting and illuminating the powers and thoughts and the emotions that are within you, and flashing another kind of light from within. No words or deeds may encompass it.

Friendship is another form of love — more passive perhaps, but full of the transmitting and acceptance of things like thunderclouds and grass and the clean granite of reality.

Art is both love and friendship, and understanding; the desire to give. It is not charity, which is the giving of Things, it is more than kindness which is the giving of self. It is both the taking and giving of beauty, the turning out to the light the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. It is the recreation on another plane of the realities of the world; the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men, and of all the inter-relations of these.

I wish the thundercloud had moved up over Tahoe and let loose on you; I could wish you nothing finer."

-Ansel [Adams]


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