The optical illusion of light depth in this Infinity Mirror is created with some simple pieces including LED lighting and a mirror backing. Don’t expect to see your own reflection staring back at you though – instead be drawn into an endless tunnel of light. A great weekend project for young and old, and a fun piece to display at home.
With a configuration of two or more parallel mirrors creating a series of ever decreasing reflections that recede into infinity, this optical illusion is often called an “infinite or infinity mirror”.
Often used in home décor as room accents or artwork, they work by adding a set of lights (usually LEDs) around the periphery or edge of a fully reflective mirror and a second mirror know as a one-way mirror or partially reflective mirror.
A beam of light is bouncing back and forth between the reflective surfaces to create the illusion. Each successive reflection adds the perception of distance travelled to the illusion, it adds to the distance to the length the light must travel. This series of repeating images is known as Gabriel’s Horn or Torricelli’s Trumpet.
WARNING! CHOKING HAZARD: Contains small parts, or sharp edges Not suitable for children under 3 years (or any individuals who have a tendency to place inedible objects in their mouth or nose).
AGE: 8 and up