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1. Elements

All ZElight pieces are identical. The elements are normally assembled with the front facing outward.

Each element has two curved and two straight edges.
2. How to link elements
The curved edge of an element MUST be placed over the straight edge of another.
When joining, the edges of each element will blend slightly.
3. How to assemble a classic round ZElight (30 elements)
Examine the diagram:
1st row: 5 elements
2nd row: 5 elements
3rd row: 10 elements
4th row: 5 elements
5th row: 5 elements

1st row is assembled into a rosette.

The 5 elements of the 2nd row are attached one by one in a ring around the 1st row's rosette.

Turn the puzzle upside-down in the shape of a bowl.

3rd row is a ring of 10 pieces attached to the brim of the concave "bowl", joined one to another.
5th row closes the opening
4th row narrows the sphere and...

When the sphere is finished, check that all links are stable, and that all straight edges are masked by curve ones.

If the sphere is too rigid to assemble, start from the beginning.

Try to mark the middle of the rosette with some sort of string. Remember always to place the front of the elements facing outward. Check after each row.

(The elements may be labeled with stickers that can be removed after assembly. The 5 elements of the 1st row are labeled "1", those of the 2nd row are labeled "2", the 10 of the 3rd row are labeled "3", and so on.)
4. How to use the ZElight

The socket cable and light bulb can now be inserted. The sphere has 12 joints with 5 hooks each, and 20 joints with 3 hooks each.

Tighten the joints around the flex(cord).

You can check that the light bulb is at the centre by loosening one element on the side of the sphere.

In the 30-element sphere lamps, the maximum bulb wattage allowed is 60W. Smaller lamps require lower wattage light bulbs. We recommend you to use Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL).
5. How to assemble other lamps

ZElight offers several other possibilities.

30 pieces can also make 2 smaller models (15+15 or 12+18) or even 3 (9+9+12)
The assembly method is the same, but you can start with a rosette (1st row) of 5,4 or 3 pieces,
and then continue with more of less rings.

Try to assemble this 12 elements model. The diagram shows 3 rows, each of 4 elements.

The last row is a little harder to assemble due to tension in the sphere. In this model the socket cable and bulb is inserted through a 4-hook joint. A number of models are assembled with the back of some of the pieces facing outward. This is shown in the diagrams by shaded elements.

An example of a 20-element model. The first 2 rows are assembled in the usual way, but the next 2 rows are joined with the back facing outward.

This model cannot be assembled in differenet way.

With more elements, larger lamps can be made. You can try a 120-element sphere model; it has twice the size of a 30-element sphere model. The more elements you use, the more difficult it becomes, but it also gets more exciting. In fact, there is no limit to size or number of variations. Check out the following examples.
9 A
9 B
12 A
12 B
15 A
15 B
24 A
24 B
30 A
30 B
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