posted on Jun, 18 2008 @ 08:47 PM
reply to post by Rasobasi420
First off, you might be using the units incorrectly here. a 3 inch circle is, in addition to being COMPLETELY NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT WE'RE TALKING
ABOUT, about .0045 square meters. At wikipedia's maximum value for sunlight of 100000 lux, we're talking about 456 lumens. That's more or less in
the range of a 60 watt bulb, but remember, that's at noon, at the equator, on the brightest of sunny days. Could be useful, probably wouldn't be
worth the effort in real life.
But if you watched the video, you'd see that it isn't like that at all. They've got the tops of the bottles screwed into holes in the ceiling, just
like they're light bulbs. The neck of a bottle is only about 2 cm wide. That's a surface area of just 0.000314 square meters, less than a tenth of
your "3 inch hole", for a luminous flux of just 31 lumens, over an order of magnitude dimmer than a 60w bulb. This is, of course also on the
sunniest day at noon at the equator. 31 lumens is the equivalent of a 1 watt bulb.
Either the people in the video are on the planet mercury when they say that the water filled bottle lights up the room brighter than a 60w bulb, or
they're lying, and it's a kind of hoax of exaggeration.
(my previous calculation was inaccurate, because I screwed up the order of operations. My machine calculated .01m^(2pi), when it should have done
.01m^2(pi)) whoops. it's brighter than I initially surmised, but still far to weak to be of any use whatsoever as shown in the video. If they were
actually sticking the bottles halfway through the roof so that they had at least a 3 inch cross section like you must think, THEN it might make some
sense (but probably be more conspicuous than a window, too). But as shown, it looks very much like a hoax.
The way it's done in the video, the bulbs probably wouldn't really light up at all significantly before or after noon, since they're screwed into
beams of wood. the light coming in at an angle would just run into the wood.