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Lamp Runs on Human Blood

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posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 03:58 PM

What if, every time you wanted to switch on a light, you had to bleed? Would you think twice before illuminating the room, and in turn, using up energy?

That's the idea behind the blood lamp, invented by Mike Thomspon, an English designer based in The Netherlands. The lamp contains luminol – the same chemical forensic scientists use to check for traces of blood at a crime scence. Luminol reacts with the iron in red blood cells and creates a bright blue glow.
To use the lamp, you first need to mix in an activating powder. Then, you break the glass, cut yourself, and drip blood into the opening.

Thompson came up with the rather gruesome idea, reported by New Scientist recently, a few years ago while he was studying for his masters at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. He was researching chemical energy for a project and came across luminol.

"It kind of triggered this thought in my mind, that if energy somehow came at a cost to us, then maybe it would make us think differently about the way we use it," Thompson told LiveScience. The lamp is intended to "challenge people's preconceived notions about where our energy comes from," he said, and it forces the user "to rethink how wasteful they are with energy, and how precious it is."

And the fact that it is a single-use light makes its application all the more meaningful.

"You have to really decide when to use this lamp because it's only going to work once," Thompson said. "So it makes it kind of a poignant moment."

Thompson designed and produced the lamp in 2007, and made a video of his project this year.

Link to Video Demo

(The video is a little graphic)

Quite the trade off. Definitely not practical, but certainly would get a person thinking about their energy consumption.

I suppose if you wanted to, you could make one of these any time.

posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 04:10 PM
Very nice find....

S&F = Lesson Learned.

But then again it could raise the murder rate.

[edit on 13-10-2009 by Conclusion]

posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 04:32 PM
I am in the UK I think about electricity consumption all the time at

23p / KWh = $0.37 /KWh

posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 04:34 PM
i'm bout to troll all over this but

this is [snip] stupid and i hope it goes nowhere. not this thread, but this lamp. it's like those dumb custom cars people build. "ah, oh, that's pointless, moving on" except it tries to extract a moral.

how about the fact that i work all week to keep my electricity running?
it's corporations that are stopping us from finding new energy sources, not the little people.

Mod Edit: Profanity/Circumvention Of Censors – Please Review This Link.

[edit on 13-10-2009 by 12m8keall2c]

posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 04:48 PM
This is actually kind of scary. Not the lamp but the possibility that to get this energy source rolling the government might come up with a new blood tax.

posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 04:51 PM

Originally posted by endisnighe
This is actually kind of scary. Not the lamp but the possibility that to get this energy source rolling the government might come up with a new blood tax.

Ok, dang it, I hadn't thought of that.

posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 05:08 PM
Great Post....S & F !!!!

Now we need a lamp that runs off of BS, there's plenty of that to go around.

posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 05:20 PM
reply to post by Signals

They already have that, every light @ the UN HQ in New York Runs off 100% post consumer BS

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