Photo via Mike Thompson
What if power came at a cost to the individual? This is what Mike Thompson asks. It is the driving question behind his design, the Blood Lamp - a single use lamp that requires a drop of the users blood in order to activate.
Thompson states, "By creating a lamp that can only be used once, the user must consider when light is needed the most, forcing them to rethink how wasteful they are with energy, and how precious it is."
Luminol is the secret ingredient behind the glow. It's a chemical forensic scientists use to check for blood, glowing bright blue when coming into contact with the iron in red blood cells.
I think I prefer the idea of installing energy dashboards in my house, rather than running things on blood. But it certainly would get me to think about how often I use a light...
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