We don't keep streetlights on when the sun is up, so why do we keep them on when the full moon is out? Metropolis Magazine held a Next Generation design contest, looking for designs focused on energy, and the winner was the "lunar resonant streetlamp."
The lamp dims itself depending on how much light the moon is putting out, saving energy and providing a consistent amount of light. If the moon is beaming, it'll hold back, but if it is a new moon, or cloudy then the lights will be on full blast Each lamp contains a photo-cell sensitive enough to detect subtle changes in moonlight. In addition they use LED lights instead of regular bulbs. All together, the lamps use 95% less power than regular streetlamps. A nation wide switch to these lights would literally save gigawatts.
We can't help but think it would be awesome to have these in our own house. If only our lights knew when they didn't need to be on. I never liked light switches anyway.
written by Steve Bailey, May 03, 2007
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