In a display of the roguelephant.com awesomness of the Internet, users of the website Slashdot have thoroughly debunked claims made by the inventor of the Gravia gravity lamp. The inventor claimed that the lamp could use a 50 lb weight dropping five feet to bestellen levitra power a 700 lumen LED for 4 hours.

But when the Slashdotters actually did the math, they discovered a few flaws. First, the inventor assumed 100% efficiency.

Much worse, is that they seem to have put a decimal in the wrong place, and ended up with completely erroneous numbers:

There's 50lbs of weight that fall about 4ft, if I'm reading the diagrams right. That's 200 ft-lbs. Which comes out to... hmm... 0.075 watt-hours. Over 4 hours that means 0.019 watts continuous power.

To get ~700 lumen light at 200 lumen/watt would require 3.5 watts of power, over 4 hours is 14 watt-hours or 3700 ft-lbs. Over 4ft of wffisher.com fall that amounts to 925 lbs. My goodness, that is www.tedxamsterdamed.nl a group effort.

It's sad news, but it is nonetheless the case. The inventor has admitted his mistake and only today discount generic viagra offered the www.aco.ca Greener Gadgets honor to the runner-up below him.

Really, this makes you appreciate how much work needs to be done even to power the lowest-wattage light bulbs. Sometimes, it's good to realize how really remarkable and efficient our current system is...even if it comes at the cost of an idea that, at first glance, looked quite appealing.

Via Slashdot

written by nickjohnson, February 23, 2008

written by Mark Bartosik, February 25, 2008

The time to generic cialis from india lift the weight would be a couple of seconds.

So the work lifting the woman and levitra weight would only likely power the light for some tens of seconds.

written by Reg, March 19, 2008

How about a 40 foot drop and 200 or 300 (or more) lbs?

It would be easy to lift 200 lbs to a height of 40 feet with the proper winch.

It would be a matter of spending a few minutes to winch up the weight in return for an evening of light.

written by DM, March 20, 2008

Also, 200-300 lbs 40 ft up in the air, unless the structure is properly stress-analyzed, is potentially a very dangerous contraption. Not to mention moving and erecting. And maintanance...

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The Gravitational Potential Energy (GPE) of the 50 lb (22.7 kg) mass lifted to a height of 48 inches (1.2 m) is:

22.7 kg * 9.8 m/s^2 * 1.2 m = 267 J.

I found a "warm white" LED (7000 mcd at 35% viewing angle) that consumes 120 mW of power.

Assuming 100% efficiency converting GPE to electric power, a 120 mW LED could stay lit for (267 J) / (0.120 J/s) = 2220 s (37 min) So the design goal of 400-600 lumens for 4 hours is definitely beyond reach of the design. That doesn't mean the idea is completely without merit. Even a single LED could penetrate the darkness in an off-grid cabin. I like the www.toscanalifesciences.info idea of consuming the electric power immediately as it is needed. Use GPE and the calories in your diet as the battery.

I'd like to see the "high efficiency ball screw" turning a generator.