House plants bring life to any room. What if they brought light to any room as well?
Living Light is a Dutch design startup that plans to do just that. By harnessing the power of plants, their design purports to generate enough electricity to light up and lamp in a sustainable way. Not just sustainable, the lamps are very attractive to look at as well. Now that’s real green energy.
How It Works
They use something called “microbial fuel cells,” a great form a renewable energy production. Plants are sun-powered, converting energized light rays into sugars and food using the process of photosynthesis. This process releases organic matter into the ground below, and the bacteria break the matter down, releasing free-floating electrons and protons– and that’s basically how normal Duracell or Energizer batteries work too, minus the plant. In order the harness the energy, they stick a couple wires into the dirt–ahem, I mean “microbial fuel cells.” And amazingly, there’s light!
Keeping the plant happy makes it produce energy faster and more efficiently. They even suggest stroking the plant, like a pet or a loved one. Playing music and talking to your plant-lamp may make it happy too — and playing jazz alongside a plant-lamp will make the ambiance of your room seem even more chill.
Obviously, these lamps aren’t for everyone. You have to be able to keep the plant leafy green and growing in order to generate enough energy to power the light. If you have a black thumb and somehow always kill your cactus, you might be better off getting a lamp from IKEA.
They’re perfecting the prototype, and will start shipping to customers next year. We’re hoping you can customize what kind of plant you’re growing– then we’d get a dozen. Let there be light!
Watch the video below:
Via The Next Web