Gallery: Blood-Powered Lamp Makes You Bleed for Your Light

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We often just assume that energy to power our TVs, computers, cell phones, and other electronics will always be readily available. But the earth’s resources are scarce – a reality that designer Mike Thompson wants to illustrate (somewhat painfully) with his blood-powered lamp. The single-use lamp forces users to think about where every drop of their energy is coming from–literally.

In order to turn on the lamp, users have to break off its glass top, prick a finger until blood comes out, and mix the blood with a dissolved tablet (possibly made out of luminol) inside the lamp.

The lamp is more of an art piece than anything else–who is realistically going to sacrifice their lifeblood in the name of mood lighting?–but as Thompson explains, “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.”

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  1. NoOneCares McGee December 31, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Did the artist ever want people to stop ant think about how much energy is used to melt the glass so it can be blown into shape? Seems like he is defeating his own message. More so in this case, with it being a one time use and all.

  2. Andre Tardiff January 31, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Could be a new use for unused blood from meat processing plants and slaughter houses?

  3. Ashley Beebe October 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    i want a few of these as well!

  4. Cala_lillies August 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Are these for sale yet?

  5. GazCreature July 1, 2012 at 11:00 am

    This is absolutely brilliant. Either start marketing these soon or I will have to start dedicating to figuring the entire process out myself. I would buy these by the case.

  6. alejandrone September 30, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Yes! Let’s FORCE “the other” to do something about their hoople-headed thinking!

    Or… Please please please use your energies to give us something divine! Stop this waste of time.

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