Extraordinary living chandelier with algae-filled leaves purifies the air

September 20, 2017 by  
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Lighting design has come a long way. Julian Melchiorri , a London-based designer and engineer, created this extraordinary living chandelier that not only lights up the room, but also actively purifies the air around it. Currently on display at the V&A Museum for London Design Week, the Exhale Chandelier features glass leaves filled with green algae that absorb CO2 and release oxygen. The living chandelier is not only an amazing eco-product that’s beneficial for the environment, but its sophisticated design makes for a beautiful lighting source for any atmosphere. Its modular format allows the chandelier’s green-hued leaves to be configured in a wide range of shapes, adding versatility. The lamp can be used indoors or outdoors – wherever air purification is needed. Related: 13 groundbreaking lighting innovations from NY Design Week Melchiorri is not only a design-engineer, but also a leading biochemical technology researcher. The innovative chandelier design is the result of his many years developing and crafting his unique “artifical leaf’” technology. Working with microbiological life forms, the designer’s bionic-leaf is based on the basic principles of photosynthesis , harnessing the power of converting CO2 into oxygen and integrating it into one very beautiful product. Although the chandelier is a prototype at the moment, the designer envisions integrating his photo-reactive cell technology into future buildings , freeing them of harmful emissions. + Julian Melchiorri + London Design Festival Photography by Mike Chino

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Hydra-Light lantern doesn’t need a batteryjust saltwater

August 7, 2017 by  
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Hail, Hydra…Light? You too might be singing this portable lighting product’s praises if you find yourself off the grid without a battery to your name. Designed with campers, boaters, and outdoor revelers in mind, Hydra-Light’s range of flashlights, lanterns, and energy cells harness salt and water as its power source. Several models even come with a USB port, so you can juice up your cellphone or smart device at the same time. Each Hydra-Light features an energy cell that comprises a carbon-based membrane and a replaceable metal-alloy cylinder known as a PowerRod. When an electrolyte like saltwater—or just regular table salt and water—is added to the mix, the two elements react to generate a current. Related: Light-powered device can purify air and generate clean energy This reaction continues until the PowerRod is exhausted to a sliver, leaving only “harmless mineral sediment” behind, per the Australia-based manufacturer. “When the rod has become very thin, it is removed and a new one is inserted—which takes just seconds—making the cell like new and ready to continue generating power,” Hydra-Light said. “All that’s needed during the lifetime of each PowerRod is a periodic rinsing out of the mineral sediment and refilling with fresh saltwater. Unlike conventional batteries, the power output remains constant and does not decline over the lifetime of the rods.” Hydra-Light claims that a single PowerRod provides more than 250 hours of continuous power, which is equal to the output of about 85 standard AA batteries but at a “fraction of the cost.” (Each Hydra-Light product includes a preinstalled PowerRod.) It’s still salad days for the company yet, but the technology is nothing if not promising. For the 1.3 billion people around the world who live without electricity, Hydra-Light could prove life-changing. For the rest of us, it’s several more sets of single-use batteries we don’t have to toss out. Americans purchase—and presumably dispose of—more than 3 billion dry cell batteries every year to power our various gadgets and gizmos, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency . Hail, Hydra-Light indeed. + Hydra-Light [Via Digital Trends ]

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The recycled wood ORION lamp can be adjusted using a sliding weight

September 1, 2015 by  
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ORION is a lamp made entirely out of  recycled wood that can be adjusted using a sliding weight. Wood chips derived from manufacturing processes are pulverized and mixed with glue to create a wood paste. This paste is used to create the particular shape of ORION. In order to make the lamp an interactive object, the designer added a cylindrical weight, which can be moved to adjust the intensity of the light. By sliding the weight along the arc, you can easily vary the intensity of the light emitted, with the brightest light released when the weight is at the ends of the lamp, giving you a gorgeously green lamp that will add style to any space. + Leonardo Criolani The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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8 Energy-Efficient LED Light Strands for the Holidays

December 3, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of 8 Energy-Efficient LED Light Strands for the Holidays Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: christmas decor , Christmas lights , eco design , eco lighting , energy efficient christmas lights , energy efficient strand lights , energy efficient string lights , festive led lights , festive lights , green design , green indoors , green lighting , holiday decor , holiday lights , indoor lighting , landscape lighting , LED Christmas Lights , LED Holiday Lights , led light strands , LED lights , led string lights , LEDs , outdoor lighting , string lights , sustainable design , sustainable lighting

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2014 Incandescent Bulb Ban Got You Worried? Here are Some Lighting Alternatives

December 17, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of 2014 Incandescent Bulb Ban Got You Worried? Here are Some Lighting Alternatives Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 Incandescent Light Phase Out , 2014 lightbulb ban , 2014 Lighting ban , best bulb , cfl , cfl light bulb , compact fluorescent light , eco design , eco lighting , Energy Independence and Security Act , energy saving lights , federal light bulb regulation , green design , green light bulb , green lighting , how to green lighting , how to switch to green lighting , incandescent bulb phase out , incandescent bulbs , LED , LED light bulb , LED lights , LEDs , light bulb phase out , light bulb regulation , light emitting diode , lighting energy mandate , phasing out incandescent bulbs , Philips , sustainable design , sustainable lighting        

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Designers Unveil Dazzling Low-Energy Lights at Euroluce 2013 During Milan Design Week

April 17, 2013 by  
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The 2013 Euroluce exhibition during Milan Design Week featured striking light installations that balance high technology with emotive aesthetics and intangibility with functionality. These might seem like opposing concepts, but they are two faces of the same coin. This year designers showcased an incredible range of energy-efficient lights that open new possibilities for the timeless interplay between light and shadow – read on for a first look! Read the rest of Designers Unveil Dazzling Low-Energy Lights at Euroluce 2013 During Milan Design Week Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: design events , eco design , energy efficient lighting , Euroluce , euroluce 2013 , green design , green lighting , LED lighting , Milan Design , milan design 2013 , Milan Design Week , Milan Design Week 2013 , Milan Furniture Fair , milan furniture fair 2013 , Salone del mobile , salone del mobile 2013 , sustainable design , sustainable lighting        

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Designers Unveil Dazzling Low-Energy Lights at Euroluce 2013 During Milan Design Week

April 17, 2013 by  
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The 2013 Euroluce exhibition during Milan Design Week featured striking light installations that balance high technology with emotive aesthetics and intangibility with functionality. These might seem like opposing concepts, but they are two faces of the same coin. This year designers showcased an incredible range of energy-efficient lights that open new possibilities for the timeless interplay between light and shadow – read on for a first look! Read the rest of Designers Unveil Dazzling Low-Energy Lights at Euroluce 2013 During Milan Design Week Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: design events , eco design , energy efficient lighting , Euroluce , euroluce 2013 , green design , green lighting , LED lighting , Milan Design , milan design 2013 , Milan Design Week , Milan Design Week 2013 , Milan Furniture Fair , milan furniture fair 2013 , Salone del mobile , salone del mobile 2013 , sustainable design , sustainable lighting        

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Hybrid Energy Harvester Uses Both Sunlight and Vibrations to Generate Electricity

April 17, 2013 by  
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Why just harness  light or vibration individually when you can use both to create electricity? Making sure to fully exploit both sun and sound simultaneously, researchers from  Sungkyunkwan University and Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology in South Korea have engineered a novel new device standing only 300nm tall. Publishing their work in the most recent issue of Nanotechnology , the team explained how their hybrid harvester could take advantage of the separate sources of energy to produce a single, constant output of electricity. Read the rest of Hybrid Energy Harvester Uses Both Sunlight and Vibrations to Generate Electricity Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dae-yeong lee , Electricity , hybrid harvester , Light , nanotechnology , piezoelectric generator , power , samsung advanced institute of technology , silicon nanopillars , south korea , Sungkyunkwan University , vibration        

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Hybrid Energy Harvester Uses Both Sunlight and Vibrations to Generate Electricity

April 17, 2013 by  
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Why just harness  light or vibration individually when you can use both to create electricity? Making sure to fully exploit both sun and sound simultaneously, researchers from  Sungkyunkwan University and Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology in South Korea have engineered a novel new device standing only 300nm tall. Publishing their work in the most recent issue of Nanotechnology , the team explained how their hybrid harvester could take advantage of the separate sources of energy to produce a single, constant output of electricity. Read the rest of Hybrid Energy Harvester Uses Both Sunlight and Vibrations to Generate Electricity Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dae-yeong lee , Electricity , hybrid harvester , Light , nanotechnology , piezoelectric generator , power , samsung advanced institute of technology , silicon nanopillars , south korea , Sungkyunkwan University , vibration        

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DIY: Learn How Make Your Own Aloe Vera Toothpaste

April 17, 2013 by  
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Looking for an all-natural toothpaste for those pearly whites? If you question what chemicals could be lurking in those brand name toothpastes, here’s an easy DIY project that wil yield refreshing, non-toxic aloe vera toothpaste gel . All you need is four ingredients: aloe vera gel (it’s best if you get it straight from the plant), baking soda, vegetable glycerin and fresh mint. In just five minutes you’ll have a soothing, antibacterial toothpaste that’s good for you and your teeth. Head over to Inhabitots for the complete instructions! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aloe vera , aloe vera toothpaste , DIY , DIY toothpaste , homemade toothpaste , how to make toothpaste , how-to , Inhabitots , natural dental care , natural toothpaste        

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