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Philip’s Biolight Uses Bacteria To Light Up Rooms

The light is part of the tech giant's Microbial Home ecosystem, a concept in which the home is turned into a living organism.

Dylan Schenker
Dylan Schenker on November 30, 2011.

Should our indoor living conditions more adequately reflect the environment that we take resources from? Our homes are an ecosystem unto themselves, but more often than not they sap excessive levels of energy without consideration for how its affecting the space outside of them.

Philip‘s Microbial Home is a futuristic vision for how a living space can have not only less of an environmental impact but also foster a more symbiotic relationship with the environment as well. In this case, the home is a ‘biological machine’ that can filter, process and recycle waste. As the site explains, ‘each function’s output is another’s input.’ There is no waste because everything in the space is reused.

One of the most interesting objects in the home collection is a sci-fi looking, bio-light fixture. The light itself is generated by bio-luminescent bacteria that glow when fed methane and composted material. True to the Microbial Home mission, the methane is collected from a digester in the home. It can also be filled with fluorescent proteins to augment the light frequencies.

The neon green cellular array looks more like a new media sculpture than it does a light fixture, from each glass cell container protrudes tubes that lead to the bacteria’s food source.

Beyond its sustainable function this kind of design reconfigures the home as a living thing in and of itself. It reacquaints its dwellers with the relationship their homes have with the environment by transforming a house into its own ecosystem. The environment, then, is no longer something separate from technology but in harmony with it.

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