In a world where lights are normally activated at the flick of a switch, this lamp requires users to carefully consider the cost of energy.

Artist and designer Mike Thompson has crafted a prototype lamp designed to make the user think about the costs of energy. The one-use lamp is lit by a chemical reaction triggered by the user’s own blood. Mike explains the concept below:

What if power came at a cost to the individual?

The average American consumes 3383kwh of energy per year. That’s equivalent to leaving the light on in 4 rooms for a whole year. The simple flick of a switch allows us to power appliances and gadgets 24/7 without a thought to where it comes from and the cost to the environment.

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