Accidents Happen

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by stubeeef, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. stubeeef macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2004
    Sounds awesome to me. I now use mostly compact flurescent bulbs now in my house, most are 14 watts and give a 60watt light, so 28 watts gives me about 120 watt equivalent. These would be much better!
  2. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    Some guy outfitted his entire house illuminated with white LEDs. Read this story on Slashdot about a year ago. He saved quite a bit on electricity as well. This new discovery sounds very promising.
  3. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    I love reading stories like these - thanks for the link! Don't know when this would become practical and we would start seeing it commercially, but cool nonetheless!
  4. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    That's quite cool and I'd love to have a wall you could *paint* these dots on and have them shine when needed. Very cool stuff.

    I think one of the reasons we haven't seen more of an effort for better lighting is that the bulbs work nicely enough and the need replacing often. All the companies making the bulbs aren't going to want to have to give that up any time soon.

  5. minimax macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2005
    Not to be bragging, but coming from Eindhoven we are used to a LOT of futurist ways in which to use light. Eindhoven is both home of Philips, one of the largest and certainly most influential innovators in light and the Design Academy, which even foreign newspapers as the NY Times call the most influential industrial design academy in the world. Now imagine Philips Light Research, Philips Design and the Design Academy sharing the same building. We just had the graduation exposition this week (just visited it yesterday ANd today) with lots of mindbaffling innovations again, some including lights/lamps of course.
    One recent innovation from Philips Design were pillows on which you could SMS messages. The light's were directly woven into the fabric, you couldnt see them. So you would sit on your couch tres relaxed when your pillow starts flashing beneath you.
    Perhaps not as sci-fi as the OP's invention, but it is an actual product almost? ready for the market.
  6. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    What happened if you drooled on the pillow? Or washed it?
  7. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    I tried the fluourescents and just can't deal. Yucky light and too dim.
  8. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    The V&A Museum in London recently hosted a 'Touch in Design' exhibition where they had several prototype pieces some of which played on light. They had a bed which you could draw on with a finger and a beam of light would appear on the cloth for a short period.

    They also had a few new methods to send/receive SMS although some of them were some unintuitive that most people walked away from the exhibit rather than stay and experiment.
  9. joepunk macrumors 68030


    Aug 5, 2004
    a profane existence
    Saw a TV show about a month ago that talked about the using LED's to light a home. In one part of the section they took a kids cooking oven and replaced the regular bulb with several LED's. The oven w/LED's did not cook the little cake faster than the one with a regular bulb. Anyway, I thought that using LED's is a very promising idea and a good way to save money as long as you are comfortable with their light output.
  10. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    Royal Philips and their labs are absolutely the trend-setters for this type of technology. Presently I'm using mostly Reveal incandescent bulbs, I'm really anal about white light, and fluorescent is too green-cast for me (plus, i see flicker in just about any fluorescent light). But I did switch to fluorescent for utility lights as they last so frigging long. I've been eying LED lights for a while, and I'm considering switching to LED bulbs in all the (non halogen) lights in my apartment... but at like $27/bulb, they had better be pretty damn white, even if they do last forever.

    I don't like the sound of yellow-white light from this invention, but it's still in it's early stages... Designers have been doing a lot with incorporating light into surfaces and objects... there's a revolution waiting to happen. I agree, eventually we won't have lamps, light will be a function of the architecture and furniture.
  11. EGT macrumors 68000


    Sep 4, 2003
    Very interesting!

    I'm not a fan of fluorescent lights. Too dam loud! :p
  12. maya macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2004
    somewhere between here and there.
    Very neat discovery indeed.

    Since it states that the light emitted would last for 50, 000 hours what happens when those 50, 0000 hours are up. How do you replace this, do you repaint the surface(s). If you electrically charge it with a laser, how do you turn it off? Or do you electrically charge the paint to turn it off and on.

    I must have missed something in that article. Kinda confused on some of the details. :confused:
  13. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    Cool discovery! What a neat accidental discovery.
  14. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Funny how many inventions are accidentially created in the pursuit of something else.

    Post-its and Ink Jet printers come to mind.

    This one sounds really cool and would save energy as well. Awesome!

  15. Whyren macrumors 6502a


    Jun 3, 2004
    east of the West and west of the East
    This could be quite interesting especially since it sounds like you might be able to modify the light without having to buy a new dot-bulb.
  16. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    Pff, you're simply too attached to the red portion of the visible spectrum. :rolleyes:

  17. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040


    Sep 13, 2003
    Its not so much where you are as when you are.
    For me I'm too attached to life without the strobe.
  18. pigwin32 macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2003
    50,000 hours = 5.7 years, not that I want to redecorate every 5 years but it brings a whole new dimension to "how many Australians does it take to change a bulb".

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