Ambient Lights Get Powered By Nothing

Well almost nothing. Here’s how the deal works: you have a multiple socket strip and probably using up all the sockets to power your gadgets. Its switched on and you keep forgetting to unplug or switch off the unused gadget from the strip and waste energy. With the Saving Energy Multitap, the so called wasted energy is no longer wasted….it gets sucked up to power this set of cool looking touch-sensitive ambient lights on the wall. The job of these ambient lights is to subtly remind you that you need to power off buddy!

The video of the working prototype convinces me that this is a neat idea!

* Gold Award : The 22nd Koizumi International Lighting Design Competition for Students

Designers: Dong Hoon Han, Hwa Yong Shin & Dong Jin Shin

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Energy Saving Multitap For Ambient Lights by Dong Hoon Han, Hwa Yong Shin & Dong Jin Shin

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    26 Comments

    • brack says:

      you’ll waste more energy building this thing…if you really are concerned about those little LED’s wasting energy, you have to start demanding they stop putting them on everything.

    • Jconnor says:

      I used to have a calculator that somewhat got powered by light bulb light. That must somehow be able to be incoporated in a design or developed upon.

    • SkippyTheMarine says:

      The answer to gadgets not wasting energy is connectivity. When a gadget is charged, it should send a command to the port to turn off, and wait until a sufficient level of charge has been lost to require it to replenish itself, or to gain full charge and then turn completely off. This should be hard wired into all portable devices.

    • Kerensky97 says:

      How much power draw is it to run all those LEDs?
      And how much does that compare to the small energy draw of a charged phone or a TV that is turned off?

      Seems to me you’re wasting extra power to tell yourself that you’re wasting power. And if you’re not in that room, or at work, you may just keep wasting that extra power to light a room that nobody is in.

      • Wwhat says:

        Actually no, a led uses several factors less power than a standard device on standby, although standby powerdraw is improving of course, but on the other hand they could use low current LED that use 1/10th of a normal LED.

    • TuxRug says:

      If it’s touch-sensitive, then It’s always going to be wasting electricity, whether they’re toggled on or off. This needs mechanical switches.

    • Travisco_Nabisco says:

      I really like the idea of cutting off the power vampires in my home. However my TV always comes up with the initial setup options if I ever cut the power completely, and it has to reprogram all the channels. I don’t see why TV manufacturers can’t put a cheap watch battery or super cap in their devices to remember that kind of thing.

      To a lesser extend, I also do not enjoy having to reset the time and date, since I actually look at that info, on my PS3 if the power is completely cut to it.

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