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The Philips Bio-Light Goes Beyond Electrically Dependent Alternatives

 - Nov 18, 2011
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There are light fixtures that run on food, excrements, solar energy and more, but the Philips Bio-Light is the first that turns to bacteria to power it. Part of the Dutch electronics company's Microbial Home concept, this unique, albeit eerie, light not only feeds off of organic matter, it looks pretty organic as well. The Philips Bio-Light has a decidedly honeycomb configuration that beautifully complements the Urban Beehive that is also part of this collection.

Essentially, the Philips Bio-Light looks beyond electrically dependent alternatives for eco-friendly energy and instead harnesses light generated by bioluminescent microorganisms. The Philips Bio-Light is made up of hand-blown glass cells, each of which holds this type of bacteria that produces light through a chemical process known as luminescence. This process, interestingly enough, doesn't produce heat.