Gravia Lamp

Gravia Lamp

Jonathan B.
Feb 20, 2008

Now this is a (literally) brilliant idea: a lamp that needs no plug and is powered by gravity. To turn it on, place weights in the top. Gravity makes the mechanism move slowly down the interior column, generating enough electricity to produce 600 to 800 lumens of light for four hours. Aside from the stunning and simple design, here's the best part: no cord. The lamp is made of acrylic, but the designer, Clay Moulton of Springfield, Virginia, has a long life in mind.

Acrylic, he points out, yellows and crazes with age, and in the case of this lamp, that's a good thing. Not only does it impart a sense of history, but it also will help to warm the bluish light produced by the LED bulbs.

And did we mention it's beautiful?

The lamp is not yet in production, but we bet it's not far away, as a patent is pending. Read more about Gravia in Virginia Tech's press release.

Thanks, Allard!

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