The result of a project focused on sustainability, the Weight Powered Lamp provides a means for the user to produce their own electricity for light in an interesting and dignified way. The exposed components and need for manual interaction helps in removing the lamp from the device paradigm. The user understands how the product works and where the light/electricity comes from. LED technology allows this concept to be realized because of their high efficiency and long life.
The Lamp can be powered with electricity from the home by plugging it in, or if the user chooses they can power the light by lifting and releasing the 5 pound concrete weight. When droped, it spins a generator which charges batteries and powers the 12 LEDs (equivalent to a 40 watt incandescent bulb) taking about a minute to drop and generating enough electricity to power the LEDs for about forty minutes (these numbers are approximate and can be improved through the use of higher efficiency gears in the generator).
The user can easily repair the lamp as it uses common bicycle components including a freewheel cog, chain and bearing. Replacement parts can be purchased locally and bicycle technology is typically understood by most users.
The user can easily customize the lamp by choosing their own paper or material for the diffuser. This personalization makes the lamp more versatile and will increase the lifespan of the product by adapting to rapidly changing trends.
The structure of the lamp has a simple, timeless design that can easily be manufactured locally from common off-the-shelf stock material.