In 2009, designer Mike Thompson embarked on a project to create a Blood Lamp. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s a fascinating project that manages to put a little perspective on our energy consumption.

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Watch: Blood Lamp from miket on Vimeo.

What if power came at a cost to the individual?

The average American consumes 3383kwh of energy per year. That’s equivalent to leaving the light on in 4 rooms for a whole year. The simple flick of a switch allows us to power appliances and gadgets 24/7 without a thought to where it comes from and the cost to the environment.

For the lamp to work one breaks the top off, dissolves the tablet, and uses their own blood to power a simple light. By creating a lamp that can only be used once, the user must consider when light is needed the most, forcing them to rethink how wasteful they are with energy, and how precious it is.