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(Yahoo)   Company develops glow-in-the-dark lamps. Even if it's shattered, the shards will still provide light   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 44
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2005-08-03 11:44:47 PM
 
2005-08-03 11:55:57 PM
Cool
 
2005-08-03 11:56:50 PM
hah

You can take them out of their fixtures for portable light (obviously since the shards can be carried around too).

That's pretty cool.
 
2005-08-04 04:23:28 AM
Shadoobie.
 
2005-08-04 08:45:30 AM
Aww, they're non-radioactive. I was hoping someone might liberate my office.
 
2005-08-04 08:48:17 AM
You could accomplish the same thing with any light source just by putting the phosphors on the lighting fixture itself. I seem to remember seeing a kid's room lamp with a glow in the dark shade a while ago.
 
2005-08-04 08:50:41 AM
The lights, however, cost five times as much as regular fluorescent tubes.

this is not a problem for the government, they have spent more on less.

/i want some.
 
2005-08-04 08:52:47 AM
At 5 times the cost of a ordinary light, it is apparent he is eying the government's business.

$500 toilet seats anyone?

Why not set the price at TWICE the price of ordinary lights? More people & businesses would consider the purchase then, than at 5 times the price.
 
2005-08-04 08:55:02 AM
Great idea. Props. The carry-around bit is particularly cool, although obvious when you think about it.

Would be neat to see some video shot with a fixed aperture.

Also - what do you do in your conference room when you want to run the projector? "OK, Bill, kill the lights... -- God damnit!"
 
2005-08-04 08:57:53 AM
What an excellent idea. Many years ago, I was in a very large computer room when there was a power failure. For whatever reason, the emergency lighting didn't come on. It was a strange, eerie feeling standing in total blackness as mainframes died all around me. It was also damned difficult to find my way out. These lights would have been very handy.

I would imagine the price differential will drop if enough people buy them (or if some bright city adds them to the office building code).
 
2005-08-04 08:58:31 AM
PacManDreaming

That office glow reminds me of the lab in Tron.

Of course everything reminds me of Tron.

/The Tron-guy would approve this
 
2005-08-04 08:59:14 AM
I don't get how you turn them completely off if you want to. Is there an afterglow switch or something?
 
2005-08-04 09:00:54 AM
Useful when picking shards out of your face in the dark...

(with a mirror!)
 
2005-08-04 09:01:10 AM
with full spectrum goodness, too. i think i'd like going to work better if we would just use different / full spec. lightbulbs.
 
2005-08-04 09:02:33 AM
Damn that "Sepster" in the fark personals has to be the Dog-ugliest person i've ever seen.
 
2005-08-04 09:06:01 AM
Heh, last night after I woken up to go take a wiz (and post in the farktography thread, vote for me!!!) I realized that I had inadvertantly done just this.

In a junk room outside of my bedroom I had hung a glow in the dark hoberman sphere under a lightbulb in the ceiling. I had done it for the asthetic value, of having a big glowing blob thing floating in the air, but after I hit the light switch and had to stumble half alseep past a huge dead 21"+ monitor, tables, boxes and random crap strewn on the floor I realized that I could still kinda see from the glow. I then decided that I had done that on purpose and went to bed feeling self satisfied.

I think I should sue.
 
2005-08-04 09:14:44 AM
If I could be anywhere at the moment:
"Cuddling in bed naked with a wonderful lover watching movies and eating potato chips and dip."

Oh wait... that has nothing to do with these awesome florescent tubes.

Anybody know who comes from Florissant, Missouri? (sounds like a frenchman saying florescent)
/2004 Miss USA Shandi Finnessey
//GIS that!!! (will BRIGHTEN anyone's day)
 
2005-08-04 09:14:55 AM
I love lamp.
 
2005-08-04 09:16:25 AM
snoringtoad: Damn that "Sepster" in the fark personals has to be the Dog-ugliest person i've ever seen.


first thing I thought of

 
2005-08-04 09:37:12 AM
Wow. When I'm shattered, I only provide clumsy pick-up lines and vomit.
 
2005-08-04 09:39:11 AM
snoringtoad:

Damn that "Sepster" in the fark personals has to be the Dog-ugliest person i've ever seen.


I may be wrong about this, but I could've sworn that sepster has been up on the main page before. I seem to recall reading many comments on her/it.
 
2005-08-04 09:40:36 AM
bah my grammer surrenders. too early for me.
 
2005-08-04 09:41:44 AM
But what if the lamp sharted
 
2005-08-04 09:48:57 AM
This is one of those "why didn't anyone think of this before?" kinda things, isn't it.
 
2005-08-04 09:57:56 AM
THE SHARDS GLOW BLUE WHEN ORCS ARE NEAR!
 
2005-08-04 10:06:50 AM
cool. lights that don't fully "turn off" when you turn them off. making the job twice as difficult for people who want to break into office buildings and wreck up the place.

the next big project for this company? the "clapper-clapper" the device that does the clapping for you to activate/deactivate any devices that are connected to your "the clapper" it's voice activated, only requiring a twenty digit security code...
 
2005-08-04 10:13:02 AM
agonyscene

I may be wrong about this, but I could've sworn that sepster has been up on the main page before. I seem to recall reading many comments on her/it.

No, I'm afraid that you are entirely correct. Personals have been on "recycle" for months now.

And why do I keep thinking about enchanting when I read "small glowing shards"?
 
2005-08-04 10:34:27 AM
I always have to wonder about these companies with amazing new products who nonetheless can't seem to be bothered with spell-checking their own damn website.
 
2005-08-04 10:37:48 AM
As for lights that don't 'fully' turn off in cases when you WANT darkness, let's make the assumption that most powerpoint/slide show presentations don't require total darkness and/or you wouldn't want to use these bulbs in such an area.

Or you just put the glowy tubes underneath the edge of the table or near the floor, the way a theatre would. in the case of an emergency in a meeting room/theatre, the only light you need is the one pointing which way to the exit.
 
2005-08-04 10:45:11 AM
I saw a quart of glow-in-the-dark paint once in a paint store for about 25 bucks. Just paint the ceiling with that, and get the same effect.
 
2005-08-04 10:45:30 AM
"Why not set the price at TWICE the price of ordinary lights? More people & businesses would consider the purchase then, than at 5 times the price."

Yea, thats right. Way to use the common sense on that one. Since companies don't really have any cost, they can just set the price at whatever they please and stay profitable right. Just lower the price, that way you can sell 10 times as much. Hmmm sell 1,000 with a positive profit margin or sell 10,000 while losing money on every unit. Stupid greedy corporations.
 
2005-08-04 10:51:48 AM
Major Thomb wrote:
You could accomplish the same thing with any light source just by putting the phosphors on the lighting fixture itself. I seem to remember seeing a kid's room lamp with a glow in the dark shade a while ago.

Which is actually, potentially, a much brighter (please excuse the pun) idea. Better to spend more on light fixtures that only have to be purchased every 10, 20, 30 years, rather than on lights that have to be purchased much more frequently.

The only possible reason that woudn't work is if the phosphors would lose their glow-powers long before the light fixtures would need to be replaced. But I don't know anything about how this stuff works. Do they lose their effectiveness over time, and if so how long does it take?
 
2005-08-04 10:55:11 AM
I want to see a new action movie where a killer is stalking a woman in an office building at night and she runs into a brightly-lit office to hide and...

*click*

"Oh fark me."
 
2005-08-04 11:05:35 AM
 
2005-08-04 11:11:42 AM
So, it's a fluorescent tube that can be removed from the fixture and used as a portable light source AND it can be made strong enough to withstand a hammer blow?

Geeks everywhere say "and there was much rejoicing":

 
2005-08-04 11:31:49 AM
jordan_lund

My first thought exactly.
 
2005-08-04 12:17:44 PM
there were lights like this already; some sort of florescent tubes. there was another layer after the phosphorous stuff (next to the glass)

i don't know why they never caught on. as a kid my dad showed them to me at his fabrication plant, said they were expensive but gave the guys an extra 15 minutes worth of light in an outage if the emergency lights didn't kick on. the reflectors were made of almost the same stuff.

but this was in the 70's.
 
2005-08-04 12:41:59 PM
therealburkazoid: first thing I thought of

me too.... weird
 
2005-08-04 02:08:30 PM
Imagine really wanting to turn it off and not being able to.
 
2005-08-04 02:58:51 PM
could the shards be forged into Anduril by the Elves?
 
2005-08-04 04:11:39 PM
i_doit3d
$500 toilet seats anyone?

That specific urban legend is only partly true. While not $500 for a toilet SEAT, it was $500 for a toilet COMPARTMENT - like on an airliner. I'm too lazy to look for a source to cite, though.
 
2005-08-04 04:20:09 PM
Aww, they're non-radioactive. I was hoping someone might liberate my office.

Wins the thread
 
2005-08-04 05:47:46 PM
The tubes can even be removed from their fixture and carried around as portable light sources.

Or used as lightsabers for hours of fun.
 
2005-08-04 07:35:58 PM
Hmm. I see from the article that the initial planned client base is the US Navy, for use aboard ship. I can see that.

No sunlight below decks, and especially none in a submarine. Right now, emergency lighting in the event of losing the electrical generators is supplied by "battle lanterns", which are basically 6v lanterns in a military-spec housing. These aren't the inline emergency lamps you may be used to seeing in landbound office buildings. Of course, unless you want an in-the-dark clown show as sailors hunt blindly for the lantern, the lamps are turned on BEFORE any expected power loss, which eats up batteries.

They'd better use these on skimmers too, or the submarine community will start seeing even more "glow in the dark" jokes.
 
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