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Is this realistic?

  1. Mar 3, 2012 #1
    My class is working on a bio-mimicry project. Long story. Recently we've been looking at bio-luminescent light, and specifically what Philips has been exploring. Here's the article if you're curious, but it doesn't have much to do with the question:
    http://www.design.philips.com/phili...probes/projects/microbial_home/bio_light.page
    and
    http://www.popsci.com/technology/ar...-waste-luminous-bacteria-can-light-your-house

    Now here's the dilemma, we have ideas for this, but nothing has been decided on yet. We don't necessarily have to light up a house with this, but if we could, that would probably draw more eyes.

    So here's the question, can we make light via this biological process at a central spot and move it through a building to a source of emission in another room while loosing little to no energy? By what means? I feel like this is more a physics question than a biology one. Can anyone help me out?
     
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  3. Mar 3, 2012 #2
    Either fiber optics or a system of ducts with mirrored inside surfaces should do the trick.
     
  4. Mar 3, 2012 #3
    And that would still emit light through the other side to illuminate a room? That's fantastic to hear.
     
  5. Mar 4, 2012 #4
    I woud imagine that fiber optics would be your best bet. You'll still lose light, though. You can get an idea of how much light you would lose from this page. Using the calculator on the page with typical values as given in the article below, you can see, for instance, that after sending light through a fiber optic cable 100 inches long you'd end up with about half the light you started with.
     
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