LIGHT UP THE NIGHT – PEDAL POWER ON SHOW AT LUMINOUS

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT – PEDAL POWER ON SHOW AT LUMINOUS

Can you generate enough electricity on a bicycle to light up a sign? You can find out at the upcoming Luminous Festival at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens on July 13th and 14th.

The Creative Recycling Centre has joined forces with Gladstone brothers, John and Malcolm Leinster along with the Gladstone Men’s Shed to construct two modified bicycles that members of the public can pedal to generate electricity to light up 3 different types of lights. The bicycles are attached to a sign spelling LUMINOUS which requires 40 watts of electricity to light up all the
letters. The pedal power generators have been constructed using recycled bicycles, alternators and other recycled equipment.

Adults and children will be able to experience how much more energy it takes to light up incandescent light bulbs and fluorescent tubes than LED lights. According to the Australian Government’s
www.energymadeeasy.gov.au site each year, an average household in the Gladstone Region uses 20.8kwh each day during summer and slightly less each day in the cooler months. Residents of 4680 with an average household size of four people had an annual energy consumption averaging 18.3kWh daily. By experiencing the change of increase in energy needed for different light bulbs people can begin to talk and think their homes energy consumption and begin to make small changes.

The Creative Recycling Centre is a not for profit organisation that aims to get people talking and thinking about waste minimisation, recycling and environmental protection. You will be able to climb aboard the pedal power generator between 5.30pm and 9.30pm at Luminous to see if you have what it takes to turn on the light!