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Water shows when the heat is on

Water shows when the heat is on

Designer Carlijn Compen upgraded her watertap with some LED’s that shift color along with the heat of the water. A simple yet effective example of information decoration that will seamlessly fit in the ambient bathroom. I don’t know whether the electricity for the LED’s is generated by water power.

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  1. Hi!

    This is one of my first posts on the fantastic NextNature blog.

    I have seen several of these color changing tap water gadgets and they are not that expensive at all. Some of them are powered by a (wasteful!) battery built into the tap, others are powered by the flow of passing water (yes!).

    LED Faucet powered by batteries:
    http://bit.ly/4hFuR (only 6,50 EUR)

    LED Faucet powered by ‘water’
    http://bit.ly/SIMTj (only 7,50 EUR)

    These are factory direct prices. Here in Holland I found that retail prices in shops tend to be at least double and it is exactly the same product.

    I tried both versions (batt. powered and water powered) and even though the battery lasts really long, I still prefer the ‘deluxe’ model powered by the flow of water.

  2. Arnoud van den Heuvel

    So we have red for hot and blue for cold. So technically it must be possible to have a rainbow flowing from your tap. How I would love that. :) …or green water for climate neutral.

  3. I worry about the claims that might come from people who bought a colored tap and then burn their hands on transparent water at a tap that hasn’t been upgraded.
    But anyhow, I’ve ordered a few of those deluxe models straight away. Thanks for the tips Martijn.

  4. @Koert: You’re most welcome. I am quite happy with the LED taps myself. (I have the no batt. version)

    You are right in that people might expect to be warned for hot water (after all, hot tap water is red) and then sue because “someone should warn you for this”. :)

    @ Arnoud: Maybe a rainbow of colors is a bit too much for now (should be possible to make so maybe the next model)

    The color changing shower head at: http://bit.ly/6X8xS might give you a bit more fun. It has 3 colors:

    - GREEN; 46 deg C

    good fun and no batteries are required. Problem is the rather high shipping costs compared to the LED Faucet ( http://bit.ly/SIMTj )

    Anyway, it is good to read the articles on Nextnature.net. I have been a fan since your feature on Mora Chicken Knots (1000 animals on a stick) and have read every single post ever since.

    Keep up the good work and thank you for running this web site.

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