Power on Sunset Test

By Sandy Smith, via Make.

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10 Responses to Power on Sunset Test

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m surprised the artist’s name isn’t Voytek.

  2. Rob Beschizza says:

    Good god, $618 a month! The Architect’s electric bill must be outrageous.

  3. jathomas says:

    I’m guessing that room is pretty… WARM.

  4. Peaceflag2007 says:

    They should take a picture, and then display the picture.

    Save power.

  5. dculberson says:


    I bet it makes a great noise, too. Dozens of different fans of varying size and speed. Whiirrrrarriirrrrarririair!

  6. Internets Was Yes says:

    That is probably the loudest, heaviest sunset ever.

  7. Rob Beschizza says:

    Follow the link and check it out from behind. I’m thinking that costs at least $100 a month to run.

  8. geekpdx says:

    If you gutted all the components you could recreate this with some CF light bulbs, plexiglass screens and opaque colored plastic.

    Hell, you could probably do it with just a few large bulbs and some fiber optics and still have the same effect if you tosses a few fans in to recreate the sound.

  9. dculberson says:

    Rob, that is a fire inspector’s worst nightmare. Spider webs of AC just begging to start a fire.

    I calculate:

    39 computers and CRT monitors running
    200 watts per pair (very conservative)
    39 x 200 = 7,800 watts (7.8 kW)
    Average cost of electricity in US, 2008: $.11/kWh

    To run it 8 hours per day, 30 days per month would cost:

    8h/d x 30d x 7.8kWh x $.11/kWh = $205.92

    Running it 24 hours a day would cost:

    24h/d x 30d x 7.8kWh x $.11/kWh = $617.76 !!

    I couldn’t find current average power cost in the UK in my limited searching. Also note that power costs vary greatly; California users have paid as much as $14.59/kWh in the last year.

    Summary: Yes, loudest, heaviest, and most expensive to watch sunset ever. Also.. still awesome.

  10. Anonymous says:


    Whoa whoa whoa… Californians have paid as much as $14.59/kWh?!

    … really?

    I mean, I’ll take your word for it, but…

    … really?

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