Pedal-powered lighting is perfect for the festive season.
The combination of low-energy LED lights and bicycle generators can produce incredibly spectacular large or small scale installations.
LED fairy lights are so energy efficient that it’s possible for one bike to power as many as 3000 LEDs.
Last Christmas, Electric Pedals installed a pedal-powered Christmas tree for the charity V-inspired in Manchester’s Hardman Square. The tree was then moved to the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in London . This was a 10m high tree with 2400 LED lights powered by the public using 10 bikes and generators around its base.
Pedal powered Christmas Trees have been described as a “spirited, thought-provoking response to the season of contemplation and highlight global concerns about energy and waste and encourages a “hands-on approach to art”.
Make your own xmas
Also last Christmas, Electric Pedals collaborated with artist Bob and Roberta Smith to create the Tate Britain Xmas tree.
Make Your Own Xmas was an 11m high tree made from scrap materials with 30 halogen bulbs powered by 8 bikes which the public are invited to pedal. The public had to work hard and get involved in the piece in order to light the lights. The artist noted that this was better than just standing around and observing.