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Old 07-17-2011, 12:40 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Joe Perez View Post
It's all about magnitude.

To light up a florescent bulb or power a tiny little temperature sensor requires very little power.

To do anything that most people would consider "useful" (eg: run a car, charge a cell phone, etc) takes a great deal more power. There just isn't that much energy being "lost" out of power lines.
Which is why I said lighting those tiny walkway lights in the yard would be enough for me. I just think it would be cool to 'steal" power from the company, right out of the air.
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Old 07-17-2011, 01:43 PM   #22
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You'd need a pretty big collector mounted very near the lines in order to produce any useful light.

The guys in GA got a whole freaking milliwatt, using an antenna of unspecified size (a lot larger than a patio walkway lamp) from a transmitter whose sole purpose is to dump massive amounts of EMR into the surrounding environment, and was located 500 meters away.
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