All over our neighborhood I see solar path lights sprouting like mushrooms.
I love the concept of solar lights (after all we have lived in a passive solar adobe house for the last 30 years), but I cringe when I see most of them since the light is so poor.
Most homeowners buy kits of multiple little solar lights since it is cheap and convenient. Makes total sense.
The problem is just that the solar collectors are tiny, too and they can’t really give off much light at all. And the light is a cold, blue-ish light.
Since the sola concept really intrigues me (and I am in the lighting business) I put some of Luceplan’s Solar Buds in our front yard. Amazing!!! They really produce enough light for our path. The light is beautiful AND the fixtures look really, really nice.
But at $171 a pop they are not a cheap date!
SolarBud needs no electric wiring because it is powered by a battery recharged by sunlight. With exactly the right brightness, it picks out paths, tracks, swimming pool edges, doorways etc, that would otherwise be hard to recognize in the dark.
The solar energy, collected by a polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic cell, powers two rechargeable nickel cadmium batteries. After sunset, they can yield the energy accumulated from the sun to spontaneously turn on the high efficiency leds. The duration of the light when fully charged is between 13 and 15 hours. The sun exposure time necessary to reload the energy expended after 13 hours of lighting is about 5 hours.
The Hope pendant light by Luceplan has won the prestigious red dot design award 2010 in the product design category.
The award ceremony took place on July 5, 2010 in the spectacular venue Opera House designed by Alvar Aalto in Essen (2010 European Capital of Culture).
Designed by Francisco Gomez Paz and Paolo Rizzatto, Hope was selected by a jury of international experts for its high technological content, innovation, and spotless formal styling. This award boasts considerable international impact. During the 2010 edition of the red dot award, designers and firms from 57 nations worldwide participated; 4252 products were presented overall.
This truly represents a worldwide success for a product that, as soon as it made its debut on the market, a little less than one year ago, immediately met with extraordinary critical and public praise.
Ultra-lightweight and easy to assemble – fruit of a brilliant design and production project – Hope evokes the magic of traditional crystal chandeliers through a modern interpretation that makes use of contemporary materials.
A lot of fun is to be had when decorating a child’s room.
All kinds of themes and colors are available to tailor the room to a tot’s tastes.
When it comes to lighting, practicality and atmosphere are important.
The first factor to consider is the age of the child.
Babies need central lighting during the day, and something soft to let them sleep at night.
An effective choice would be a ceiling light, centered in the room with an up-lighting shade and a dimmer switch. More »