by , 10/16/06

Richard Lawson 9Vo(l)tive, Battery LED light, 9volt battery lamp, LED candle, battery LED candle

Have a hard time finding a use for the other 9 volt battery you got in that 2-pack? Look no further that Richard Lawson’s charming DIY LED light: 9Vo(l)tive. Just stick one of these suckers on a 9 volt battery and you’ve got an instant LED candle. The greatest part about this glowing wonder is its size. You can take it everywhere for ambient lighting on the fly. We’ve yet to hear when the 9Vo(l)tive will go into production, but inquisitive minds should contact the designer (and if you get one of these, we naturally back the rechargeable route!).

+ Contact Richard Lawson

via: Core 77

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  2. Ben D. Wood - PDX January 21, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Man…I have been looking for an energy-saving battery powered light for my bathroom that has not a single electrical outlet other than the fan/light in the ceiling. Furthermore, I keep my 3-pound dog in there when I’m not home and I hate leaving her in the dark for hours at a time. I want one of these, like, YESTERDAY! Let me know when an where I can buy one! Thank you, nice breakthrough!


    ~Darkness can not drive out darkness only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that.–Martin Luther King, Jr.

  3. Douglas January 5, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    How can I order some of these DIY 9 volt LED lights?

  4. Lance November 12, 2007 at 3:51 am

    I designed something like this years ago, and I sell it as a kit, no nice cover, but it works just the same, see

    My reason for doing this was all the smoke alarm batteries that were piling up. In Australia it is a legal requirement to have battery backed (or battery operated) smoke alarms for all homes, and it is strongly recommended that batteries are replaced every year. However, those batteries are usually close to full still, if you are using quality alkalines (and why wouldn’t you, in a device designed to save your life), so you would normally be throwing away near-new batteries – very wasteful.

    So, when I get spare batteries, I just snap one of these on top and use it to replace nightlights etc, ideal for safety lights on stairs, nightlights for kids etc…

  5. lisa October 27, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    but batteries are bad for the environment.

    how can this light be sustainable?

    how can a consumer afford to buy 10 batteries for ambient lighting on a dinner table, even if they were ok with using batteries?

    isn’t that the aim of desingers these days?

    can someone please explain.

  6. Inhabitat » DIY 9... August 14, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    […] the 9-Volt lamp first made its appearance on Inhabitat, it was then called the 9Vo(l)tive. The 9Volt puts those extra 9-Volt batteries to use, in […]

  7. foxbat555 August 11, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    They look cool, I imagin the lights would last quite some time being LED. great work

  8. lori tyska August 2, 2007 at 10:39 am

    Please let me know where/when I can purchase these 9v lights. What a wonderful green idea!!!

  9. Jakob July 27, 2007 at 9:34 am

    This is exactly what I expected to find out after reading the title poetry. Thanks for informative article

  10. geraldine brown July 8, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    I have 14ft walls and need more lighting but battery only, cant afford to run wires.. any suggesrions?

  11. geraldine brown July 8, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    let me know when this is available

  12. Evans S June 24, 2007 at 6:56 am

    I like it…please add me to your email listing.

  13. Inhabitat » ICFF ... May 24, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    […] seen 9-volt batteries acting as light sources before, as in Richard Lawson’s DIY LED light, but these ‘DEK’ (Designer Emulation Kits) from Mark McKenna bring iconic design to […]

  14. Don Pierson April 13, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    Please add me to the list for this.
    Any thoughts as to how long it will last.
    I am thinking of this at the end of my driveway–too far regular lights and not enough light for solar
    A night light control would be good too

  15. Joe Levi: All that R... March 28, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    […] Core77 and Inhabitat comes Richard Lawson’s 9-Volt LED […]

  16. suraj March 21, 2007 at 2:17 am


  17. Les C. February 3, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    I am an LED addict, so I MUST have these! Available anytime soon?

  18. Leslie N January 17, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    Pls hurry I need to buy some of this for my superbowl party , the are super cool and modern PLeaSSSEEE

  19. David Hogberg December 28, 2006 at 7:50 pm

    please post me when these are available. Many thanks. D

  20. Ken December 28, 2006 at 6:07 pm

    The battery I know about…what’s the thing on top and can it be purchased, say, at Radio Shack?

  21. Tino December 28, 2006 at 5:22 pm

    Very convienient. I’d like to purchase some when they are available.

  22. JD December 28, 2006 at 4:22 pm

    How can I get one of these?

  23. Susan WHite December 28, 2006 at 4:11 pm

    Please include me in on when I can obtain one of these little lights.

  24. karen November 28, 2006 at 11:28 pm

    I need 4 of these immediatly. where can i get them?

  25. Melanie November 28, 2006 at 12:19 pm

    Great product – our customers will love them. Let me know when they’re available.

  26. Cindy November 25, 2006 at 4:21 pm

    Would love to buy some of these

  27. Evelyn November 14, 2006 at 12:38 pm

    Hello Everyone –

    Thank you for reading, it is great when we can connect designers to people really interested in their products. Unfortunately Inhabitat does not sell products, think of us as an online magazine. To find out availability of the 9Vo(l)tive follow the green link that says “Contact – Richard Lawson” and e-mail the designer directly. He’s more than willing to send a response.


  28. RAUL GARZA November 14, 2006 at 12:16 pm


  29. George November 13, 2006 at 6:58 pm

    SIMPLICITY! nice idea! Please email me when they are available…

  30. Ellis November 6, 2006 at 4:53 pm

    Great idea. Now I have a use for the 9V batteries that I remove each year from my smoke detectors. They still have lots of life left in them. In case of a blackout I’ll be prepared. I would prefer a non-flickering version but maybe you can have a switch that provides an option.

  31. Stickrod November 1, 2006 at 12:33 pm

    Brilliance on 9v. As with all preceding comments please inform when available.

  32. mikesh chauhan October 28, 2006 at 9:01 pm

    please let me know when the Richard Lawson’s 9Vo(l)tive is sweet mini lamps are available to buy and where from,

    many thanks

  33. Suzanne October 22, 2006 at 9:03 pm

    of course yes yes yes – be good and give us the 411 on how to get a hold of them…

  34. Nico October 22, 2006 at 8:47 pm

    Yeah ! thanks to tell me when these are aviable ! it’s a very good idea.

  35. Mary Thrasher October 22, 2006 at 6:38 am

    I want some, especially for the dining table. Let me know when available!

  36. emily October 22, 2006 at 2:52 am

    ‘less is more’……Count me in when they are available!

  37. Mike Kerwin, LORAX Deve... October 20, 2006 at 5:28 am

    I’m in. Where do we buy them?

  38. Paul October 19, 2006 at 11:20 pm

    Please email me when these are available :)

  39. Hannes October 18, 2006 at 11:56 am

    Fantastic. I’d buy a few.

  40. John Ronin October 18, 2006 at 11:15 am

    Great design! I NEED these! Please email me when they are available.

  41. larry October 18, 2006 at 12:10 am

    WOW, I can think of hundreds of uses for these lil lights. Hmmm?…I think I’ll go visit radio shack….

  42. Bob October 17, 2006 at 10:06 pm

    Wow so he stole the pak-light idea and added a diffusor. What incredible design!

  43. Lara October 17, 2006 at 9:48 pm

    I WANT AS MANY OF THOSE AS I CAN GET! Gimme Gimme! Email me when they are available for sale, PLEASE!!!!

  44. Julie Niemeyer October 17, 2006 at 9:28 pm

    Now I really like these!!! Something I ‘d actually buy!!

  45. NIcole October 17, 2006 at 5:07 pm

    I would LOVE to buy a few of these!

  46. B McClelland October 17, 2006 at 4:55 pm

    Very simple… I like it!!! I’ll buy a few too!
    Email me when they are up for grabs!

  47. Ally October 17, 2006 at 4:36 pm

    Ahh this is genius! Buh-bye tealights!! Please let me know when these amazing things will be up for sale.

  48. Brett Logan October 17, 2006 at 1:11 pm

    Very interesting in buy a few of these. Lov’em!

  49. Karen Davidson October 17, 2006 at 12:17 pm

    Brilliant! Please add me to the mailing list for when the 9Vo(l)tive is available for sale. Thank you.

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