Gallery: Illuminating Solar Blinds Turn the Lights On


What do you get when you take an average vertical blind (the kind found in practically any rental apartment across the United States), outfit it with special mini photovoltaics and LED pixels, then add a healthy dose of creative inspiration? The surprisingly chic and witty Solar Vertical Lamp designed by Yoon-Hui Kim and Eun-Kyung Kim. By creatively applying existing technology, Kim and Kim transform the lowly blind into a sustainable, sexy, and dramatic lighting system. Finally, a blind that has truly seen the light.

The two-dimensional lamps are brilliant in their simplicity. During the day, miniature solar pads soak up the sun’s energy. At night, artfully placed lighting pixels (similar to those used on billboards) illuminate. Simply close the blinds to ‘turn on’ your lights. These smart lights come in table lamp, floor lamp, and chandelier forms that add dramatic ambiance to any room in the house. Besides being completely energy-efficient and saving you tons of money on your monthly bill, you never have to dust them!

Via Yanko Design


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  1. ultrasoundblind January 16, 2010 at 3:44 am

    roller blinds | vertical; blinds
    While choosing the material, know that aluminum may be less costly as compared to the wood. Both these materials are attractive and serve you for longer duration. But wood blinds are usually expensive to buy as these are meant for sophisticated interior décor. So, if budget is the concern, we suggest that you shop for the metal blinds.

  2. AndyBlack December 10, 2009 at 6:48 am

    This is really clever, combining solar technology with everyday items such as blinds. Do you think they will work with bamboo roll up blinds?

  3. chrisp68 November 24, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Why have it in the design of a lamp when all your are really after is the light it generates? Thats like hooking up a cell phone to a dial up phone attached to the wall.
    You could make it any design you want. The possibilities are endless.

  4. yeemadesign November 23, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    The idea is very perfect, but it could be really put in practice?

  5. Green Eyed Girl November 23, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    That seems wicked scientific. And as simple as it seems, what about something even SIMPLER to install that is still sustainable? What about bamboo shades?

  6. Christian Biggins November 20, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Thats fantastic! Seems surprisingly simple, too.

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