Gallery: Solar Flower Petal Street Lamps Bloom by Day, Illuminate the N...

 

Smart design meets city lights in these solar-powered LED street lights by Phillips. Inspired by how flowers open up to the sun to collect the sun’s energy, the Sustainable City Lights feature photovoltaic petals that open during the day to collect the sun’s rays and transform them into energy. Then at night, the light closes and LED lights turn on to brighten city streets.

Designed for the Phillips Simplicity Event in 2008, the Sustainable City Light is an intelligent outdoor lighting system meant to enhance city life by providing accurate lighting on demand as needed. The LED lights feature motion sensors that are triggered once the sun sets by individuals walking in close proximity to the light. If no one is around, the lights conserve energy by remaining off.

Powered by the sun, the street light blooms open during the day to collect energy through its solar panels. The five solar panel petals generate more than enough power to keep the lights on and any extra power is fed directly into the grid for use elsewhere.

+ Phillips

Via Yanko Design

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  1. Noel Membrere January 12, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    the only un-green are the batteries when they expire after less than a thousand recharge cycles.

  2. cnfzone January 16, 2013 at 7:30 am

    they look somewhat futuristic, can’t really see them fitting in with many urban surroundings at all – will be surprised if we see these anywhere anytime soon to be honest.

  3. keszigo December 29, 2012 at 7:04 am

    It’s a neat idea and am sure they would look great – any news on whether these designs have been launched anywhere yet?

  4. Lawrence Nuku October 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Fantastic design; true may disturb birds and insects in flight-but this can be corrected.Please display prices on this site-may help too many unneeded requests for prices.For now pls. send FOB prices on each to us at our address.

  5. anayman September 26, 2011 at 12:30 am

    The cost and how import to dominican republic to offert in a project?

  6. nelson July 21, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Please I am into Marketing, on this particular, very interesting to make street light to be decorative also functional, plus the beauty blends the natural environment. please i will like to know how to get this product market to the end users. I can get some handsome order for it. Who can I talk to? can u get me the address of the manufacturer?
    for sales purposes?

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  9. Blckstone August 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    How to impliment sure system in rural developing areas? South Africa

  10. ovielove May 4, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    how much and how can someone import it to Nigeria?

  11. mistawac March 9, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    It doesn’t point upwards. If you really examine the LED compartments they look to point down at the sidewalk. While I really do appreciate the idea, they shouldn’t completely shut off at night, rather just dim themselves.

  12. fdfisher February 26, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    This is a fun design, but it appears from the drawings like the light is directed as much upward as it is downward. That’s not good because light pollution in cities creates distractions for birds and insects and studies show that it has had a significant impact on their populations. A truly smart, green design would contain some sort of reflective cover to ensure that the light only shines down at the street and not up into the air where no one needs it.

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