Solar Flower Petal Street Lamps Bloom by Day, Illuminate the Night
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On February 26, 2010 @ 3:30 pm In green gadgets,Green Lighting,Interactive Objects,Renewable Energy,Solar Power,Urban design | 12 Comments
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 
URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/sustainable-city-street-lights-by-phillips/
URLs in this post:
 city lights: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/07/greenspotlight-hanging-streetlight-planters-appear-in-the-netherlands/
 Phillips: http://www.design.philips.com/about/design/designportfolio/brand_communication/simplicity_event/sustainable_city_light.page
 Sustainable City Lights: http://www.design.philips.com/philips/sites/philipsdesign/about/design/designportfolio/brand_communication/simplicity_event/sustainable_city_light.page
 LED lights: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/17/no-glue-no-screws-led-clamplamp-grasps-our-attention/
 street light: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/11/13/trash-powered-street-lamp/
 solar panel petals: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/17/austin-texas-gets-an-electric-sunflower-garden/
 Yanko Design: http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/02/23/smart-street-lights-know-how-to-bloom/
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