Gallery: VISUALIZE THE WIND: With wind-powered LED light Firewinder

 

This might not be the most practical outdoor light in the world, but what the Firewinder lacks in pedestrian utility it makes up for in sheer engaging awesomeness. Transforming wind into light, the Firewinder is a hanging, wind-powered LED light that can be powered by the smallest breeze. Unlike most wind turbines that spin vertically, the Firewinder spins in a horizontal direction, illuminating its LEDs in a spiraling helix of light. The coolest thing about the Firewinder is that it doesn’t just run on or off, but instead is visibly reactive to subtle changes in the environment. How bright the LEDs glow corresponds directly to how fast the turbine spins, enabling observers to visualize the power of wind.

Created by UK inventor Tom Lawton, the Firewinder was inspired by his desire to ‘see the wind’. Lawton hopes his new design will inspire people to think about the invisible beauty, awesome power and endless resource of the alternative energies which encircle us.

Decorative as it is, we think this is a charming design which has the power to engage people with the beauty of clean, renewable wind power. Kudos to Tom Lawton for coming up with this beautiful idea!

£99.95 from Firewinder.com >> (Available summer 2008) + Firewinder + Light Wind – Wind-powered LED Lamp on Inhabitat

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6 Comments

  1. kat March 28, 2008 at 12:45 am

    i think it might sound a little more poetic than it looks. and it might be a little irritating to be sitting out in the garden in the evening and have little gusts of wind turn the light on and off. but what do i know.

  2. hugo hugo March 27, 2008 at 4:37 am

    Neutral. I like that it draws its power from the wind, but it still is only a (high-tech-ish) decoration with all its production and end-of-live discard wastes. Maybe scale the winder for street illumination purposes. Then I’ll start to like the concept.

    So: neutral…

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  6. M2JL M2JL March 26, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    I like it. I like the fact that it has movement because it adds another dimension to it. Also, it’s a nice way to decorate with lights without using too much energy,

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