Gallery: WIND-LIT SOLAR LEDs: Powered by the sun, moved by the wind


Imagine your next summer backyard party: the sun has just gone down, the music is playing, and, as the breeze picks up, the lights come on from a string of solar powered, wind-lit LED lights. This innovative design for enchanting outdoor lighting is from Yoshihiro Shimomura, a circuit designer design lecturer at Chiba University in Japan. Shimomura first used battery powered prototypes for his wind-lit creations but has since upgraded to tap into the sun’s energy to light up summer nights.

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  1. franky July 19, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Yes, These lamps are very beautiful!

  2. mskogly January 13, 2009 at 7:31 am

    These lamps are beautiful! I got a big kick in the pants when I saw this post yesterday and decided to try out a few things. I ended up making a tutorial for something similar. I didn’t have the parts for the solar bit, so I had to make it battery powered for now, and had to improvise a bit, but it turned out pretty good I think.

    Check it out at
    And thanks for the tip!

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    Please post the electronic schematics so we can build these at home…

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  7. Malka Meiersdorf April 3, 2008 at 11:48 am

    on the samoe note; an Israeli doctoral Technion student by the name of Yossie Corie, developed a technique of generating electricity using helium filled balloons covered with solar energy cells. One cable will be responsible both for carrying the helium to the balloon from the ground as well as carrying the electricity to the ground from the balloon. The helium balloons could be used to supply electricity remote locations such as ships, jungles, and deserts. to read more and view photos check out:

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