Street lights are set to become part of the clean green movement, with sustainable lighting solutions already being incorporated into some cities around the world. Check out the latest eco friendly street light concepts that may one day be lighting up a pavement near you.
U.S industrial designer Edan Kurzweil has come up with an ingenious 2-in-1 solar powered lighting design. Not only does The Night Owl act as a street light it also doubles as a parking metre. The design incorporates clusters of LED lights that use solar powered batteries to charge them. Additional solar energy gathered by the lights can be used to boost a city’s main grid and are energy efficient for winter.
Providing a solution for sustainable highway lighting is the US-based TAK Studio who has designed this clever turbine lighting concept. The light draws on air turbulence from passing traffic which is converted into electric energy and produces illumination to keep highways well-lit. Cities that are naturally windy would benefit even more from this type of lighting.
This street light is innovative, not because it’s solar powered but because it thinks outside the box when it comes to where street lights can be placed. Designed by Johgoh Lee the Invisible Streetlight works in a similar way as a leaf undergoing photosynthesis. Comprising a branch with a series of ‘light leaves’ it collects energy during the day via a photo capacitor on the top of the leaf and emits light from LED modules on the underside at night. The branch is flexible and can be assimilated into existing shrubbery and trees.
Beaches are often the last places to benefit from street lighting and at night can become unsafe places to hang out. This is exactly the case in Columbia which has difficulty sourcing electricity from the grid to keep its coastal areas well lit. They’ve come up with the idea of The Flow, a lighting concept that utilises a biodegradable bamboo wind turbine to power up LED lights. The strength of the light and its position depends on the force of the wind to rotate the blades.
An eco friendly street light has to be effective and also aesthetically pleasing. Like this hybrid wind and solar powered street light by New York-based company Urban Green Energy which looks more like a work of art than a lighting device. Operating completely off grid, the wind turbine and solar panel combination generates a maximum of 380 watts of power in optimum conditions and can store energy as well.