'Invisible Streetlights' Could Provide Energy & Aesthetic Benefits

Solar sculptures light up at night to take the place of energy-intensive streetlights.
August 10, 2008, 9am PDT | franny.ritchie
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A number of cities have started investing in solar-powered streetlights, but Jongoh Lee has proposed a design for streetlights that is solar and also better integrated with street trees.

"Lee has created a concept for solar lights that blend into tree-lined paths and sidewalks. Creating a beautiful, romantic evening setting, the lamps wind around existing branches, collect light during the day, and illuminate walkways at night. Since the lights use the trees as support, they don't need additional poles that would just increase the urban-ness of the scene."

The light design has not yet been implemented, but has won a prestigious IDEA award.

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Published on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 in Ecogeek.org
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