Ikea is known for making furniture that's modern and stylish, without the price tag that typically accompanies such things. The Scandinavian company has made definite strides in supporting sustainable lifestyles as well. It was the first major retailer to ban the use of incandescent bulbs in favor of low energy alternatives, recently unveiled a digital camera made from completely recyclable cardboard and is putting in big solar installations at U.S. stores on a weekly basis it seems.
Now, the company is taking its support for clean energy one step further by launching a new collection of home lighting solutions that are all powered by the sun and wind.
Designed by David Wahl, Ola Wihlborg and Ikea of Sweden, the Solvinden Summer Season collection includes around seven different options for illuminating both indoor and outdoor living spaces. Each item in the collection either uses solar or wind power to generate the electricity necessary to power its LED bulb.
Some of my personal favorites from the collection include the solar-powered, bird-shaped string lights (above) and the colorful solar-wind powered pendant lamp (below). When the bird lights are fully charged, they'll give full light for approximately 12 hours. The pendant lamp takes power both from the sun and the wind, which rotates its colorful panels in a pleasing manner. Recharging the lamp takes about nine hours in full sunlight, or 24 hours with wind only.
With no electricity costs, cables or plugs required, all products are easy to hang in trees, fences, patios or to put into the ground, making them the perfect summer garden accessory. Prices range from $12.99 - $24.99.