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Morten rigged up an LED lantern for his yard that turns on with a breeze –
I read about a lovely project yesterday on Inhabitat, where a team of Japanese guys and girls created some lovely solarpowered lights. When hung in trees, these lights only came on if there was wind (and dark enough I suppose).
I didnâ€™t have what I needed to make a solar powered version, but I did make one powered by a button cell battery instead.
My version is very bare bones and not as techy and beautiful as the â€œoriginalâ€œ, but it works, and is hanging in my garden right now, blinking away happily.
Nice and simple – and hey, achieving functionality is first priority. Aesthetics can always be considered after you’ve got an idea up and running. Check the site for the step-by-step – Creating a flickrering garden lantern triggered by the wind
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Thanks for linking to my little project, makes me super proud! I wish I had put some more energy into the estetics of it, making something a little more in the line with the japanese original, that uses wax for the housing. I have about a kilo of beeswax that would have made a beautiful housing, but no point encasing a prototype in wax, makes it kind of hard to get at things later :)
I also want to make a version that is solar powered, but the sad thing about living in the middle part of Norway is that there is VERY little daylight during winter. I tested with a cheap garden solar light today, but could barely get a charge.
Another idea I’ve toyed with is adding a little amp + speaker, plus using a small solar cell to sense light from the blinking light, generating sound. Multi media tree lantern :)
very cool – always happy to report on cool ideas and work!
The Multi media tree lantern sounds like a must-make, share pics if/when you do.
Sorry to hear of your current lack of rays. If you get to hanging the led inside the jar, a lining of yellow paper/etc may simulate a bit of sunshine – ok, a very tiny bit, but the symbolisms still there ;)
The thing I love about this project is that it doesn’t depend on too much on complex and expensive components. The japanese version is much more complex, with charging circuitry and a custom PCB.
This version is nice and simple: it’s a glorified LED throwie. And the wind-triggered switch extends the battery life. I like this combination a lot. It could scale up to a neat display without an artist’s grant…
Casting in wax is a cool idea. Cheap, waterproof, easy.
Remix ideas :
– Cheapest solar charging possible
– Make the hanger/spring mechanism easy to reproduce, eg a simple spring made from wrapped steel wire. Someone clever could probably figure out a way to build in a battery holder here too.
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