Sputnik: The Solar Lamp from Space

Sputnik: The Solar Lamp from Space

Range Govindan
Jul 6, 2009

We know that in the long run, solar powered devices will outlast conventional ones. Along the way, they also have the benefit of saving you some money. Summer is most definitely here, and it's time to find some great lighting solutions for your garden and some of your rooms. The Sputnik lamp is great to have around. It gives off a nice ambiance and a diffuse glow, which will enhance the mood of any party.

We"ve featured a few different solar lamps, but in retrospect they can be quite expensive. This isn't the case for this lamp, which will set you back $16 for each. This enables you to easily get a few to light your garden or rooms. The Sputnik lamp is by IDEA, a Japanese knock-off of IKEA, and is about 12 inches tall. It's self-sufficient since it possesses some integrated sensors to know when to switch on automatically. This makes for no wires and no switches, which simplifies things a lot.

The batteries can be recharged in 2 to 5 hours of sunlight. This will let the lamps operate for 8 hours continuously. Naturally, these lamps are also waterproof, making them perfect to light your garden parties. They come in a variety of colors and their cheap price makes them quite interesting. Unfortunately, they are only available in Japan for now, but it won't take long for them to appear in the States. [via Engadget]

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