IKEA Lightens Up 2010 With Summer Solar Lights

Solar summer lighting has arrived in a big, cheap and fashionable way, thanks to international home furnishings giant IKEA. Featuring both practical and decorative outdoor lighting concepts, the 2010 SOLIG line (they had a 2009 line as well last year) slated to hit the shelves within the next couple weeks makes use of a revolutionary concept: no plug.

Featuring solar cells that use sunlight during the day to light your yard at night, each lighting fixture utilizes super-efficient, long-lasting LED bulbs. According to Inhabitat, these bulbs will use 70% less electricity than your average incandescent and lasting four times as long. (Conveniently, they also match all that other oh-so-lovely IKEA stuff you may already have.)

image via Inhabitat

image via Inhabitat

While IKEA may have a less than eco profile overall (they’ve been criticized for the wood-harvesting policies of their suppliers worldwide) this is, clearly, a step in the right direction–and at $9.99 (for a light tube) to $39.99 (for a floor lamp) the SOLIG line promises to bring outdoor solar lighting to the mass market in a big way.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.