Solar Light Idea Makes For Happy Plants

Very cool? Check. Slightly high maintenance? Check. But if you’d like to have houseplants in sun-challenged areas of your house–or want a way to boost the amount of sunlight available to your certain plants in particular–this may be the concept design for you.

The Solight  by designer Lee Ju Won (which comes to us via Yanko Design) attaches easily to any window surface, thanks to its suction-cup “foot.” From there, integrated solar panels will suck up the goodness of the sun and convert it to electricity, where it’s stored in a battery. Move the Solight to wherever your plant-in-need-of-light may be, and switch it on. Using red and green LED bulbs to maximize crop growth and inhibit insects, the Sollight will help to make sure your little green friend will stay happy.

Solight

image via Yanko Design

While this concept design makes sense, maybe, for folks with small apartments–and particularly for those with apartments surrounded by tall buildings, where access to sunlight is limited–as a way to maximize limited resources, moving this thing around at different times of the day still seems like a lot of work. (Then again, for the people who actually remember to fertilize their potted plants every two weeks, maybe not.)

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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.

    • One thing I don’t get (though this is REALLY COOL) is how come a plant being so close to the window would need a solar light? Can you make it move so that the solar light would reach a plant, say, on the other side of the room? Or, is this to make sure the solar cell charges the light for extra “sun” for the plant at night or when it is cloudy? I’m not trying to be negative, just curious.