Light Trees Get The Eco Party Going

Quick-growing bamboo + super efficient LED lights = The Light Trees. These very cool lighting installations are as fun to watch as they are easy on the environment (and may be coming soon to a party near you).

These unique, sculptural lighting devices are constructed of large, free-standing segments of bamboo, which in turn support smaller segments of bamboo bound together to form geometric scaffolding. Sprouting from each of these “branches” is a leaf-shaped translucent casing lit up by a single LED light. All of these lights are networked via a central controller, which allows them to move at different speeds and rhythms and in different patterns–the perfect thing for a really big party, such as the Burning Man festival in Nevada, where they’ve appeared for the past two years.

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image via The Light Trees

Each individual LED light can be controlled individually, allowing for a boggling number of color and patterns changes. The entire system is designed to operate reliably outdoors under a variety of environmental conditions (rain, sun, etc.)

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image via The Light Trees

I Green Spot reports that The Light Trees were created by electronics engineer Bill Watson and will be featured at the upcoming Lighting In Bottle festival in Silverado, California.

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.