We can’t see the wind, but we know it’s real because we feel it on our skin and see it’s effect on other things, like the leaves of a tree or ocean waves. We know the wind is powerful because we can see it turn the blades of a mighty turbine and drive storms across the sky. Inspired by the wind’s potential, British inventor Tom Lawton created a lamp that could emulate its restless nature while illuminating outdoor recreational areas.
Dubbed the Firewinder, this unique LED lamp requires no power supply or batteries, elegantly transforming winds as low as 3 mph into light, enabling the abundant and free energy in the wind to be seen as an endless upward spiralling helix of light. The faster the wind blows, the brighter the light becomes.
“I have always wanted to design a product which works best when the weather is at its worst,” said Lawton. “While Firewinder has little practical purpose; it serves as a wind-powered beacon, inspiring everyone who experiences it with a beautiful, enchanting glow, which breathes with nature. The ambience you get from the magical effect of windlight has to be experienced to be believed!” Watch it in action below:
While you certainly wouldn’t want to depend on the Firewinder to illuminate your porch or garage, it would make a beautiful addition to your garden, patio, or other outdoor area that’s frequently utilized after dark. It features 14 ultra-bright LED bulbs, a lightweight recyclable ABS modular wing construction, and two brackets for easy wall mounting (it can also be suspended by a rope).
If you’re looking for an easy way to let your family and friends “see” the wind, the Firewinder is a fun device that’s available online from $40.