Lamp posts that light up the city at night are major power consumers leaving behind a huge carbon footprint. We recently covered a story about Los Angeles municipal authority which, paying heed to the issue, has undertaken a drive to swap power hungry bulbs with environment friendly LED bulbs. You might have even come across street lights powered by a hub of solar panels in your city. The look ugly and the design aren’t efficient either. A Netherland based design house named Kaal Masten has come up with the world’s first stand-alone solar lamp post.
The new solar powered Spiritlighting column has solar panels integrated into the pole and can harvest electricity during the day to light the lamp at night. It can be entirely powered by sunlight and doesn’t need any external power source. The modular streetlamp can be tailor made to suit different needs and can reach up to 18 meters in height. It took three years for the company to develop it and was unveiled recently at the Expo Houten. The first columns will soon be installed on the streets of Eindhoven.
[Via – Inhabitat]