lightly solar powered clothespins illuminate city streets
lightly solar powered clothespins illuminate city streets
dec 04, 2013

lightly solar powered clothespins illuminate city streets

lightly solar powered clothespins illuminate city streets
all images courtesy of idan noyberg and gal bulka




designers idan noyberg and gal bulka have designed the ‘lightly’ clothespin, a sustainable twist on an everyday item that lights up the cityscape in a sea of vibrant colors. by simply securing the cloth pegs to hanging garments on the street, an internal system autonomously shines at night. each clasp has a small solar panel attached to the top of its clip, which collects sunlight throughout the day. by dusk, a sensor supplies a tiny battery pack with the cue to turn on, automatically illuminating the LEDs in color. the intelligent twist on an ordinary household chore adds a visual contribution to the streetscape while maintaining an environmentally friendly design.



lightly solar powered clothespins illuminate city streets
water proof clips attached to a garment



lightly solar powered clothespins illuminate city streets
by day, the clips charge from power collected from the sun



lightly solar powered clothespins illuminate city streets
lighting up the streets at night with vibrant colors



lightly solar powered clothespins illuminate city streets
the design adds color to the community



lightly solar powered clothespins illuminate city streets
a simple electrical mechanism make up the LED component



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  • What a cleaver and cool item. Oh I forget useful as well
    Is it available commercially? If Yes details pls

    Rank Frank says:
  • Hahaha! It’s been a long time since I last saw such useless but expensive crap!

    alecs says:
  • where can i buy the lightly solar clips Thanks

    roberto macdonald says:
  • Those are so cute! Love that. Not sure what makes them “sustainable” though. Sounds like someone just threw in the word for the heck of it – “greenwashing” to sell a product. Clothespins were already sustainable, using wood. Using plastic and solder and circuitry makes them quite the opposite, if you think about it.

    That said, the whimsy of lighting up something just for the fun of it is really great! It would be fun to see a narrow Italian street criss-crossed with clothes lines all lit up with these. 🙂

    Zann says:
  • Not for desperate housewifes 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Olivera says:
  • Who leaves their laundry hanging out at night? Only those who forget or who want damp laundry in the morning.

    maine mom says:
  • Are these solar clips available for sale? I really want to buy some!

    Vicki says:
  • lovely concept – even if greenwashing – would these be available (as above) or perhaps the airbrushes images are of prototype pegs?

    mpathesii says:
  • Love the creativity!
    Word of caution, if you’re call in life is design and new “things”, make sure your creations support life on this planet in the long run. Use recycled materials and make sure batteries, Solar and other components are easy to separate and recycle. Otherwise our “cool” new stuff quickly turns into old stuff that kills life. We have plenty of that.

    carl says:

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