Ikea’s NEW Solar Lighting – I Hope It’s Better Than Their OLD Solar Lighting

This last week, home and Swedish meatball store Ikea launched some new solar products for the new year.  Meet the new Solig line of Ikea lighting – there is a table lamp, a floor lamp, this crazy light tube thing, and some garden-ball-esque lights for your – whatever:


You know, a long time ago (the summer before last) I bought one of Ikea’s Solig table lamp bubble things with big hopes in mind – it was solar, battery power storage, auto-light-sensing, and it came apart very easily.  However, after about two weeks of use, it epic failed and stopped holding a charge.  I think it was ten bucks, which isn’t a fortune, but for something that is in the sustainable category it was a major, major disappointment.

I hope this stuff is better.  After all, Ikea gear is designed by people who are told to design something for a pricepoint of manufacture, not for any goal of sustainability or lasting.  Have you ever tried to fix or repair something Ikea that broke?

Here’s a pic of my old Solig lamp – the base and the half-globe together, and then a detail shot of the LED cluster and PV panel:



Below are pictures of the new line – I just hope they’re more reliable than the old line.





Thanks, Inhabitat!

Crazy Six-Armed DIY Ikea Hack Lamp

ikea hack lamp

I just saw a wacky sci-fi robot-esque six-armed light monster of a lamp at the Apartment Therapy Unplugged blog – the creator used an Ikea Blanda metal bowl, six Tertial arm desk lamps, some wiring harnesses and some rigging, and made a big room light.  I read some of the comments on this project, and the general consensus was “blech!  this thing is a monstrosity!“  I have to disagree.  If “steampunk” can be popular, then there is certainly a large percentage of the population who would love this project.

My wife and I have hacked Ikea furniture to fit our needs – I highly recommend it!  Props to the creator of this project, I think it is extremely cool.

ikea hack lamp

ikea hack lamp

DIY LED Table Ikea Hack

An Ikea hack, now with arduino!

I read about this hack on the Apartment Therapy Unplugged website – it’s an Ikea Granas table with 81 ShiftBrite RGB LED modules under the glass in a matrix.  An arduino chip controls the LEDs and outputs a hue-saturation-value and RGB sine wave.  The project as a whole costs about $350, but what a project!

Here’s the original article – the parts links are above.

RGB LED table

RGB LED table

ikea granas


Ikea’s SUNNAN Solar Desklamp


During my recent trip to Seattle with my wife, we felt like stopping into Ikea to see what the buzz was all about with their new line of solar powered lighting fixtures.  I have a post about another fixture with some video, but I want to post a few pictures of their Sunnan solar powered desklamp.

The Sunnan fixture comes in five colors, and runs $19.99.  Ikea’s designer for the Sunnan fixture was Nicolas Cortolezzis.  From the product page, the lamp runs about 400-500 lux when fully charged, and drops to about 300 lux after 3-4 hours.  It is of course LED sourced, at about 50,000 hours.

Here’s the images I took at the Seattle Ikea store:




IKEA Does Solar!


For those of you who haven’t been to an Ikea in your lives, and whether or not you like their goods, the store is an experience.  Rows after rows of goods, from furniture to cutlery to window dressings to the marvelous lamp section.  Something that Ikea shoppers will be seeing in their local Ikea store soon will be the solar powered fixtures!

So now Ikea does solar.  I found several blogs that were touting images of Ikea’s new solar stuffs, and I have posted them below.  There are several, so the post is long!  A search query on Ikea’s website for “solar” gives you a big list – check it out!







Thanks NotCot and Inhabitat!