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

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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:

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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:

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

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Thanks, Inhabitat!