The potential uses of kinetic energy have been under discussion for quite some time now. One area where kinetic energy can be harnessed effectively is in the generation of electricity. A lot of innovative solutions using the same concept have also sprung up of late, creating more interest in further research in the field. For instance, here are some innovative lighting concepts for indoor and outdoor usage that can be powered effectively with kinetic energy.
D’Light is a lighting source that uses kinetic energy for its power. The light takes the form of a lampshade with a flexible honeycomb structure design that makes it transformable into more than 14 shapes. The structure comes with a pivot and handle feature which can be simply rotated in different angles to form diverse shapes, thus creating a different mood for every setting that the homeowner prefers. The direction and intensity of the light from the lamp will also vary depending on the shape you choose. A rotating feature allows the lamp to produce enough kinetic energy to power itself as well.
A partnership between NYC based EnGoPLANET and the City of Las Vegas could very well lead to the development of the world’s first ever installation of kinetic pads placed in front of the street lights in Las Vegas’s famous Boulder Plaza. The kinetic pads will harvest kinetic energy whenever pedestrians step on them and use the same to power the lights. In addition to this, the solar –kinetic street lights will also feature sensors placed on top of the LED light sources as well as sensors to provide light on demand.
Designed for futuristic smart cities, these lights are less carbon intensive and are low on maintenance. They will also come with additional features like water detectors, video surveillance, color changing capabilities, USB ports, WiFi hot spots, wireless charging stations and sensors to monitor traffic and air quality. If things go according to plan, EnGoPLANET will definitely revolutionize the way street lights around the world are illuminated in the near future.
Kinetic Reading Bedside Desk Lamp
This is an amazingly wonderful and creative lighting concept that utilizes the shape of the earth aka the quintessential sphere to provide illumination for your room. The eco-friendly bedside desk lamp features a sphere shaped light which has a dynamo placed inside it. The dynamo is in charge of converting the kinetic energy produced by the lamp into electricity needed by it for operation. How does it harvest kinetic energy you ask?
Well, all you need to do is spin the lamp around the wait for the dynamo to absorb the kinetic energy produced by this spinning motion. This unique method allows you to convert energy and use it right where you are without having to wait for it to be transported from half way around the world. Did we mention that by spinning the lamp, you also get to indulge in some healthy exercises for your hands as well?
The Touchpot is another innovative lighting solution that uses kinetic energy for its operation. It features an artificial plant pot and artificial leaves. These leaves can be moved by the wind or by hand, and can be rotated in any direction that you please. The kinetic energy produced during these movements (when you move the leaves manually or place the pot outdoors to move according to the wind) are harnessed by the pot and converted into electricity energy which is stored in an onboard battery.
When the battery is fully charged, it can power the LED light source that is integrated with the artificial pot. Surplus energy stored in the pot can be used to recharge batteries and other small electronic gadgets like your smartphones, tablets or mp3 players as well.
Kinetic Lighting Concept by KownKinam
This magnificent lighting concept by Kwon Kinam makes use of the laws of magnetic repulsion to harvest kinetic energy which in turn powers the light. It is a known fact that the same poles of a magnet repel each other. The lamp features magnetic leaves on both sides which are fitted with magnets.
A pendulum in between the leaves contains a magnet of the same polarity as the former. When the pendulum nears the leaf, the repulsion action causes it to swing backwards towards the other leaf where the same repulsion action occurs. This results in a constant swinging motion which generates kinetic energy that can be harvested into electricity to power the light.
Kinetic energy can be harnessed from several sources to produce electricity for indoor and outdoor use. These examples are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to using kinetic energy to power lights in cities worldwide.