IKEA Solvinden Solar-Powered Table Lamp

IKEA Solvinden Solar-Powered Table Lamp

You’ve heard about how people can use solar energy to power up their homes. You might already be one of the hundreds of thousands of people who’s got solar panels installed on your roof. But do you have the IKEA Solvinden Solar-Powered Table Lamp on your desk?

These table lamps from IKEA come with 3 rechargeable AA batteries that store up energy through the solar panels located at the top of the lamps. On sunny days, you only need to position the lamp strategically by your window for 9-12 hours. When the clouds are out, it will take around 15 hours though.

IKEA Solvinden Solar-Powered Table Lamp

  • Includes 3 rechargeable batteries (AA 1.2V) that stores energy from the sun. The batteries can be replaced and last a minimum of 2 years.
  • Recharging time is 9-12 hours in sunlight, but over 12 hours on a cloudy day.
  • When the battery is fully charged, the product will give shine for approx. 4 hours.
  • Position the solar panel for maximum exposure to sunlight.
  • Built-in LED light bulb.
  • Light color; warm white (3000 Kelvin).
  • Approved for use as outdoor lighting, IP 44.
  • LED life time approx. 20,000 hours.

These IKEA Table Lamps retail for $19.99. Head on over to your local store to get a lamp or two today.

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3 Responses to “IKEA Solvinden Solar-Powered Table Lamp”

  1. DIY Solar Power System Reply May 6, 2011 at 4:00 am

    These are too pretty for words. With Ikea’s name attached I guess they work well. I bought a portable solar light recently but the light it sheds is so weak that it’s worth waiting for morning rather than expecting it to illuminate anything at night.

  2. This is not the first time that IKEA has added solar-powered lamps to its catalogue.

    A few years ago, IKEA had a solar-powered floor-standing lamp that had a white-coloured plastic circular disc on the top that could be tilted to face the sun during the day and then brought indoors to be used as a chair-side lamp. That particular solar lamp was a flop. Did you know why?

    Well, although it had dual light functions(either illuminate from a pull-cord momentary switch on the underside, or the ON/OFF switch located on the underside of the white plastic disc) the led lights encased inside the white plastic disc were so dim that the lamp was basically useless because it could not give out any useful light at all. Plus the supposedly-brighter LED bulb that was controlled by the pull-cord on the underside, used so much battery power that it simply drained all the juice from the built-in batteries in double-quick time, rendering the lamp useless very quickly.

    IKEA later added the SUNNAN range of table lamps, which once again was a flop too. Why? Because the SUNNAN lamp used the same kind of LED bulb that drained batteries in super-quick time, rendering the table lamp as useful as a brick when you need light. What needs to be done is this: IKEA should replace the warm-white LED bulbs that it currently uses in the SUNNAN lamp for LUXEON-type super-white LED bulbs(the kind currenly used in many cheapo 1watt LED torch lights), that can not only be driven by a single AA battery, but is also many times brighter and more energy efficient than the kind of yellowish-light LED bulb currently used in SUNNAN lamps.

    Any gadget that requires an odd number of batteries, such as three AA batteries, is a bad idea, because one battery(out of a pack of four) will almost always be wasted. Please change the electronic circuit design to run on two AA batteries instead. In fact many cheap super-bright LED torch lights nowadays can run on a single AA battery! So don’t tell me it can’t be done.

    I cannot understand why IKEA does not like to use super-white LEDs in its solar lights, preferring instead to use LED bulbs that give out a yellowish-looking light. Warm white light is only nice to look at, but useless when it comes to being practical and giving off the most illumination and brightness. A super-bright white light LED is far more practical and uses even less power than the yellow LEDs that IKEA likes to put in all its current range of solar lights.

  3. These lamps are very beautiful and I would like one very much. Although there are very rare and I cant get my hands on one.

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