Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel well known for creative solar innovations has come up with Sunne, a solar-powered ambient lamp for indoors. The lamp harvests energy from the sun during the day illuminates the space by night. It is designed to mimic sunlight and not look like standard solar light.
Equipped with photovoltaic cells and an integrated battery, Sunne is an autonomous lamp that generates and stores energy for its own use. Users need to hang it in front of the window and it will harvest energy from the sun and store it in the integrated battery that can run it for up to 14 hours. It looks like an oblong panel designed to hang on a window with a provided metal wire and a simple hanging system.
When it gets darker in the evening, the lamp will start to glow, like the Sun. It has three settings that imitate all the natural moments of the sun; Sunne Rise, Sunne Set, and Sunne Light. With Sunne Light and Sunne Rise, it offers 135 Lux at 1.5 meters while it offers 35 Lux at 1.5 meters in the Sunne Set profile.
Sunne’s modern solar design combines art, sustainability, and technology to create an indoor light that is autonomous and elegant enough for modern home settings. Marjan van Aubel has developed discreet solar panels for the lamp in collaboration with Dutch energy research center ECN.TNO.
Looking into the fact that solar energy is the most widely available energy source on Earth, she had the inclination to create solar-powered solutions that will blend into modern architecture seamlessly. A mobile app is in development that will allow users to keep an eye on energy storage, usage, and other factors.
The first series of Sunne lamps on pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign. You can pledge €750 ($890) to get one delivered to you in August 2021. The lamps are made in a range of finishes including rose-gold, black or silver.