Solar Clothespins Light Up Urban Nights

Designers Idan Noyberg and Gal Bulka came up with a way to make doing laundry festive – and it doesn’t use any electricity. Solar powered clothespins emit soft romantic colored lights at night,using the power they grabbed from the sun during the day. There’s an LED light, a night sensor, a battery pack and two solar panels on each clothespin. The solar technology today is so advanced and so affordable. Can you imagine if a whole neighborhood got together and bought a couple of case lots? What a charming way that would be to illuminate the streets.


The scene above looks right out of a movie – we expect a guy in a t-shirt to lean out of one of those windows and start singing any minute. And sure, it’s great at Christmas but it’s a lovely idea year round. Why limit the romance and magic to one season? You can have that magic all year long with a basket of freshly washed laundry and some solar clothespins. How’s that for irony? Truth is, you can always use the clothespins on their own, strung on the line or on the balcony, in between loads. And you’ll always know where to find them (even at night).


Written by Beverley Wood

Beverley Wood has lived on boats in Toronto and Vancouver and in an old hacienda in Mexico. She knows funky when she sees it. She's been writing since she was old enough to pick up a pen and has never shied away from the unusual or the whimsical. Her love of the unique (and sometimes bizarre) led her to Captivatist.