Friday, May 8, 2009

Making Light out of Recycled Signage

Character Recycled Letter Lights
First off, I wanted to let you all know that the sale on my sponsor site, CSN Lighting has been extended until May 30th. 10% off anything on the store, just enter in the special code 'TRENDS10' at checkout!


Moving on...I love corporate signage. Driving down a highway at night, I love looking at all the illuminated Billboards. While they may or may not influence me to purchase the products, they are super cool to look at. In Boston we have the famous Citgo sign...in Chicago, where I'm from we have a flashy/animated Budweiser billboard.

Character Recycled Letter LightsCharacter Recycled Letter Lights
Character is a Finnish design company that takes old signage and recycles it, turning them into bright little sculptures. After dismantling the signs, Character cleans up the individual letters, adds a new transformer, eco-friendly LED lights and a power cord and then reassembles them. They are also made weather-proof for outdoor use and have a life span of 30,000 hours (thanks to the newly installed LEDs). They have been tested to meet the European electricity standards. Pretty innovative!

Character Recycled Letter Lights
Designed by Aleksi Hautamäki, they are only available in Finland for the time being. Bummer. The cheapest one I found was a lower case "e" for 120 Euro which is a little over $160. Lights out until next time! - Inspiration & Photos via Yanko Design
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