LightDrops – Rain Powered LED Umbrella

lightdropsAs the days keep getting shorter and weather more moist perhaps the ideal would be an umbrella that lights up.

Better still, how about an umbrella that lights up by the power of rain?

Nah – that could never happen.  Could it?

The answer is yes; thanks to designer Sang-Kyun Park and LightDrops.

The umbrella uses the piezoelectric effect of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) to transform falling rain into electricity, which is then used to light LEDs installed on the umbrella’s underside.

So, the heavier the rain falls the brighter the light shines!

I think the fact that on dark nights it will look like some weird glowing, floating thing is enjoying the rain would be worth the price alone 🙂