Lights Lead The Way

The simply named Road Lights is a system of wind generated lane lights powered by the wind of vehicles whizzing by. You’ve all felt it before, that wall of air as a car passes by. Why waste it? The energy captured by the system illuminates a series of pegs 50-100 meters in front of you to lead the way. Eco-friendly (yes I’m still using that phrase) and a perfect opportunity for a really creative car commercial.


Designers: Sungi Kim & Hozin Song

Our Lights Eco-friendly Road Light for the Countryside by Sungi Kim & Hozin Song

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70 Comments

  • Matt says:

    This is less eco-friendly and less practical than the current reflectors on road markers

  • AlienzExist says:

    Eco-Friendly? something so complicated just to line the roads so car can mow them down? How long before they all break? Wind harnessing technology should be used in remote places, or at least off the road a little.

  • Tony says:

    Why is it that designers dont ever think of cost or anything else? Why do they design for themselves as a mental exercise?

    Lets see; cities, states and countries are cutting costs. Hmmmm.

    Per Unit Cost: $135 US (taking a guess)
    Install Unit Cost: $215
    Units Per Mile: 40
    Total Cost: $14,000 per mile

    Current Avg cost of standard road reflectors: $5000

    So, which one is going to get done? Silly designer design something that you can actually see being made, sold, used and replaced. Otherwise its fantasy.

  • Confucius says:

    And it looks like a tampon.

  • lou ziffer says:

    “wireless data link sensors” hahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahaha … chears mate, you made my day! is it the same pathetic thinker who sends out all the crapprojects you publish here or is there several people with this iq level on our planet? thanks for the humor anyway!
    see you (i guess),
    lou ziffer

  • AlienzExist says:

    The chances of these spinning from WIND alone are next to zero. The “blades” are laughingly minuscule, and would never gather enough wind for this thing to know which way to spin. I can see the wind just blowing right around it. Obviously there was no attempt to prove the design through mock ups, which would have made it clear that you cannot harness wind from this shape. Have you heard of piezo-electric crystals? They get energy from vibration, have you considered other technologies? Wind from passing cars is not enough and the force behind that wind falls off exponentially with distance. Its not like “real” wind which is backed by climate differences and weather patterns. ALSO, Centimeters exist so we dont have to label everything in millimeters. Example, I wouldnt say “one thousand mm” when I can say “one hundered cm.” Ugh.

  • 7immy says:

    I like the idea not as lights but just to generate energy. stick them on barriers on motorways or something. i can imagine the cars whizzing past turning these things. don’t know if it would really work in real life though.

  • andrea says:

    It might be impractical, it might even be useless, BUT its an idea. We need people that think beyond the usual borders. If someone hadn't thought and tried out a wing attached to their airs and failed, we might never have had planes. Sure it is eco-friendly, NOT, (carbon footprint to produce) but its a NEW idea. Its called brainstorming people, and just like all the expert opinions posted, every one can now post their ideas all over the internet, good or bad.

    Better to have new ideas that fail, than to jump on the bandwagon like everyone else (battery cars). Thats not new or innovative, its old technology reworked. (Wonder where we get all the material to make the batteries, how much land do we mine just to get lithium and what do we do with all the old batteries). ITS OK ITS ECOFRIENDLY, in the local area you drive in, just screwed up some other area. Re-charging the batteries, where the hell does all the electricity come from, dammed rivers, coal plants….

  • andrea says:

    It might be impractical, it might even be useless, BUT its an idea. We need people that think beyond the usual borders. If someone hadn't thought and tried out a wing attached to their airs and failed, we might never have had planes. Sure it is eco-friendly, NOT, (carbon footprint to produce) but its a NEW idea. Its called brainstorming people, and just like all the expert opinions posted, every one can now post their ideas all over the internet, good or bad.

    Better to have new ideas that fail, than to jump on the bandwagon like everyone else (battery cars). Thats not new or innovative, its old technology reworked. (Wonder where we get all the material to make the batteries, how much land do we mine just to get lithium and what do we do with all the old batteries). ITS OK ITS ECOFRIENDLY, in the local area you drive in, just screwed up some other area. Re-charging the batteries, where the hell does all the electricity come from, dammed rivers, coal plants….

  • keVIN says:

    Good one dude, it’s good to see someone at least appreciates new thought unlike the rest of these jerks who just want to do everything in their power to attempt to make other people who are just trying to get new ideas out feel as shitty as their lives actually are.

  • keVIN says:

    Good one dude, it’s good to see someone at least appreciates new thought unlike the rest of these jerks who just want to do everything in their power to attempt to make other people who are just trying to get new ideas out feel as shitty as their lives actually are.

  • kwhine says:

    the windmill … a new idea … right!

  • Boss says:

    I would steal them and put them in my yard to power my own shit

  • bbcarmi says:

    I can see where this could go into areas that have dangerous curves. Not for the entire length of the highway. Placed sporadically across the interstates would keep drivers interested and alert where stretches of highway invoke hypnosis.

    Germany has been using passive, reflective plastic poles like this for decades. After driving there for three years, I really grew to appreciate them.

  • bbcarmi says:

    I can see where this could go into areas that have dangerous curves. Not for the entire length of the highway. Placed sporadically across the interstates would keep drivers interested and alert where stretches of highway invoke hypnosis.

    Germany has been using passive, reflective plastic poles like this for decades. After driving there for three years, I really grew to appreciate them.

  • scarabeetle101 says:

    It's so pretty, it might just work.

  • scarabeetle101 says:

    It's so pretty, it might just work.

  • Blopp says:

    Well if you think about the wind it will work. For instance you should know that cars as they speed creates vortex(rotating air currents). So it should work by physics alone. Although the design is poorly made if it is a self “recharging” :/ light. Imagine this between roads in a turnpike, passing cars from both directions will create bigger vortex and most likely turning that “thing”. For a simple light not really, if it where many of these powering or saving energy for other uses then yes… my 2 cents…

  • dan says:

    what about motorbikes? not everyone drives a car
    them things would make a right mess of any motorcyclist that hit them

  • Ugh. says:

    (Most) Engineers don’t use centimetres. Or centilitres.

    Ugh.

  • Ugh. says:

    (Most) Engineers don’t use centimetres. Or centilitres.

    Ugh.

  • 42 says:

    Share the problematics! They must be expensive and they often get hit by cars or get damaged thru vandalism… But great design!

  • shit idea.... again says:

    Ok, i don’t know how everyone hasn’t noticed the obvious main flaw here, the wind gets generated after the car passes, so unless there is a car in front of you your screwed lol

  • Harmon says:

    They would store energy so after the first car they would generate enough power to be stored until it needs to be used is the basis of the design. You are pretty shitty at thinking things through….

  • anaon says:

    …you all are extremely cruel. It’s an idea. Leave creative and courteous criticism and move on. Not “Holy shit you douchebag this is retarded herrr de dur.”

  • Ben says:

    I think this could be a great idea as a source of wind energy and scrap the light. Have them all tied together and create power. Put them along major highways with lots of traffic and you could put the power into the grid.

  • Neerav says:

    Considering that most cars have relatively aerodynamic profiles these days, wouldn’t the set up and maintenance cost of this project be far more compared to the energy generated because of the very little wind force that is obtained from just cars.

    I suppose it would be better to install it along rail routes.

  • funkies says:

    the best hv ever seen u cld also get a lot of gadgets including learning hw to make money on facebook

  • Hans Wurst says:

    Or you just do like the Europeans do and put reflectors up, to, you know, reflect the light from your headlights, that otherwise would go wasted off the side of the road. Makes it easy to have different colors on different sides of the road as well. Not much fun for a designer, of course.

  • Vivek says:

    Nice concept.

  • Bahn Revlnyev says:

    Guys, the comments are a bit harsh, why not cokment on what they can improve rather than actuallh saying how lame designers are.

    Designer, you could make it out of unused plastic, maybe place the generator underneath the road, so that if the car hits it, the generator isnt damaged plus the cost of making it would be really cheap. On the other hand the reflector must be bigger so that it is more visible for the drivers.

  • Than says:

    What happens if there is traffic on the road and cars aren’t speeding past?

  • randomreader says:

    A motorcyclist that strays off the road would hit anything and gets a mess made out of him/her anyway. What’s your point?

  • randomreader says:

    You are the one who isn’t noticing the fact that there is a wireless link between these gadgets, so when a car passes, the gadgets standing close to the car send a signal to the gadgets further away to light up in anticipation.
    How do you feel having spoken earlier than you should have.

  • randomreader says:

    Reflectors? They don’t light up the roads. They reflect the light. These lights are not meant to replace the reflectors. They are meant to light up the side of the roads so you can see other things in the dark. You can’t use the reflectors to see other things.

  • Night Thief says:

    Considering they are stealing cable for the copper, imagine how quickly these would get jacked

  • efranco says:

    More wireless bullshit in the air. Just make it so you have to be 15 to have a cell phone. the girls that have a cell phone in elementary school make it horrible.

  • road safety is ok. but can this thing work throughout the year?

  • josh says:

    I wouldn’t say 100 cm I would say 1 meter

  • Craig says:

    Interesting concept but agree with the comment about it having to be on a road where traffic is pretty much flowing all the time

  • industrial designer #1 says:

    yes but those don’t actually light up the way unless you’re really close

  • taz says:

    pretty awesome..! i like it

  • Jimmy C says:

    Why can’t you people ever have any tact when you see a design you don’t like. If there’s a problem, you say so, and you do it politely. If not, then you should just leave.

  • name says:

    Guess who is going to steal the wireless cards out of them and sell them 😀

  • c says:

    What will happen on a very windy day?

  • steve says:

    This is a good concep in the direction we need to be exploring.. it relays your presence to forward lights recharges when you drive by..bwould like to crunch the numbers for feasibility though

  • Markm says:

    The do in sll countries in the world except a few lazy-ass ones who have not converted!

  • DTB says:

    who says “cheers mate” and can’t spell it correctly?

  • babs says:

    I find it sad that the first reaction to this is “it can’t be done.” That kills innovation.

    I think it’s an interesting concept that should continue to be explored rather than dismissed because it isn’t immediately feasible.

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