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taking window blinds to the next level

Traditional window blinds are critical in terms of energy efficiency, they keep the heat out of your building by serving as a barrier to the sun’s rays. Blight, an innovative company recently displayed their new illuminating solar blinds concept, which combines flexible solar cells into venetian blinds to collect energy during the day and provide light during night.

Typically blinds have a wide surface area and soak in the sun all day, why not turn the sunlight that hits windows binds into something useful? that’s exactly the problem the company plans to solve with Blight. They’re adding a little bit of technology to an old concept of window blinds to make them more useful in our everyday lives.

How does it do it? Well the solar cells harvest sunlight and turn it into electricity which is stored in a small battery. At night charge is given off the battery into a electroluminescent foil that illuminates the room. Electroluminescent foil is a fabric that provides ultra low energy light sort of a a soft diffused glow when it is combined with a electrical current. I’m not sure how bright the light would be from electroluminescent foil since it only provides a glow. Would it be a practical to light up a room or is it more for show? What do you think about the Blight?

Author: Deep Patel

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