Sphelar Power

Crafted for Lexus: Sphelar Power torch

Crafted for Lexus is an exclusive curation of contemporary lifestyle products available at Intersect stores and other Lexus outlets worldwide. The items are produced in collaboration with traditional artisans and emerging designers, with the expressed aim of delivering fresh interpretations on classic products, in harmony with the Lexus spirit of craftsmanship.

In this series we focus on individual products within the Crafted for Lexus collection, continuing with…

Crafted for Lexus: Sphelar Power solar torch

The Sphelar Power torch represents a new concept in solar-powered flashlights. In fact, the unique design of the product’s solar cell means it is not immediately obvious that the torch is even charged by solar energy.

The key to its functionality is the employment of an omnidirectional solar cell. This world-first technology was originated and developed by Sphelar Power and consists of hundreds of tiny spherical cells neatly arranged in a grid pattern to capture rays of light from all angles.

The concept originated from the realisation that light does not naturally fall in a uniform manner; rather, it is reflected and dispersed through 360 degrees. So as the Japanese company’s engineers pondered on the way to make the most effective use of ambient light, the idea of a spherical solar cell took shape. And the flexibility of such a multi-element design means it can be moulded around tightly curved surfaces, even integrated into glass.

In order to develop this technology into a practical consumer product, Sphelar Power joined forces with Japanese creative design studio Graf. Together, they engineered a baton-style torch that combines a transparent cylinder containing the innovative solar cell with a stylish and rugged aluminium body in a choice of four anodised colours. The torch culminates in a powerful, natural white LED that produces 500 lux at a distance of one metre and will illuminate for four hours on a full charge.

The torch is supplied with a specially embossed wooden docking stand for efficient omnidirectional charging, and is finished with a strap crafted by the traditional leather craftspeople at Brooklyn Museum, a fellow Crafted by Lexus contributor.

Colours available: silver, navy, green, copper

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Look out for the next post in our examination of the Crafted for Lexus collection, which will focus on One Kiln’s coffee set.

 

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