The Ikea solar-powered lamp, called the Sunnan, is small enough to fit comfortably in today’s downsized apartments and attractive enough to put wherever you need light. From designer Nicolas Cortolezzis, the design is based on round pieces of candy (Skittles come instantly to mind). If you put it under a sunny window, its solar panel can soak up sun rays for 9 to 12 hours and provide a three hour lighting time.
Simple, even plain, the Sunnan nonetheless comes in five vibrant colors: Wikipedia blue, Flock green, Technorati red, Campaign Monitor orange, and Firefox yellow. The lamp is sturdy, with a base and shade of ABS (Polycarbonate) plastic, a steel goose neck, an aluminum lamp housing, and a protective acrylic glass cover over the warm white LED light which is warranted to last 20,000 hours or about 2.3 years.
Other nifty features include a removable solar panel so you can charge it outdoors if you don’t have a sunny window and two year lifetime batteries that can easily be replaced. The 7-centimeter (2.75-inch) lamp head gives more than adequate light, and precisely balances on the 13.5-centimeter (5.31-inch) base. The nicest thing is the complete absence of a cord which always manages to trip me or catches on the curtains and pulls the lamp over.