For many people, one of the biggest questions after the holidays — other than what to do with those not-what-you-asked-Santa-for gifts you received from misguided but well-meaning relatives — is what to do with all those empty bottles accumulated during their visit. The USB LED Bottle Lamp by Satechi ($29.99) could be the answer to at least one of those questions.
This environmentally friendly conversion kit gives those empty glass bottles a second life, and you can change out bottles to suit your mood or to showcase a bottle saved from a special occasion. The frosted white shade is designed to complement virtually any décor and work with any bottle style or configuration. (Our favorite? The lamp made from an empty Crystal Head vodka skull bottle.)
But the green mind-set doesn’t end with putting those bottles to work. The kit uses green LED technology that provides 50,000 hours of light while consuming a mere 1.2 watts. That also means it contains zero mercury and uses less power than incandescent and fluorescent lamps.
When users talk about this lamp being “cool,” they may or may not be talking about its versatile styling. In addition to being extremely lightweight, it’s designed to remain cool to the touch so it can be moved as needed and used to provide light where you need it most.
There are a couple of things missing — but that’s all part of the lamp’s design. For starters, there’s no electric plug; instead, it’s powered by a standard USB port. And don’t look for an on/off switch, either, since this one is powered simply by touching a silver disc at the top of the lamp. If you buy one for a gift, better grab an extra, because you know you’re going to want to keep this once you get your hands on it.
See the lamp in action below: