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Lento – the smoke alarm that looks great and saves lives too


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We all know what smoke alarms look like – those round ugly devices that we stick up high on a wall or ceiling. Now Finnish designer Paola Suhonen has added some whimsy to this lifesaving tool.

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Lento from Jalo Helsinki, is a photovoltaic smoke detector that resembles an attractive insect or art deco and features cutting-edge technology. Its entire surface acts as as a test button, so there are no push buttons. Also the external casing acts as a “press switch” to silence false alarms and test its performance.

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Installation is a snap. No need for screws – it uses 3M tape instead so it only takes seconds to install. The Lento is available ion 5 colors and uses lithium-ion batteries that last five years. It’s not yet available in the U.S. but you can order it online for €23.92. Who wouldn’t want something fun like this hanging around! Definitely a conversation starter!

Debra Atlas is a freelance environmental writer and eco-enthusiast based in Northern California, and is the Red Ferret’s Ecological Editor. Debra looks for the upside of eco-change – what’s positive, making a difference. She hunts down those interesting things cooked up by creative minds, especially if they’re strange and eccentric.

Debra Atlas – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.



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