Thursday, March 27, 2014

Recycled Plastic Bottle Light

For some people having light is a simple luxury, especially in the more underdeveloped regions of the globe. Although there are many alternatives to producing light they are still too expensive for the impoverished. Using just a recycled plastic bottle and an acrylic test tube like solar panel LIGHTIE has the answer to shedding the very light that is needed in these people’s lives. 

Lightie is a sustainable, safe and affordable new source of lighting which due to its robust engineering can generate over 40 hours of lighting when exposed for 8 hours in the sun, although it is still able to charge under rainy and cloudy conditions. This compact solar panel offers the user with three different intensities to choose from, the lowest producing 40 hours of light. It is able to produce 12x more light than that of a paraffin lantern. The light relies on Lithium battery technology, and the battery has a life of up to 5 years.

Michael Suttner who is the designer of Lightie, as well as simply coming up with this pioneering light product, he also provided a solution to waste problems by taking advantage of used plastic bottles. The solar powered light has been designed in such a way so that it is able to fit in all soda bottle necks since the majority of soda bottles have the same neck dimensions. 

Lightie is another fine example of keeping it simple and affordable. Despite resolving the inadequacy of light for many developing countries, this can be adopted by all of us, both helping to save money and reduce the carbon footprint.


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