Bottle Lights: One of the Innovations that could Change the Developing World

Monday, 2 June 2014

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In an article from the website because.bz, an excerpt of which is below, bottle lights are mentioned as one of the top 3 innovations that could change the world! Wow! 

Tired of the constant electricity blackouts– perhaps inspired by them- Brazilian engineer Alfredo Moser came up with a way to illuminate his house during the day using nothing more than plastic bottles filled with water and a tiny bit of bleach.

The ‘bottle light’ is simple and practically cost-free: by putting water and a bit of bleach into an empty bottle that is fixed to the roof, these non-electric lamps emit 40 to 60 watts.

His invention spread through the world within two years, and in 2011 the Philippine organization MyShelter began making the lamps and now runs the “Liter of Light” campaign to bring the mechanic’s idea to people without electricity.

“Using the Philippines as our home base, we want one million bottle lights installed around the world by 2015”, the organization says.

With a quarter of the population living below the poverty line, the innovation has really taken off in the Philippines, as 140,000 homes are now lit with ‘Moser lamps’.

The idea has also is lighting up houses in around 15 other countries, from India to Fiji and could have endless potential to illuminate Africa.

Read the whole article here >>