Bringing Cheaper, Safer Lights to Those Without
CREDIT: Off-Grid Solutions
Getting lighting to people without electricity can be a challenge. In many developing nations the thing to do is use kerosene, a century-old technology that presents hazards such as fire and toxic fumes. One idea to solve this problem is the Wakawaka lamp, which runs on solar power and is designed to be cheap and easy to place in a typical home with no grid power.
Developed as a Kickstarter project by Off-Grid Solutions, a Dutch start-up. It’s already passed it’s $30,000 goal for pledges, so the project will be officially funded on Jan. 7. The lamp is not only a set of LEDs powered by solar-charged batteries, but also designed to be easily hung, or even mounted on a soda bottle.
It’s similar to another idea, the LuminAID, which is also designed to offer cheaper (and safer) lighting to people in poorer areas. That’s no bad thing. If many such solutions are available then there’s that much more chance one of them will take off.
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