Sunshine in a jar to light up SA

2012-10-27 00:00

WITH electricity tariffs set to double over the next five years, and many South African homes not yet connected to the grid, wouldn’t it be great to easily harness sunshine for lighting?

Glass manufacturer Consol has launched a product that bottles sunshine — LED lights in an ordinary glass jar, powered by batteries that are charged by a tiny solar panel on the lid.

The Consol Solar Jar light was developed by Ockert van Heerden in conjunction with Suntoy.

The lights, which cost R120 each, are only available in Johannesburg and Stellenbosch at present, but could soon be more widely distributed.

Consol spokesperson, Eileen Ashton said the price goes down for orders of 50 or more, and companies are encouraged to buy them for staff.

The lights are bright enough for children to do their homework by, and much safer than the paraffin lamps and candles that still light many South African homes. A fully charged battery will run the light for six hours.

The light was recently named best South African product in the Fair Lady magazine consumer awards.

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