Light from a bottle

2014-03-04 12:09
Liter of Light device. (Facebook)

Liter of Light device. (Facebook)

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Cape Town - A huge issue for South Africans living in informal settlements is the lack of electricity. A non profit organisation is changing this problem with one cooldrink bottle at a time.

The non-profit organisation is based in Switzerland and aims to bring cheap forms of lighting to poor communities in South Africa and all over the world.

The Liter of Light Switzerland group has created a straightforward but innovative device that allows people living in informal settlements without electricity to finally get light.

How the device works

A hole is made into the roof of the house. A used plastic bottle is then filled with water and chlorine (to maintain that the water will remain clean).The bottle is then inserted into the hole in the roof, half inside the structure and half outside. According to IOL the bottle retains sunlight and then refracts the light throughout the room.

The team from The Liter of Light have so far fitted the contraption in at least one settlement in Zwelitsha, a location in Franschhoek.

The contraption can substitute a lightbulb that has 55W. Moreover it uses no carbon dioxide, electricity and even in rainy weather it still has the ability to refract light.

The idea was adapted by a Philippines inventor (Illac Diaz) who saw a need for a cheap alternative to electric bulbs in the slums within the Philippines.

Leoni Runge a project leader for the group says this innovative device has the potential to reduce exorbitant electricity prices, reduce the incidents of fires in shack developments and allow people to be entrepreneurs in their communities.

People in the settlements can be taught to make the device and how to fit it and then sell it to their neighbours in their community as a new and more reliable source of income.

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