The Lightie is a solar-powered light bulb that can be attached to the opening of empty soda bottles like a cap.
Developed by Michael Suttner, a South African designer and inventor, the Lightie is a test tube-shaped solar-powered light bulb that can be screwed into an empty soda bottle like a cap.
The Lightie consist of a state-of-the-art flexible solar panel built into a durable acrylic housing, and uses lithium battery technology. Eight hours in the sun can provide over 40 hours of low-setting light. The device is also capable of charging even in rainy or cloudy conditions.
The Lightie can provide 12 times more light than a paraffin light and its battery can last four to five years.
The device is designed to fit into a standard soda bottle – allowing the plastic container to be reused in a safe and efficient way. The device is also designed to be cost-effective, sustainable, and safe to use. It aims to be a safer alternative to the paraffin-based candles lanterns that are mostly used in impoverished communities.
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