Test Tube Light Turns Bottles Into Solar-Powered Lamps [Pics]

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.

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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.

The device has won in design competitions like the 2013 CLIPDC, Lions Den Challenge and the FNB Ideas Can Help competition. It was also shortlisted for the 2014 Lexus Design Award.

Scroll through more images of the Lightie in the gallery below.

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Source: designboom

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