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Street lighting is like a silent energy drain that no one pays attention to except when they are not lit. Street lighting costs the United States and other countries billions a year in maintenance, replacement of old bulbs costs and the energy to run them through the night. Without them our streets could become unfriendly and a place where accidents triumph.
The GravityLight was created in an effort to wean Africa and other countries off of the use of unsafe and inefficient fuels like kerosene. In a project that has taken more than 5 years to perfect, this gravity powered light uses plastic gears, a low cost generator and bags for the counter weight. Magically these components all work together to provide a light that operates free of charge.
This 19 year old Kenyan designer new that there was a better alternative than kerosene. In Africa kerosene lamps are still used in many areas and cause great harm to children and adults in rural African villages. Evan Wadongo created the MwangaBora solar lamp as an alternative to the unhealthy and dangerous kerosene lamps.
The Simone Giostra architectural firm and a handful of other gifted individuals have created the world’s first (and largest) Zero Energy Wall that harvests solar energy by day and illuminates the screen at night. This groundbreaking project features one the world’s largest LED displays with an integrated photovoltaic system.
When you think of the Edsion light bulb images of the incandescent light bulb’s round shape may come to mind. When you think of the LED light bulb what do you think of? Probably nothing specific comes to mind since the bulb design is new and there is no defined shape, visions of curly cues and unusual shapes may pop up.