Bright Idea: solar lamp aids developing world

29 : 02 : 2012 NEA : Emerging Economies : Iceland

Iceland – Iceland-based company LittleSun is set to launch The LittleSun Lantern this summer, an affordable solar-powered LED light designed to give cheap light to the 2.5 billion around the world who still live on less than $2 per day.

The lamp has been designed by artist Olafur Eliasson and Danish Industrial designer Frederik Ottesen, and can be hung, attached to the person or used as a desk light. The aim is to help communities in the developing world by eradicating the need for Kerosene gas lanterns – typically used in areas that don’t have electricity and more expensive, less effective and toxic. The LittleSun delivers ten times more light at a tenth of the cost of the most common wick-based lantern.

Light, versatile, sustainable and affordable, the lantern is an example of how intelligent and forward-thinking design can powerfully and positively impact the everyday lives of many.

For more on how counter-intuitive ideas are being adopted in emerging economies, read our Anarconomy Decade macrotrend.

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