By: Rita Heck
Little Sun, a 4-3/4 inch diameter portable solar-powered LED lamp with a hanging strap developed by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederick Ottesen, brings affordable light to remote countries not on the grid and to others who are just interested in free energy. Little Sun, is ideal for in-bed reading or room mood lighting. On a larger scale, several of them can be hung to light up a room at night, allowing countries without electricity to keep businesses open after dark and provide reliable after dark lighting for homes so that children can study and household chores can be done after dark.
Little Sun is a social business and global projected founded by Erliasson and Ottesen to the 1.1 billion people living without electricity in off-grid countries. Available in non-grid areas worldwide at reduced, locally affordable prices where they provide a clean alternative to toxic and expensive fuel-based lighting. Since being launched in 2012 at London’s Tate Modern, more than 350,000 Little Suns have been distributed around the world including areas that have had no light after dark without the danger of emitting toxic smoke or fossil energy fumes.
A global project connecting the world through sharing light, Little Sun has presented its message at various art institutes and world sustainable exhibits including Tate Modern, London, COP Climate Change Conffernce, Doha, Qatar, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, Art Basel Lmiami Beach and the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, among others.
Five hours in sunlight produces 10 hours of 8lm soft light or 4lm bright light. Three AAA batteries are also required. In March, Eliasson and Ottesen will introduce Little Sun Charge, allowing small battery operated devices to be charged anywhere with the solar powered gadget.
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Photo Courtesy of Imagine Burundi