The Solar Light: A life-saving device that generates electricity
In some countries such as Malawi and Zambia, people who live in rural areas don’t have access to electricity. Their homes are lit by homemade kerosene (also known as paraffin) lamps that are often made from things like old food tins.
These home-made lamps can be quite costly for families who are living on a small income but most importantly, the lamps can be very dangerous. The burning kerosene can put out toxic fumes and the lamps can be accidentally knocked over, causing fires that burn extremely quickly, killing entire families.
Designer Henry James and his company InventID knew that they had to help come up with a solution to this problem. A solar light seemed to be the answer but it had to be cheap, hardworking and functional.
Watch Henry talk about the design story behind the solar light that saves lives.