Friday, March 27, 2009

(Seriously) Lighten Up.

Dig this—

Two lamp posts in a row. Get it, lamp posts? I kill myself sometimes.

On the serious side, Lou came across a report the other day that I thought I should share. It seems that about 1.6 billion people in this world don’t have access to electricity (tough news for lamp sellers,). Not only that, but using fuel lamps are costing these people like $40 billion a year and dumping 190 million metric tons of carbon dioxide a year.

Several organizations are working on this issue, but one that struck me as pretty hip is Cosmos Ignite Innovations, a spin-off of Stanford University. They are currently in Delhi, India and they have developed a portable, water-proof, solar powered LED lamp they call the MightyLight. LEDs can deliver 100 times more useful light than kerosene and the lamp can run for up to 12 hours on a charge.

MightyLights sell for about $50 and can be purchased here. It seems like most of their sales are to charities and I’m sure they would welcome broader distribution. Lou’s no business tycoon, but it would be cool to see little buy-one-give-one action here. It might be hard to picture me with a Patagonia cocktail shaker, but I’m an avid camper and the MightyLight would be mighty handy in the woods.

These aren’t the only guys out there trying to help out on this issue and if you know another good one, let us know. If you’ve found an easy place to pick one up, drop us a line. If you’ve attached a solar array to your back side so your tiara glows 100 times brighter than kerosene, share it.

Lou is listening.

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