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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Solar Bottle Bulb - Isang Litrong Liwanag - Answer to High Electric Bill and to developing communities

Isang Litrong Liwanag (One Liter of Light) known as Solar Bottle Bulb gave hope to Filipino People especially to those communities in San Pedro, Laguna which became the pilot community of My Shelter Foundation.

My Shelter Foundation was established by Mr. Illac Diaz, a business entrepreneur. According to the Foundation:
" Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light), is a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring the eco-friendly Solar Bottle Bulb to unprivileged communities nationwide. Designed and developed by students from the Mssachessets Institute of Technology (MIT), the Solar Bottle Bulb is based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies - a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities."
The vision of the Foundation is lighting a million homes by 2012 by sponsoring solar bottle or volunteering to assemble and install in the communities. They accept donations and volunteers to help them accomplish their goal.

Advantages of Solar Bottle Light:

  • Inexpensive, made from recyclable material and easy to assemble.
  • Solar bottle light is an alternative source of light, powered by the natural light of the sun.
  • Solar bottle light is a good source of daylight - up to 55 watts.

To those who wanted to have in their home or duplicate it, it is so easy to make. I may say that even the youth  can make it.

Here is how to do it:
  • All you need to do is to fill a 1.5 liter clear soda bottle with purified water
  • Add about 3 tablespoons of liquid bleach (Zonrox will do) then seal the bottle tightly
  • Make a hole in a 1'x1' roof sheet (yero) just exactly to insert the bottle halfway then put rubber sealant around the hole
  • Make a hole in your roof where you want to put the solar bottle bulb, the same size to insert the bottle and fix the device in the hole.
  • Seal the roof with rubber sealant to prevent the rains from getting inside.
And that's it! You have the solar light bulb made of recycle material.

Last April 16, 2011, the Baseco compound in Manila started to use the Solar Light Bulb. Two thousands devices were given. Manila Mayor Lim was hoping that this project will spread throughout the country. He said "if others learned that this project or experiment is successful, they will follow to use it especially to provinces and its barrios. They can utilize thing thing, it is simple to do." While MERALCO Senior President, Alfredo Panlilio commented, "by this technology, communities will not use candle anymore that is usually causing fires, and illegal connection problems will lessen".

The Foundation is touring across the country introducing this BRIGHT idea.

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