Imagine a product that cuts carbon emissions, reduces toxic air quality and provides lighting for developing countries at the fraction of the cost of kerosene lighting. Meet Wakawaka, which means shine bright in Swahili. The new invention, featured on Kickstarter.com, is a solar-powered LED light that inventors hope will change the lives of 1.5 billion people.
According to developers of the Wakawaka, more than 1.6 billion people live in the dark, with kerosene as their only lighting option. Statistics say 11 percent of the world’s population inhale toxic air and kerosene lighting is responsible for 265 million tons of CO2 emissions each year. In addition, children are also susceptible to severe burns from kerosene lighting.
Wakawaka brings together solar power technology that can power a LED light for 16 hours with just one charge. The light is designed to easily sit atop a cola bottle, which also promotes recycling. And inventors hope to be able to produce it for less than $10 in developing countries like Africa and India, the same cost of two or three months worth of toxic lighting fuels.
Along with lighting, the invention can also be used as a solar charger that then can harge the battery of a cell phone. Inventors of the Wakawaka are looking for financial backing on Kickstarter to help produce the product. Limited editions of the product are available for those who make at least a $35 pledge.