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Olympics Launches Little Sun Lamps

Chris Hurcombe
by Chris Hurcombe July 26, 2012
Little Sun Lamps

Today Little Sun Lamps See Initial Launch At London Olympics, Could Bring Light To Millions Without Electricity.

Artist Olafur Eliasson has designed the “Little Sun” lamp, which is a solar lamp that will launch at the Olympics Festival, giving light to millions of folks in parts of the world who have no electricity.  Eliasson is most known for his 2003 giant sun art installation in the Tate Modern gallery in London. This time, the artists is providing gallery visitors “little suns” that may be used as torches during the blacked out surrealist gallery tour.

Every Saturday night from July 28th to September the 23rd, Tate Blackouts will be held to give visitors a chance to see the art in a new “light” while giving them lessons about solar power’s potential while also raising funds to sell the lamps throughout the world.

Eliasson said Little Sun is an exclusive enterprise between a business project looking to share solar light with millions of folks in the world and an art gallery. He said Little Sun is in response to a situation people face today – a world that faces a depletion of natural resources.

Little Sun Lamps

He said a shortage of energy and an imbalanced energy distribution have made it necessary to look again at the functioning of how life-sustaining systems work. With Little Sun, he said, it’s a wedge that opens the discussion through the art perspective.

  • There are roughly 1.6 billion people on the planet without any access to electricity.
  • An alternative to kerosene lamps, the solar lamps will sell for $10 throughout the world.
  • A 12-year old student doing his homework at night must breathe in the pollution of the kerosene lamp, which is equal to smoking about 40 cigarettes every day.

The goal is to sell about 500,000 lamps next year and, by 2020, sell 50 million by allowing emerging world entrepreneurs to distribute the lamps. The company is focusing on areas where electricity is not as accessible and to help small companies turn a profit.

In conjunction with engineer Frederik Ottesen, the lamps are designed to last at least three years and nearly 20 years with battery replacement. The plastic lights can be turned into lamps that allow students to do their homework at night, illuminate the room for cooking and so much more.

Little Sun Design

Ottesen said the floral design is designed, not just to look good, but to attach to anything and allow air to circulate so the plastic stays cool.

He said the design was also giving people something pretty. Poor folks should also have something that’s both functional and pretty, Ottensen said.

You can learn more about Little Suns, including how to buy and sell them, by checking out there great website and videos at: 

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