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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Alfredo Moser: Bottle light inventor proud to be poor

THIS ITEM BY GIBBY ZOBEL OF THE BBC WORLD SERVICE WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED BY THE BBC NEWS MAGAZINE HERE 

Alfredo Moser: Bottle light inventor proud to be poor


Alfredo in his workshop
Alfredo Moser's invention is lighting up the world. In 2002, the Brazilian mechanic had a light-bulb moment and came up with a way of illuminating his house during the day without electricity - using nothing more than plastic bottles filled with water and a tiny bit of bleach.
In the last two years his innovation has spread throughout the world. It is expected to be in one million homes by early next year.
So how does it work? Simple refraction of sunlight, explains Moser, as he fills an empty two-litre plastic bottle.
"Add two capfuls of bleach to protect the water so it doesn't turn green [with algae]. The cleaner the bottle, the better," he adds.
Wrapping his face in a cloth he makes a hole in a roof tile with a drill. Then, from the bottom upwards, he pushes the bottle into the newly-made hole.
"You fix the bottle in with polyester resin. Even when it rains, the roof never leaks - not one drop."
Moser's lamps - as seen from aboveThe lamps work best with a black cap - a film case can also be used

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Bright Ideas On Choosing Light Bulbs


This post by the Sustainability Team at the Kendall-Jackson Vinyard Estates was originally published on their blog and can be found here.


Whether you’re an experienced energy hawk or a first-timer trying to cut your utility bill, chances are there’s something new to learn about light bulbs. Take a walk down the lighting aisle at the store and you can quickly see that there are more light bulb choices than there are toothpastes. So how do you figure it all out?

OK, let’s get start narrowing down our choices so we know what to look for when we get to the store. The right bulb is the one that has the brightness, color and cost that you want. Make a note of what brightness and color you’re looking for from the guide below and bring it to the store next time – they’ll show the price choices that meet your needs.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Outdoor Lighting Takes Your Party From Drab to Fab


Outdoor Lanterns from Pottery Barn
BY AMANDA ASH, POSTMEDIA NEWS

The night can be dark and dull unless, of course, you have some great lights to string about.

Over the past few years, indoor decor has made its way outdoors with more people designing and furnishing their yards as they would a living room or bedroom. Because of this, lighting is becoming a key component in defining outdoor living spaces, says Pottery Barn spokeswoman Kendra Stewart.
“I think people are using outdoor lighting to create a warm and inviting atmosphere beyond just wanting to illuminate a space so you can see at night,” she says.