A fairly new invention has been lighting up the world and it has nothing to do with Thomas Edison and everything to do with the Sun. In fact sunshine in a bottle is changing the lives of millions all over the planet. Back in 2002, Alfredo Moser, who was a mechanic in Brazil, had a truly light-bulb flash and came up with the idea of lighting his home throughout the day without any electricity. He did this by using only plastic bottles which were filled with water and a small amount of bleach.
Even though it has been over a decade since he invented the sunshine lights, it has only been in the past two years that his novelty has really started to gain notice and spread all over the world. Now it is believed it will be in over one million homes by sometime this year. Well how exactly does this work? A man bottling sunshine? Moser explains that what he is doing is basic sunlight refraction as he fills an empty plastic two liter bottle. It seems it is also good for recycling plastics bottles.
So sunshine in a bottle is real and it is actually changing the lives of millions of people. Moser states yes and begins to explain the process in more detail. He says to add two capfuls of bleach in order to protect the water so it does not turn green from any algae. A person needs to make sure that the bottle is very clean. The cleaner it is the better. Moser then wraps his face in a cloth and he makes a hole in one of his roof tiles with a drill. He next proceeds from the bottom up to push the bottle into the freshly made hole. Moser adds that the bottle is fixed in with polyester resin so that even when the rains come, the roof does not leak, not even one small drop.
The stimulus for the “Moser lamp” came to him when Brazil was going through one of its numerous electricity blackouts. He explained that the only areas which had energy were the place of work, no homes.
He stated that he had an electrical engineer come and measure the light wattage. He was told that it literally depends on how strong the sun is each day but the watts vary between 40 to 60. Moser also earns a few bucks by installing them but it is clear from his modest home and his early 1970’s automobile that his light invention has not made him anything close to wealthy. What it has given him is an abundant sense of pride.
Moser received the bottles from the recycling plant, so he does not have put out any energy, money or time to gather, search or have to buy bottles. His lamps also do not emit CO2.
In the Philippines, where one fourth of the entire population is below the poverty line, and electricity is too expensive for most individuals, the idea has exploded, with Moser lamps now in over 145,000 houses. It has also taken off in nearly 20 other countries, ranging from Bangladesh and India to Argentina and Fiji. So in fact sunshine in a bottle has been changing the lives of millions all over the planet.
By Kimberly Ruble