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Solar Lamps to Replace Kerosene Counterparts

Denver-based startup Nokero recently debuted a solar-powered lightbulb. Each five-inch solar lightbulb contains five LEDs, and four small solar panels made of single crystalline cells embedded in the plastic casing.

With a claimed lifespan of 50,000 to 100,000 hours, the lightbulb itself is weather-proof and designed for outdoor use. It also has a mechanism that switches on the lamp whenever it is placed in a dark area. Power is stored in replaceable nickel metal hydride batteries produced by the company. These recyclable components are rated to last for two to three years.

The market: disadvantaged people who currently rely on kerosene lamps. Nokero says that kerosene lamps are an inefficient and potentially dangerous source of lighting, not to mention a potential health hazard as well. The company will sell its product as an alternative for communities of 1.6 billion people with no access to electricity.

  • chickenhoagie
    pretty nifty, but obvious idea. Just wish this worked for indoor lights as well.
  • FilthPig2004
    I don't see how this can succeed. Kerosene is widely used as a cooking fuel also, so it's not going to be replaced by this as a power source. These 1.6 billion people who don't have access to electricity, probably also don't have access to recycling these batteries are going to end up in a dump after 3 years, leaching heavy metals into the water supply? Or is Nokero going to ship them to recycling facilities for free? Using what kind of transportation fuel, and over what distance (Hong Kong and Sudan are pretty far apart)? What is the embodied energy of this product? Too bad that information is missing from their website. They do have some interesting information there though: fuel lanterns emit 190 million tons of carbon dioxide per year...not very much in the grand scheme of things.
  • time2think
    Don't they already have solar powered yard lamps?
  • weirdguy99
    I've had these lighting up the footsteps to my house for about 4 years now. They also turn on automatically when its dark and stick into the grass around the path..old news.
  • hardcore_gamer
    nuthin new
  • blasterth
    I bought lamps like that more than 5 years ago, they work fine, but can't sniff the kerosene anymore ;; .
  • archange
    Yupp, nothing new, but still...
  • DjEaZy
    ... how much??
  • bv90andy
    blast from the past
  • fishyfish
    Wow, that's exactly like garden lamps I bought in B&Q about 10 years ago for £12.99 each. Amazing breakthrough and triumph of modern technology!