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Litte Sun: Sustainable solar light

The Little Sun project is an exciting solar powered light designed by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. A friend of mine has just returned from London and has brought back a Little Sun, and I am using it all the time. Basically, it is an inexpensive light, that takes five hours to charge in the sunlight and is extremely bright. Because I live in the countryside, and experience frequent blackouts, this little light can be a lifesaver.

Eliasson is well known for his giant sun installation “The Weather Project” in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern in 2003, which consisted of a giant amber light resembling the sun, which fills the hall with a yellow ambient glow, amplified and obscured by the addition of a fine mist that roams around the exhibition space. Because of the success of this project, it is fitting that the Tate Modern is distributing this smaller scale Little Sun project.

The goal of this project is to bring light into communities around the world who have little to no electricity. Because this is a sustainable power source, lighting up one’s house can be done off of the grid.

The small plastic light is affordable, and is available through the Tate Modern’s gift shop for 16.50 British pounds. By purchasing the light at this price, it allows the cost to be lowered in countries that need light, so you are supporting a good cause, as well as getting a fun art piece at the same time!

Check out the Tate Modern’s shop as well as the official Little Sun project website for more information.

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  1. Akanksha
    Cool..I wish I could run my entire house on solar electricity! Btw, who is the little girl in the picture?
    1. kristo
      I wish I could run my house on solar energy too! I have a solar charger, and charge my electronics with the sun! it's amazing, and I recommend them! The picture is from the product website. I hope that the girl in the photo was able to keep those lights, and no just pose with them!
  2. BuddhasDelight
    very cool! thanks for link... i love sun energy and hope it keeps growing in popularity. voted.
  3. Anita Vegana
    I voted and shared this on Facebook. I think it is definitely a good cause and a very interesting green project that could become much more important in the near future - considering the need to find alternative energy sources very soon.
  4. SnakeWitch
    Cool! These would be a great way to start promoting energy alternatives! Good post! Voted! Let me know what you think of this: Tradition or Brutal Murder: the Controversial Seal Hunt.
  5. Veganara
    Voted. Great blog, great idea! Just imagine, I am English, and had no idea about this - I will have to get along to the Tate Modern gift shop and buy one of these! they should certainly help me save electricity at home. You might be interested in my latest blog, A Cathartic Story, which is a historical one, please check that out, when you have time.
  6. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    Heyyy...this is really coollll.....wud luv to have it..Wot exactly is its price? Voted!
    1. kristo
      Thanks! the price is 16.50 British Pounds. You can order one from the link provided in the article :)
  7. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    Plz go through my latest 'From Chicken to Chunks, Soy Chunks!' ....jus go thru it n vote if u like, sharin it further...hope you'll find it interesting! Thanks! :)
  8. Roopam
    Yes, there are a lot of communities in the world where there are long power outages and solar power is a great option. Hope these options reach those who need it. Voted for this post!
  9. Veganara
    I am very tempted to get one, just a bit concerned about how I would charge it up. You say it needs about 5 hours sunlight to charge? I'll probably have to leave it out in the garden for about a year before I can use it then, LOL!
    1. SnakeWitch
      Right. Same thing if I ever move back to Vancouver... But wind power in Van would be very, very lucrative!
  10. JustVegan
    Great post. voted


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