This year's International Consumer Electronics Show was not all about high-tech netbooks and TVs, but also about innovative green gadgets, such as the miniWiz Solarbulb, a solar powered outdoor lamp with a very attractive design and environmentally-friendly features.
The Solarbulb is a brilliant solution that provides light while making use of old plastic bottles. Simply attach it to any ordinary bottle and the 0.18 W solar cells will provide up to six hours of continuous night lighting.
The SolarBulb installs in a snap by screwing onto any bottle, and the LED light illuminates when its sensor automatically detects the darkness. The top half of the Solarbulb can be tilted in order to collect maximum sunlight, and it is fully charged in three to four hours. The lamp’s casing is UV-ABS weatherproofed and water resistant, and you can fill the bottle up with water to further amplify the light and weigh it down for windy locations.
With this lamp, you get highly appealing lighting for the outdoor space around your home and you get to recycle plastic water and soft drink bottles, at the same time. And what's great about the Solarbulb is that, unlike other eco products, it looks great to begin with.
The bulbs, which are not yet for sale, are expected to cost anywhere from $23-25 each and will be available with one or two LED bulbs in a variety of colors (gray, white, red, blue, green, yellow, orange, etc.). These cute little lights would be really attractive on a porch or garden at night and are probably a better solution than tiki torches or those funny rechargeable candles available at various online retailers.
According to the manufacturer, the Solarbulb should become available in February 2009, so you'll just have to be a little bit more patient in order to get your hands on it.
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