Funny how life could be a result of coincidences. Just the other day I was talking to someone about the possibility of channelling the abundant sunlight we have and use them to light up tunnels and viaducts, which could result in immense monetary savings and also reduces the carbon footprint of our transportation infrastructure. A week on, we received this exciting hat tip that a San Diego company, Think Tekk, is actually embarking on this sustainable lighting solution. Their product, called Light Bandit, works by gathering the natural sunlight and channels them through an optical fiber ready for your use. So why bother to channel the sunlight when it is in fact day time? Well, unless your home is super tiny and has windows all round, those natural daylight will be limited to the peripheral of the home which means you will need artificial lighting even during the day. This will obviously add to your utility and bump up your carbon footprint.
What Think Tekk proposed is to take advantage of what the sun has to offer and diverts it into the darker interior and in the process, trims your electricity consumption. Naturally, cutting electricity will also grant you good eco karma. Light Bandit consists of two major components: a sunlight collector that is more complex than it appears to be and an optical fiber to will deliver the natural light, minus the harmful infrared, up to 30 feet into the apartment or house. The box houses an array of movable mirrors, which is controlled by low-cost motors, aided by light sensor and motor controller. The mirror array will track sunlight cast on it throughout the day, thereby ensuring the device gets the most out of the sunlight.
In conjunction with the Light Bandit, Think Tekk has also developed a series of light fixtures, allowing the new found light to be used as area light, task light, plant and aquarium lighting, and decorative light. Needless to say, this solution is not foolproof. During days of bad weather, you will be getting less light which means flipping the switches would be inevitable, but for those months when the sun is hard at work, you get the rip the benefits of cost saving and do your part in saving the environment.
Our personal wish is to one day see an invention that could enable us to store the light and also a device that could ‘amplify’ low light so every lighted moment, gloomy or not, can be translated to usable light. However, until then, Light Bandit is your only hope of getting natural sunlight into the deeper end of your home. If you’re enamored by the concept, you can back Light Bandit on Kickstarter and cross your fingers that the campaign can reach its rather lofty goal of $200K in the next 22 days or so. There are a huge selection of perks available, but the basic package, which consists of the Light Bandit, a 15-ft optical fiber, a 5-ft neon fiber and a 1-ft light rod will run you back at $289. Keep going for a product video to learn more.
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