Tim Hornyak over at C|NET wrote about Nokero’s N100 Solar LED Light Bulb in a recent article and I was impressed by the technology – if it works as Nokero describes. Essentially, Nokero is targeting the developing world – offering them a relatively inexpensive device that charges during the day using the sun and then runs at night. Ideally, the Nokero will replace the use of kerosene and other fuel sources for lighting. This has a number of benefits:
- Reduced cost – the Nokero should pay for itself within a few months time as it doesn’t have the ongoing costs associated with kerosene, etc.
- Reduced risk – the Nokero will serve as a safer and more stable light source, less likely to explode or catch fire.
- Reduced pollution – especially indoors, this will result in better health for those in developing countries due to less smoke and chemical inhalation.
The technology is still infantile – a day’s charge is expected to provide two hours of sunlight – with the device holding perhaps four hours total. That said, it may be enough to at least supplement kerosene and other light sources – and if one has two of them, one could use one after the other to provide lighting for four to eight hours.