The $1 solar light is the innovation the world NEEDS right now

It’s a dark, dark world out there so it’s reassuring to know that there are still people willing to put the work in and make a difference. Today’s inspiring story comes from Liter of Light, a project that transforms thrown-away plastic bottles into basic solar-powered lamps for third world villages.

As The Guardian reports, Liter of Light’s Pankaj Dixit has been working in Bangalore, bringing light to the dark corners of southeast India. “Some of the children had never seen [artificial] light in their lives. They said we had added four hours to their lives every day.”

More than 1.5 billion people worldwide deal with the dangers of either living in pitch darkness or inhaling the toxic fumes that diffuse from the commonly used kerosene lamps. Liter of Light is using their affordable and innovative solar lighting systems to illuminate slums, rural areas and refugee camps in underprivileged areas.

The solar powered lights are currently keeping spirits and rooms alight in 20 countries and 650,000 homes.

The construction of the daytime light involves a plastic bottle, water and a small amount of bleach to stop algae growing. The bottles are fixed where they can refract sunlight. The night lights are LEDs wired to mini solar panels inside the protective casing of the bottle. Three to four hours of sunlight will charge the LED enough to last all night.

Check out Liter of Light’s instructional video below and visit their website