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Date: 08/07/11 09:02 AM

51 Responses to Using Water Bottles to Illuminate Homes

  1. Profile photo of bliznik
    bliznik Male 30-39
    716 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 8:39 am
    Link: Using Water Bottles to Illuminate Homes - How come nobody`s thought of this before?
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    Vligon Male 18-29
    594 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 9:14 am
  3. Profile photo of Draculya
    Draculya Male 40-49
    14455 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 9:18 am
    But I live in a condo.
  4. Profile photo of PacoP42
    PacoP42 Male 13-17
    1064 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 9:34 am
    takes an hour to build? why so slow?
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    MrHoobToYou Male 40-49
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    August 7, 2011 at 9:35 am
    I tried this, but I live in a basement and all I could see was a distorted view of the inside of my mothers nightgown.
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    Boredered Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2011 at 9:36 am
    People in africa are dying from thirst.
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    NNoamfer Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2011 at 9:37 am
    He seems so proud of himself.
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    Lazerian Male 18-29
    10 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 9:45 am
    Redneck skylight- lol
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    Mweebles Female 18-29
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    August 7, 2011 at 9:52 am
    Filipinos can be very MacGyver-ish. :-D
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    August 7, 2011 at 10:11 am
    Wonderful, simple and effective way to enhance many peoples lives. He should be proud!
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    puppies04 Male 18-29
    686 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 10:17 am
    THIS IS AMAZING!!!11!! I just ripped all the bulbs out of my house and replaced them with plastic bottles sticking through the roof. 1 question though, how do you get them to come on an night cus i keep walking into the wall by accident.
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    DrAtlas Male 18-29
    17 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 10:32 am
    "People in africa are dying from thirst."

    The Filipinos took the awesome MIT idea and worked hard to get it to work and improve their lives.

    The Africans take whatever aid they get and generally drat it up and proceed to shoot each other.

    I`d rather see the Filipinos use this water as lighting than see Africans given the same (minuscule) amount of water required for this lighting.
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    TheBuzzer Male 18-29
    472 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 10:51 am
    i guess this is cheaper than windows for them.
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    diylobotomy Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2011 at 10:59 am
    Sooo... at night its still dark.
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    Klamz Male 18-29
    689 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 11:07 am
    I stopped watching when she said "Algee"
  16. Profile photo of SilverThread
    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    August 7, 2011 at 11:21 am
    Your dark filthy hovel is now a bright filthy hovel.
  17. Profile photo of Revolutioniz
    Revolutioniz Male 18-29
    911 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 11:27 am
    Ok ill say this cause apparently people on this site dont know how to listen to the video they post comments about. right at the end, the narrator said

    "for residents it means less money to be spent on electricity during the day" as is these bottles are day time energy savers.

    at 2:42 there is clearly a television in the background, they obviously use electricity.
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    Gortrok Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2011 at 11:35 am
    @SilverThread: You go live in their country and see how well you can do, douchebag.
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    kissmybim Male 40-49
    439 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 11:56 am
    im going to mount these babies on my headlights.
  20. Profile photo of Lloydrage
    Lloydrage Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm
    so what about night time? that`s kind of when I use lights?
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    Kimiki83 Female 18-29
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    August 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm
    are people in america getting more ignorant as the years go by? I say that in response to Klamz and SilverThread. Algae is pronounced "al-gee" in Europe and the the fact that the Filipino people have survived for many years, the ones in the squatters, by doing the best they can and living off little land they can claim is probably more real to life than how we live in both of you can kiss a pile of ploppers. grow up and think before you speak...

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    CoyoteKing Male 18-29
    2988 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm
    smart stuff
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    muhtalikuh Male 18-29
    241 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm
    Next level light emitting apparatus.

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    Ston Male 30-39
    198 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm
    @Lloydrage: if you looked at those rooms - shacks, really - there`s no windows. The only light source is the open door, and perhaps not even then, depending on which way the entrance faces. Every wall is essentially the wall of a neighbor. This lets them save money on electricity during the day, and spend it on food, which was mentioned. You`ll still use electricity at night, but you`re generally asleep most of that time, so the money spent on electricity for lights is probably cut in at least 50%.
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    ashland Male 18-29
    13 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm
    wheres the light switch?!
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm
    What a clever idea.
  27. Profile photo of I-See-U
    I-See-U Male 18-29
    354 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm
    brilliant! too bad the invention came 100 years after electricity.
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    kairobert Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm
    "brilliant! too bad the invention came 100 years after electricity."

    Also after the invention of plastics and mass produced glass.
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    ryan99 Male 13-17
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    August 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm
    Lol @ I-See-U, no kidding. I feel like this should have been the first step EVER in harvesting light :P

    Still though, this is very cool, very efficient.
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    darkmagic14n Male 18-29
    1625 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm
    the bleach is kind of useless (prevent algae). without a stabilizer of some sort, the bleach will be broken down from the sunlight (quite quickly I might add). even with a stabilizer, you`re looking at a week tops for a 10% solution of bleach.

    think of it as a swimming pool where the bleach = chlorine. you don`t add chlorine once every 6 months, if you did that, you would have a swamp in your yard after not even a month.

    and the light would disperse even better if they had some sediment in the bottle (like some salt; yes the bleach adds some salt to the water (sodium hypochlorite)
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    demonveteran Male 18-29
    238 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm
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    typ3 Male 18-29
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    August 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    you would be right if the top wasn`t closed so no gasses can come out. The bleach/clorine dissepates from pools water in gas form. So in the case of these bottles it won`t be that big a problem, because just small amounts of gas can get trough plastic at a time.
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    shredder89 Male 18-29
    6 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm
    wouldn´t it be easier to give them freaking light bulbs? if the problem is not having enough energy, this isn´t the solution... 20 to 60 watts and lasts 5 five years. It´s cheaper to buy a low consumption 20w lamp that lasts longer...
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    Dethy84 Male 18-29
    2 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm
    i got an idea forget the bleach water, what about plastic roofs?
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    tryit0nce Female 18-29
    101 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm
    @shredder... really? Reaaalllyyy???
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    jinxiejae Female 30-39
    2928 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 8:26 pm
    i wonder if the liter bottles would be to heavy?
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    number43 Male 70 & Over
    759 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 8:40 pm
    Where did they get the bottles, you may ask. The answer...wait for it... Those are the plastic bottles you thought you were recycling, which were actually shipped off to third world countries and dumped into their land fills!
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    Errand_boy Male 30-39
    621 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm
    Now you`re going to get wet when you hit it with your Wii remote. Is that a good trade off.

    No, really, thats an awesome idea, track lighting will spruce up any drab room.

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    MightyPeanut Male 30-39
    411 posts
    August 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm
    Pee in the bottle for ambiance..
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    andybme Male 50-59
    296 posts
    August 8, 2011 at 5:54 am
    So they installed skylights, good idea.
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    Thetas Male 18-29
    1540 posts
    August 8, 2011 at 9:16 am
    It`s awesome, because it lights up the inside of a building... During the day... When it`s bright outside... You know... When it`s not night... When is when you really need light... Everyone following?
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    Quackor Male 18-29
    2856 posts
    August 8, 2011 at 9:51 am
    maybe no one thought of it because smart people dont live in a dump?
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14194 posts
    August 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    REALLY!! So those machines I`ve been putting my soda bottles into magically put them back together after they`ve been shredded to bits??
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    fukko Male 18-29
    27 posts
    August 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm
    I thought of it but then i told myself this idea is garbage...

    ... Get it?
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    phoenix6 Female 18-29
    407 posts
    August 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm
    @Thetas: One of the families they spoke to had 8 kids or so. Clearly, they don`t use much light at night anyway.
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    slut_etta Female 50-59
    3677 posts
    August 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm
    this was done in clipper ships using glass prisms 200+ years ago
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    thehitcher Male 18-29
    237 posts
    August 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm
    this was also used in basements of businesses in seattle with the glass prisms
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    x13purplesta Female 30-39
    235 posts
    August 8, 2011 at 9:01 pm
    I can`t imagine living in the dark all day long and I guess I never thought anyone was. Kudos to the people making this happen.
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    last_metroid Female 18-29
    87 posts
    August 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm
    That`s amazing, good for them! :)
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    sugarfreee Female 18-29
    173 posts
    August 12, 2011 at 1:58 am
    how would you turn off the light?
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25350 posts
    August 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm
    I saw these in there 3 days ago and wondered wat was goin on. O Manila is awesome

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