Using Water Bottles to Illuminate Homes

Submitted by: bliznik 5 years ago Science

How come nobody"s thought of this before?
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Male 25,416
I saw these in there 3 days ago and wondered wat was goin on. O Manila is awesome
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Female 173
how would you turn off the light?
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Female 87
That`s amazing, good for them! :)
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Female 235
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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Male 237
this was also used in basements of businesses in seattle with the glass prisms
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Female 4,086
this was done in clipper ships using glass prisms 200+ years ago
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Female 407
@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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Male 27
I thought of it but then i told myself this idea is garbage...


... Get it?
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Male 14,330
@number43

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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Male 2,855
maybe no one thought of it because smart people dont live in a dump?
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Male 1,540
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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Male 296
So they installed skylights, good idea.
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Male 411
Pee in the bottle for ambiance..
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Male 621
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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Male 759
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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Female 2,927
i wonder if the liter bottles would be to heavy?
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Female 101
@shredder... really? Reaaalllyyy???
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Male 2
i got an idea forget the bleach water, what about plastic roofs?
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Male 6
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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Male 18
@darkmagic14n

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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Male 238
awesome!
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Male 1,625
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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Male 2,344
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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Male 1,623
"brilliant! too bad the invention came 100 years after electricity."

Also after the invention of plastics and mass produced glass.
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Male 354
brilliant! too bad the invention came 100 years after electricity.
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Male 2,422
What a clever idea.
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Male 13
wheres the light switch?!
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Male 198
@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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Male 241
Next level light emitting apparatus.

Smart.
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Male 2,988
smart stuff
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Female 28
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 America...so both of you can kiss a pile of ploppers. grow up and think before you speak...



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Male 41
so what about night time? that`s kind of when I use lights?
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Male 439
im going to mount these babies on my headlights.
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Male 772
@SilverThread: You go live in their country and see how well you can do, douchebag.
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Male 911
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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Male 3,431
Your dark filthy hovel is now a bright filthy hovel.
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Male 688
I stopped watching when she said "Algee"
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Male 1,832
Sooo... at night its still dark.
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Male 472
i guess this is cheaper than windows for them.
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Male 17
"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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Male 686
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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Female 7,832
Wonderful, simple and effective way to enhance many peoples lives. He should be proud!
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Female 1,652
Filipinos can be very MacGyver-ish. :-D
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Male 10
Redneck skylight- lol
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Male 1,216
He seems so proud of himself.
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Male 2,506
People in africa are dying from thirst.
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Male 405
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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Male 1,064
takes an hour to build? why so slow?
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Male 14,773
But I live in a condo.
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Male 594
Smart.
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Male 1,288
Link: Using Water Bottles to Illuminate Homes [Rate Link] - How come nobody`s thought of this before?
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