Now that Spring has finally arrived in Blighty, it’s time to reach for all things solar and of those, Little Sun is my favourite.
At its most basic level, Little Sun is a brilliant, little solar-powered lamp with two settings and a cutesy name. But it is so much more than that. It’s a project aimed at bringing light to those without electricity and an income to some of those who need it the most.
Little sun is a portable solar lamp, originally developed to bring a source of light to people in Ethiopia, many of whom do not have access to electricity. It was designed and developed by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen and launched at The Tate Modern in 2012. Over half a million Little Suns have been sold since then.
The lamp stores electricity incredibly well, five hours of charging in the sun produces 50 hours of soft light or 40 hours of bright light. (If you charge it in cloudy weather it will take a little longer).
Little Suns are priced higher in regions of the world with access to electricity, so if you buy one in Europe or the US, you are making one available at a locally affordable price for somebody without energy access. But not only that, you support local entrepreneurs and communities in regions with limited access to energy, and you also get a brilliant and reliable product.
There is nothing not to love.