First off, I want to introduce myself. I am Wesley, WickedGlitch’s slimmer, sexier, and smarter half. And also stronger, as proven by countless hypothetical arm-wrestling matches.
Second, I’d like to apologize to our readers for my co-writer being a rich, corporate fat-cat type who dropped $54k this week alone on gigantic table-sized iPads for his chateau. The things are huge and tacky, particularly the one in the west-facing salon which completely destroys the flow from the main parlour entrance. In any event, I think you will all find that I am much more in touch with the common man than Ted.
Today’s Awesome Thing™: Ultra-cheap do-it-yourself light tubes. The basic concept of a light tube is to light an indoor space by channeling and diffusing the Sun’s light from outside.
Light tubes have been used throughout history since the invention of translucent glass for prisms, though the most well-known use was the lighting of indoor cabins on ships using glass prisms inserted throughout the deck (called “deck prisms”). The main advantages of a light tube over a skylight are cost, ease-of-installation, and improved insulation.
A charity group in the Phillipines called Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light) is teaching inhabitants of Manila slums how to light their homes using light tubes constructed of nothing more than 2-liter bottles, water, and a small amount of bleach (to keep algae from growing in the bottle).
Each light tube produces the equivalent of a 55-watt incandescent light bulb and will operate for a minimum of 5 years. The group has recently completed a 500-home pilot program with plans to continue raising awareness of this lighting option in low-income areas around the world.