It's estimated that around 1.6 billion people around the world are without electricity and still use candlelight or kerosene lamps for lighting instead of light bulbs
. Inventor Stephen Katsaros' latest invention, the Nokero (presumably derived from "no kerosene") solar powered light bulb, should be immensely beneficial for those without electricity.
Roughly a quarter of the world continues to burn fuel for lighting. In some countries kerosene burners use 5% of their yearly income on this dirty, inefficient lighting. Kerosene lamps can even be dangerous, as they create fire and burn risks along with indoor air contamination. The Nokero solar powered light bulbs can provide a safe, sustainable alternative in countries where there is no electrical infrastructure.
The Nokero light bulbs purchased in bulk cost about $6 each, while single-purchase retail versions cost around $15. While both prices are a significant investment in developing countries, the benefits are well worth it. The light bulbs are rain-proof, with impact-resistant plastic and unique computer chips designed to extend battery life. Four solar panels on the body of the bulb transmit electrical charge from sunlight to the battery, which is then able to provide up to four hours of light on a single charge.
A factory in China is ready to make between 600,000 to over one million bulbs per month. The demand is certainly there, as Nokero solar powered light bulbs are already making their way into 33 countries where electricity is scarce. James Marshall, a Liberian living in the US who plans to distribute Nokero light bulbs to his homeland, commented how "this product takes us out of darkness" and "It will change people's lives." It looks like this light bulb is poised to affect some very positive change around the world!