The Little Sun is a high quality, low cost solar-powered lamp to get clean, reliable, affordable light to the 1.6 billion people or 20% of the world’s population without access to electricity. It is designed by artist Olafur Eliasson and produced by scientist and social entrepreneur Dr. Irene Lee.
Fuel-based lighting such as lanterns is everywhere but it is an expensive and unhealthy light source. Little Sun is much cheaper: over the course of three years, Little Sun’s innovative and energy efficient design will save users 90% of what they would spend on fuel-based lighting. Switching to Little Sun solar-powered light means no more money spent monthly on lighting fuel.
Little Sun is not only more affordable; it’s healthier and safer too. Emissions from fuel-based lighting have significant toxic effects. An evening of inhaling the emissions of a wick-based kerosene lamp is equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes. The open flames of lanterns and candles are also dangerous fire hazards. By contrast, the light from Little Sun is clean, sustainable and safe. And with Little Sun, users enjoy a quality of light that is 10 times stronger and better than fuel-based lighting.