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Bottle Light Inventor Lives a Frugal Life

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The Brazilian mechanic that came up with a way to light homes across the world has not gotten rich from his invention.

The Brazilian mechanic that came up with a way to light homes across the world has not gotten rich from his invention.
In 2002, Alfredo Moser thought of a way to make a light with a used plastic bottle filled with water and a few drops of bleach.

Since then, his idea has been working as a cheap or free way to provide indoor lighting during the day in some of the world’s poorest areas.

Moser does get paid to install the lights in some homes, but there will reportedly be one million Moser lights in buildings around the world.

The executive director of the MyShelter Foundation in the Philippines is quoted as saying: “Starting out in 2011 with one bottle and one beneficiary, right now we’re 140,000 homes in the Philippines. Whether or not Moser gets the Nobel Prize, we want him to know that there are a great number of people who admire what he is doing.”

The light works by refracting light from the sun through the plastic and water, and the bleach makes sure algae doesn’t grow inside the bottle.