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    If you're an electronics expert, maybe you can help with the design of the solar lamp (link below). Don't look at me, I got only a C in electronics design.
    http://www.ledsafari.com/
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    We were talking about Energy saving and the effects of energy waste due to unwealthy families in APES(Environmental Science).I can't design anything beyond simple legos but this looks interesting.
    "Kahahaha! Let's get lunatic!"-Add LP
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Cerealman View Post
      We were talking about Energy saving and the effects of energy waste due to unwealthy families in APES(Environmental Science).I can't design anything beyond simple legos but this looks interesting.
      Combine the solar lamps in a Logo motif....
      "Neighbor, how long has it been since youve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Truthseeker View Post
        If you're an electronics expert, maybe you can help with the design of the solar lamp (link below). Don't look at me, I got only a C in electronics design.
        http://www.ledsafari.com/
        Does the thread title imply that you're poor? I mean sub-Sahara African poor.

        K54

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        • #5
          You can buy solar powered landscape LED lights at home depot for $3 each. the ones in the link say it costs them $10 to make.

          http://www.homedepot.com/p/Hampton-B...00AS/203483386

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Sparko View Post
            You can buy solar powered landscape LED lights at home depot for $3 each. the ones in the link say it costs them $10 to make.

            http://www.homedepot.com/p/Hampton-B...00AS/203483386

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            Often at Big Lots for $1.99, or CASES of 12 for what equates to about $1.50 each.
            "Neighbor, how long has it been since youve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post


              Often at Big Lots for $1.99, or CASES of 12 for what equates to about $1.50 each.
              Which means it probably costs less than $1 to make them.

              Sure training villagers to make them might help them create a business and make some money, but apparently the company that is doing this is charging too much for the components such as the batteries, lights, and solar cells. If it "costs" $10 to build a lamp from their components and plastic bottles, when you can buy them for $1.50 completely assembled and made out of good quality materials, someone seems out to be making a profit off of the poor people.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Sparko View Post
                Which means it probably costs less than $1 to make them.

                Sure training villagers to make them might help them create a business and make some money, but apparently the company that is doing this is charging too much for the components such as the batteries, lights, and solar cells. If it "costs" $10 to build a lamp from their components and plastic bottles, when you can buy them for $1.50 completely assembled and made out of good quality materials, someone seems out to be making a profit off of the poor people.
                I am shocked. SHOCKED, I say! (and not by one of those solar lights, either!)

                My experience with these cheap little solar lights is that they soon "wear down" to either not working at all, or coming on dimly for a few hours in the evening. A neighbor had attached one to every fence post for over a mile, and at FIRST it looked impressive.... now it looks quite "hit and miss" and dismal.
                "Neighbor, how long has it been since youve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                  I am shocked. SHOCKED, I say! (and not by one of those solar lights, either!)

                  My experience with these cheap little solar lights is that they soon "wear down" to either not working at all, or coming on dimly for a few hours in the evening. A neighbor had attached one to every fence post for over a mile, and at FIRST it looked impressive.... now it looks quite "hit and miss" and dismal.
                  The ones I got lasted 2 years before doing that. The LEDsafari do-it-yourself ones say it will last 1+ years so I don't see that much difference. Usually it's the cold weather that causes the store bought ones to fail (the batteries give out) - which I don't think you need to worry about in Africa, and you could always replace the batteries. It is just not worth it most of the time since the batteries alone cost more than the whole lamp in many cases.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Sparko View Post
                    You can buy solar powered landscape LED lights at home depot for $3 each. the ones in the link say it costs them $10 to make.

                    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Hampton-B...00AS/203483386

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                    Well speaked!

                    K54

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                      I am shocked. SHOCKED, I say! (and not by one of those solar lights, either!)

                      My experience with these cheap little solar lights is that they soon "wear down" to either not working at all, or coming on dimly for a few hours in the evening. A neighbor had attached one to every fence post for over a mile, and at FIRST it looked impressive.... now it looks quite "hit and miss" and dismal.
                      Depends on the quality of the batteries. The cheap ones use Ni-Cd. They'de last a lot longer with Li-ion.

                      K54

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by klaus54 View Post
                        Well speaked!

                        K54
                        It also doubles as a weapon.

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                        • #13
                          I went to the LEDsafari website and left a comment regarding the unit price of the Home Depot lamps. Thanks, Sparko and CP.
                          The greater number of laws . . . , the more thieves . . . there will be. ---- Lao-Tzu

                          [T]he truth Im after and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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                          • #14
                            No comments on the battery issue. Too bad.

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