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What a bright idea!

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December 7, 2011 6:19:50 AM

Shanty town residents in Kenya use plastic bottle and bleach to refract sunlight into their huts:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-07/plastic-bottles-b...

I wonder if this will also become an architectural trend in the developed world. The people in the shanty can be lifted out of poverty by patenting this.

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December 7, 2011 4:38:44 PM

This is awesome! Great for developing countries.

My immediate thought was camping or in my shed, I wonder how drastically you can change the shape and still retain that level of reflection?
December 7, 2011 8:27:22 PM

I don't know. But using 2L soft drink bottle seems to work very well and it is free!

I wouldn't change the design.

How about you post some picture if you have time to convert your shed to solar?
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December 8, 2011 3:40:25 AM

But what do they do after dark?

Still, some light is better than no light.
December 8, 2011 4:17:03 AM

They live in a hut so they don't have window. The bottle on the roof trick works during the day but I guess they have to use electric light at night.
December 8, 2011 10:54:59 AM

Or do what everyone did before artificial lighting - work from "Can't see to can't see".
December 8, 2011 12:43:06 PM

Very ingenious!

Reminds me of the glass prisms used on ships to refract light below decks.
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