A rechargeable light that makes your life brighter by providing up to 400 hours of continuous light has been found in a remote area of northern Queensland.
Key points:A researcher has found a rechargeables LED flashlight in remote areaResearchers from University of Queensland say the light can be used for anywhere that the batteries are emptyThe LED flashlight uses solar energy to power its LED lights and produces up to 40 hours of lightThe light has already been used in remote areas for recreational purposes and in the homeThe researchers say the LED flashlight has been successfully tested on animals and they believe it will work well in people.
Key facts:The research was carried out by Dr Tim Sargent from the University of Brisbane’s School of Life Sciences.
“We have been working in remote parts of Queensland for the last six months with local people and they’ve been very impressed with what they’ve seen,” Dr Sargents research team said.
“It’s not something they’re used to using in their daily lives but they’ve really been impressed with the light.”
Dr Sargens research team have used a prototype LED light for the first time to see if it could be useful in remote locations.
He said the light could be used anywhere that there was no battery power left.
“The light uses solar power to power it,” he said.
The light produces up for 40 hours continuous light that can be shone onto anything, even a tree stump.
Dr Saguent said the research team had been working with people in the remote area who have been looking to get more out of their LED lights.
“One of the people who’s very keen on getting their LED light turned on for recreational uses is an aboriginal man who’s been looking for an outdoor light and he had been searching for an LED light but he couldn’t find any,” Dr. Saguents said.
Dr. Sargenson said the LED light was an ideal device to help the Aboriginal man because it was a renewable energy source.
“He’s got a lot of electricity but the power was never really going to last so he’s been using it for a long time and he was happy with the energy that it produces,” he explained.
“When he’s using it to make an LED lighting device he’s not going to be looking for a battery for that energy, so he can just have a very long lasting light that lasts for a very, very long time.”
Saguent says the LED lights have been used by Aboriginal people to make outdoor lighting devices and for recreational use in remote communities.
He has used the prototype LED flashlight to see how it worked and if it worked as well in other areas.
“There’s no doubt the light is an excellent option for recreational and outdoor uses, but the real question is whether it can be safely used in households and how long can it last?”
Dr. Hilde Hildreth from the Australian Institute of Environmental and Sustainable Technologies (AIEST) said the findings would give researchers a better idea of what would work in rural and remote areas.
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