It seems absurd to be burning energy by using lightbulbs while the sun is shining, but buildings can only have so many windows, and sunlight can only penetrate so far. MIT's Solar Bottle Bulb and Ross Lovegrove's Sun Tunnel are two ways to get sunlight inside, but both solutions require piercing a roof for installation. This new system called the Light Bandit, in contrast, is a no-construction-required solution. And it's brilliant:
"Sunlight is the fuel that powers all life on Earth, yet our lifestyles block most of it out," the developers write. "Between work, school and home we spend most of our time indoors under artificial lighting that lacks important benefits of natural lighting. The Light Bandit changes that."
What's fascinating is that the coating on the reflectors filters out UV and infrared, delivering only visible light; this means you won't fade out the part of your couch that's got a Light Bandit lamp over it.
The Light Bandit Kickstarter is no foregone conclusion, by the way; these guys need help and publicity. At press time they'd clocked under six grand out of a $200,000 target, and there's just 21 days left to go. But we've seen less impressive projects hit higher targets in a shorter stretch of time, so we're hoping this product becomes a reality.