“Corelight” — A New Way To Spread The Light

by Ieva Tilindyte, European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute

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Nowadays we live in the consumer society, where buying and selling goods are essential part of economics. But how many of us have ever thought what happens to things when they get “old”? Sure, we used to get rid of such things, but commonly they have a negative impact on environment. More than 40 mln. tons of electronic waste are produced every year. But maybe there is a simple way we can transform old stuff into something brand new? A group of students saw this idea as a potential solution to the aforementioned problem.

“CoreLight” team consists of five creative students — Artūras, Gabija, Laura, Aistis and Rokas. When in 2016 they got an opportunity to develop and realize their idea, they started to think what could be done to improve environmental sustainability. As one of the team-members Gabija says, “we live in a society where we buy things we don’t even need. Instead of buying these unnecessary things, the old ones can be brought back to life. And sometimes it is very hard to look into used things from other perspective and see them as potential material to create something new”. Luckily, this team managed to generate an idea of a lamp, made from broken laptop computers — specifically, from broken screens, which, surprisingly, can be brought back into life in the most original way. Considering the fact that it is a technically difficult task to do, the team collaborated with various specialists and the Vilnius Academy of Arts.

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As the team describes it, this invention consists of three E: it is effective, economical and ecological. This lamp is perfectly suitable to spread the light and do not bother eyes at all. Even more, it uses 10 times less energy than usual light bulb, so, obviously, it is a way more economical choice. No need to mention, how practical and smart is to transform e-waste into something what people use in their everyday life. So by creating these lamps, “CoreLight” solves problems, related to economical and environmental sustainability. And these are very modern and stylish, so could be used as a perfect interior detail as well!

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Right now, “CoreLight” team is working on further development of the invention. As they say, the hardest part — to successfully realize the idea — is already in the past and they are very hopeful about their future plans. “CoreLight” was evaluated more than once — numerous participations in the students’ workshops competitions gave them a recognition from various sponsors and an opportunity to improve their invention in USA from “Start Strong Start Up” organizers. So, get ready, because “CoreLight” is about to change the way we use the light!

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“Entrepreneurial skills for young social innovators in an open digital world DOIT Europe” project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement №770063

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