Dubai: Liter of Light sets new world record for largest solar power light bulb display

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Liter of Light’s record-breaking solar power light bulb display at Dubai Festival City Mall on May 2, 2024.

A new world record has been set in Dubai for the largest solar power light bulb display, organizers revealed on Saturday (May 4).

Liter of Light’s record-breaking display involved 3,000 solar lanterns arranged in the shape of a Ghaf, the UAE’s national tree, at the north helipad of Dubai Festival City Mall. The impressive display was lit up on Thursday (May 2).

The solar lanterns were built by students from Deira International School and Universal American school under the guidance of inventors Liter of Light, a Filipino movement that creates light sources using recycled materials to help underprivileged communities around the world.

“This initiative continues our commitment to shine a light on sustainable awareness and action, and contribute meaningfully to the community as the assembled solar lanterns will be presented to underprivileged communities around the world. Among the beneficiaries are those hand built lamps that will help communities in Agusan marsh in the Philippines,” according to Liter of Light.

The successful Guinness World Record bid for Largest Solar Power Light Bulb Display comes during the UAE’s extended Year of Sustainability.

Liter of Light’s record-breaking solar power light bulb display at Dubai Festival City Mall on May 2, 2024.

Creating lighting fixtures from recycled bottles

Liter of Light focuses on creating sources of light from recycled materials, like plastic bottles, and continues to build and implement campaigns that highlight the regions in great need of clean, affordable and sustainable lighting sources.

It builds solar reading lights, streetlights and mobile charging systems using materials people can find or create within their communities, including discarded plastic bottles, pottery and bamboo. Each of their hand-built lights lasts for five years, reducing carbon emissions by 1,000 kilograms by replacing traditional forms of lighting, especially kerosene, with clean energy.

“Our lights spark hope and create new, happy memories. It is a profound experience to empower someone to build something and then to see the way that this new skill and mindset helps them in other aspects of their life – whether with their school work, with their families, or in their livelihood,” Liter of Light founder Illac Diaz told Expat Media in a previous interview. ICA/Expat Media

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