Toyotorch

Toyota_light

Although nominally lit when there happens to be grid-supplied electricity, post-sunset blackouts plunge the underground parking garage that doubles as the entrance to my building into darkness. To date, the solution was either:

a) lighting candles, or

b) some charitable car owner turning on their headlights for the duration of the blackout and leaving their keys with the security guards to turn them off once the electricity returns.

Recognizing the suboptimal nature of these solutions, one of the inventive building residents is seen here rigging up a lighting system built around the most popular off-grid power source in Myanmar (and many resource constrained contexts): a car battery. As he’s installing the system here (during an actual blackout, admirably) he uses his own car’s battery to power the very lights that he is attaching to the ceiling.

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