Every once in a while we come across an idea that's so unique, we simply have to share. Matchbox Instruments, a proven provider of lighting solutions, is currently raising funds to commercialize their latest bright idea - a matchbook full of tiny LED flashlights that provide lighting in an emergency. For now the miniature lights are disposable, which isn't great from an environmental perspective, but Guy from MBI assures us that with sufficient demand, he hopes to commercialize a new model with rechargeable or replaceable batteries.
Each match light is comprised of an LED mount, which comes in a variety of colors and lights up when the user presses down on it, a battery, sheath and even a magnet. The latter makes it possible to mount the light to a metal surface to allow for hands-free activity. One little light burns for eight hours, so a matchbook of eight can provide 64 hours of emergency lighting in a pinch.
Why not just carry an LED flashlight, you might ask? It’s a good question, but in our day-to-day lives we are very unlikely to do this, except maybe to carry a flashlight in our vehicles. We figure this emergency matchbook is something we can all carry in our purses or our wallets for use in a true emergency – like a power cut during a storm, or maybe for the ladies walking down a dark alley in a city. It’s one of those products you can use when you’re really caught off guard.
The crowdfunding campaign is gaining momentum. At the time of writing, MBI has already raised 154 percent of their fixed goal with two weeks to go. We love the ingenuity and the fact that the designers opted for low energy LED lights. Now we’re hoping they’ll raise sufficient funds to develop a product that isn’t disposable, to ensure emergency preparedness with a low environmental impact.
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