Nokero Solar LED Bulb Display by Zachary Sexton
At the Redline Gallery in Denver, Colorado, an installation of 416 Nokero Solar Light Bulbs were installed in June 2011. The installation was the brainchild of Adam Gordon who envisioned a solar-powered entrance and patio at the opening of the Design for the other 90% exhibition organized by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
The awe-inspiring display of Nokero (short for No Kerosene) was originally planned to be removed after the exhibition moved to its next location. However, the gallery loved the display so much it kept the installation and it has become a shining example of sustainability. Now, March 2013, the Nokero Solar Light Bulbs are still providing a warm glow to Redline’s front patio.
This functional exhibit has no maintenance or upkeep. The bulbs turn on automatically at dusk thanks to their auto-on feature. Speaking of the features and functions, Nokero is a social enterprise led by the American inventor, Steve Katsaros. Most of Nokero’s products are sold into markets where grid-power does not exist. It is a little known fact, but 1 out of every 5 humans lives without electricity and it is Nokero’s mission to bring them light. Instead of burning dangerous kerosene, this 20% of humanity can use solar lights to provide clean, safe, and economical light every night.