NightReader

2003

The NightReader is a study-light designed at Demotech, design for self-reliance during an internship in the Netherlands. It aim is to improve the conditions for education for people in pour countries by offering a cheap light source to study once the sun goes down. Like all of Reinder Van Tijen's designs, the NightReader is designed in such a way that local people can make it themselves with the materials and tools available in developing countries.


After experimenting with cotton fabric and wood, we opted for a metal box made from recycled tins. The box holds nearly-empty batteries, too weak to power radios and torches but widely available, and enough to power the two LEDs. The NightReader is placed on the page to be read, illuminating a few lines of text without attracting insects.

For more information about the NightReader, please visit Demotech/NightReader.