#HappyGreenDiwali: 10 lights that will stay bright for a while

Looking for a creative way to light up your home for an eco-friendly Diwali? Try one of these cool lighting products (mostly in Bangalore).


Lighting up your home with diyas is something everyone looks forward to each Diwali. But if you’re looking to make that tradition a little more novel, there exists an under-appreciated, niche market of beautiful, hand-crafted lanterns and lamps that could beautify your balconies and doorsteps in an instant.

The Alternative has curated a list of such unique, easy-to-find lights for your sampling. Here they are:

1. Creatif Owl’s Varnam Tea Lights

Creatif Owl is a company that showcases unique arts and crafts creations made by a motley collection of designers. Their Varnam tea light candle-holders are eco-friendly and made using the traditional craft of Channapatna, which is a particular form of making wooden artifacts that originated from a district in rural Bangalore of the same name.

The art form is protected as a geographical indication (GI) under the World Trade Organization, and is administrated by the Government of Karnataka. The village itself is known as Gombegala Ooru, or ‘toy town’, as a result of its reputation for making such toys by lacquering the wood of the Wrightia tinctoria tree, locally known as Aale mara. Grab these lights for your home from Creatif Owl’s website.

Candle holders made using Channapatna | Pic - Facebook

Varnam candle holders made using Channapatna | Pic – Facebook

2. Auroville’s handmade lights

Auroville, literally translated to the ‘City of Dawn,’ is an experimental township near Pudu Cherry, in the state of Tamil Nadu. Inaugurated in 1968 with involvement from over 120 countries, the township aims at being “a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities.”

Indeed, proceeds and funds obtained from their online store, which showcases items produced entirely within the community and made largely from natural items, are used to further the development of the small city. Visit the store to check out their exemplary collection of intricately woven lampshades.

Auroville lights | Pic - www.auroville.org

Auroville lights | Pic – www.auroville.org

3. Studio ABCD, Bangalore

This initiative aims to reuse everyday items in an innovative and original way to create a beautiful product that encapsulates the very principle of sustainability. From dazzling gift wrapping papers made out of old newspapers, to notebooks covered in bold print, and eco-friendly Diwali lights, Studio ABCD offers a veritable range of products on their website and at various workshops held in Bangalore.

Pic - Facebook

Pic – Facebook

4. eBay’s collection of hanging lampshades

Not new to providing great deals, eBay has a wide range of products on offer for Diwali. Some of these are exotic jewellery and clothing, while many are beautiful hanging lampshades such as the ones below, with prices ranging from as little as Rs. 150 to as high as Rs. 10,000. Visit the website for more options.

A set of 3 hanging Diwali lanterns | Pic - eBay

A set of 3 hanging Diwali lanterns | Pic – eBay

5. ENRG Float Lamps

ENRG is a lights-and-sounds products maker in India that launched its newest item for Diwali last week – floating lamps. It uses magnets to keep the upper half of the desk lamp suspended in air, while the LED lamp automatically rotates or spins mid-air, creating a floating sensation. Read more about its specifications here.

Pic - www.enrg.in

Pic – www.enrg.in

6. Liter of Light

A singularly unique non-profit organization, Liter of Light aims to provide ‘an ecologically and economically sustainable source of light.’ To this effect, its people have developed a light using a 1.5L PET bottle, filled with purified water and bleach. The setup is then installed onto the roof of a house, where the water in the bottle refracts sunlight during the day, creating an intensity of light equivalent to a 55 watt light bulb. With the correct installation and materials, this solar bottle can last up to 5 years.

One of LOL's installations is this solar bulb | Pic- http://literoflightbangalore.strikingly.com/#

One of LOL’s installations is this solar bulb | Pic- http://literoflightbangalore.strikingly.com/

7. Ecoexist’s egg-crate lights

You read it right. These lights are made using recycled egg crates, in what is possibly their most unique use yet. Understandably already sold out for Diwali, these guys are open to taking orders for Christmas right away. Contact them and order yours.

E-coexist's lights made from recycled egg crates | Pic - Facebook

E-coexist’s lights made from recycled egg crates | Pic – Facebook

8. Jerry Pinto’s eco-friendly lights

Made from coir and mulberry and banana fibre, Jerry Pinto’s light creations have grabbed the attention of people from Mumbai and Bangalore. Working from  a studio located at the fringe of Bangalore, Pinto’s range of lights and home accessories sell at FabIndia, The Purple Turtles, and other furniture stores. The works of art are made as much as possible from natural elements such as agricultural and craft waste fibres.

Lampshades designed by Jerry Pinto using fibrous banana paper | Pic - www.insideoutside.in

Lampshades designed by Jerry Pinto using fibrous banana paper | Pic – www.insideoutside.in

9. The DIYA Foundation’s Products

The DIYA Foundation aims to train differently abled persons such that they are able to transition smooth from education to employment, and can be secure of their future. The initiative, which began in the year 1999, aims at providing vocational skills in making several different kinds of products, including diyas, chocolates, candles, paper bags, and more. With a collection of items specifically made for the festival of Diwali, their online store has a pretty range of lights you can purchase, all the while contributing to a great cause.

One of the many lights made by the DIYA Foundation | Pic - http://www.diyafoundation-india.org/

One of the many lights made by the DIYA Foundation | Pic – http://www.diyafoundation-india.org/

10. (Not so) Foolish Lights

Based out of Bangalore, The Fool is a home decor and accessories store dedicated towards making up-cycled eco-friendly products – In addition to home decor, they sell clothing, accessories, lights, and other products made from items that we usually consider ‘rubbish’ and would throw away.  They offer a made-to-order facility where they take specific orders from customers and personalize the product accordingly, and accept orders through email and phone.

Upcycled bottles made decorated using painted thread, in vivid colours | Pic - Wooplr

The Fool’s upcycled bottles decorated using painted thread, available in vivid colours | Pic – Wooplr

Are you using any unique lighting ideas for your home this festive season? Let us know how in a comment below.


  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Currently pursuing an engineering degree from BITS Pilani, Goa, Sanjana is a Chennai-born girl settled in Mumbai, and writes for The Alternative in a humble attempt to fulfill the stereotype of being a frustrated engineer. more

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Currently pursuing an engineering degree from BITS Pilani, Goa, Sanjana is a Chennai-born girl settled in Mumbai, and writes for The Alternative in a humble attempt to fulfill the stereotype of being a frustrated engineer. more

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