ONE OF the men behind the invention of a new lamp which helps people cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder has said he cannot wait to show off the product in Malvern this week.
Mark Edwards, an expert on electricity saving and low carbon lifestyles, will launch the unique lamps at the Malvern Festival of Innovation taking place from Thursday to Saturday (November 7 to 9) at Malvern Theatres.
The eco-friendly lamps have been specially equipped to help people cope with the winter blues. Using just 16W, the lights manage to produce a brightness of 140W.
Following months of hard work developing the invention, the lamps have been produced by Birmingham based charity The Jericho Foundation using recycled wood.
Speaking to the Observer, Mr Edwards said he approached the charity to help design and make the lamps after being recommended by a friend.
“This is an extremely exciting time and I really can’t wait to get to the festival and show the lights to lots of people.
“The festival in Malvern is brilliant and has a real community and friendly spirit which I love. Every visitor seems to have a real interest for innovation and wants to know what is going on.
“After being recommended, working with The Jericho Foundation Foundation has been great and the project has helped many young people learn how to work together as a cohesive team and develop skills needed to take their place with future employers.”
The three-day festival will also show a demonstration of the town’s new 3D Flyover Map after the first stage of the project was completed by Malvern’s Technology for Tourism Group.
The model, which utilises computer games software, will allow users to fly through the landscape as if in a helicopter. The map will eventually be connected to a database of all the facilities the town has to offer including food outlets, accommodation and tourist attractions.