Woman Aims to Make the Porta Potty More Female-Friendly with Solar Lights

A jewelry marketer by day, by night, Carrie King has another goal - to modernize the portable toilet and make it a friendlier place for women. Her method? King has developed a solar light for porta potties, naming her invention "the Firefly."
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May 31, 2011 - PRLog -- A jewelry marketer by day, at night, Carrie King’s side business is making the portable toilet a friendlier place for women.  Motivated by a personal experience, she founded the company Aglow Systems and has developed a solar light for port-a-potties.  She named her patented invention the Firefly.

“Port-a-potties serve a great purpose. But let’s be honest, women don’t like using them, especially in the dark,” Carrie explains.  “It’s really not as big of a deal to men.  But for ladies, we want to see what we’re doing and touching in there!  It’s a product women will understand.”

The idea was inspired in 2008 when she attended a 4-day, outdoor, music festival with husband, Chris King.  According to Carrie, “I was complaining about using the port-a-potties at night when we started questioning why they didn’t have lights.”  What began as a question, led to more serious conversation, and eventually turned into a two-and-a-half year project for the couple.

“We did our homework first, wanting to be sure it was something the industry would actually use, and we found out it was.”  Carrie adds that ‘offering lights in port-a-potties’ is an issue the industry had already been addressing, but had yet to find a great solution for; primarily because there are some innate challenges to lighting the portable structures.  “We listened to the customers’ needs, and through creative engineering, have met them.  We’re proud of it!”    

To help cover some of the manufacturing costs, Carrie has launched a Kickstarter project.  “We’re a start-up, and it’s expensive to develop a new product.  Firefly is kind of unusual for Kickstarter projects, but thought I would give it a try.”  The project is collecting funds via kickstarter.com through June 18, 2011.  (Direct link to Kickstarter project, which includes an video explainer: http://kickstarter.com/projects/1060808756/firefly-solar-...)

Acknowledging she could likely manufacture her lights cheaper overseas, Carrie explains that supporting American industry is very important to Aglow Systems.  With the electronics sourced from around the US, Firefly Solar Lights are built in Knoxville, Tennessee, where the couple currently resides.        

For more information, visit http://www.aglowsystems.com.

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About Firefly Solar Lights by Aglow Systems: Firefly Solar Lights were developed under the female-owned parent company, Aglow Systems. Aglow Systems creates niche solar lighting systems. Firefly is the company's first product release. The light was designed specifically for use in portable toilets. For more information, visit www.aglowsystems.com.
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