RICK Ko, of Prestons, knows how to light up the world.
The year 12 student has invented a form of fluorescent light-emitting diode (LED) lights.
Rick has been inventing since he was 16.
He came up with the idea to make fluorescent LED lights when he heard about the carbon tax and his mother's concerns about the rising costs of electricity bills.
"I originally came up with the idea when Julia Gillard introduced the carbon tax and everything would go up," he said.
"I know that LED TVs save a lot more energy than normal TVs, and then I thought how LED lights could save a lot more energy and money compared to normal lights."
Rick has used individual LED lights along a line with of copper wire that was able to conduct electricity.
The lights have a longer lifespan than most fluorescent lights and can last for a minium of 50,000 hours.
And unlike normal fluorescent lights, the LED ones don't get hot.
His father, Andy Ko, has installed one of his son's lights in his business in Liverpool.
Mr Ko estimated the lights would cut electricity usage by a third.
He said he was looking for a way to manufacture the lights.
"This is Rick's first successful model," he said.
"It's unbelievable how he comes up with this.
"It's been a long process, I've had to get the materials for him."
Rick also has a patent to copyright to protect his invention.