Over 2.1 billion people live without access to electricity. Another billion people live with unreliable access to power. The great majority of these people illuminate their homes and businesses with fuel-based kerosene lamps. Kerosene lamps are inefficient and unhealthy, causing fires, burns and lung disease. Kerosene lamps produce more greenhouse gasses per unit of illumination than any other common light source. Moreover kerosene lighting is expensive, more expensive for a unit of light than what we pay in the developed world.
Providing 21st century energy efficient LED lights to people who currently use 19th century fuel-based lighting will improve the quality of life, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and remove a major cause of burns and lung disease for a large portion of people alive today. Key to widespread replacement of kerosene lamps with LED lighting is quantifying their economic, environmental and health benefits, and designing a universal LED circuit board that can economically match LEDs to a variety of power supplies, including solar electric panels and recycled chargers.
A universal LED circuit board will reduce the cost of an LED light from $25.00 to $1.95, significantly reducing the cost of rural solar electric LED lighting systems to the point where they are less expensive than kerosene lights.
Just a single watt of LED lighting provides more illumination than a kerosene lamp. LED light is better for reading, thus children can study in the evenings. Solar LED lights are more reliable lasting about 100,000 hours, or 68 years at 4 hours per night. LED/solar lights are available whenever needed, which is particularly important for urgent matters like delivering babies and medical emergencies.
Switching from kerosene lamps to LED lighting is a unique opportunity to improve the quality of life for billions of people while at the same time reducing fuel consumption.
Lamp from pre-fabricated wooden dowels, and a piece of scrap wood. LED is connected to a phone charger to complete the circuit, transparent bottle cap is used as a diffuser.
Shine On lights create opportunities to start and perpetuate local economy by providing designs for local products that are not traditional craft based. Shine On can be produced without heavy machines or high cost. Locals are now able to produce native tech-products