D.light Brings the Light and Delight

Imagine having to live under the mercy of natural light. Days would definitely be shorter, which I guess would be nice if you hated your job or liked to sleep, but for most around the world, this daily reality cripples productivity and can be dangerous. As an experiment, I will attempt to cook my spaghetti and meatball dinner tonight with my eyes closed… then again, maybe not.

D.light design, founded by Sam Goldman and Ned Tozun, has a lofty goal, to improve the quality of life of 50 million people in households without reliable electricity, by 2015, through replacing the use of kerosene lanterns with clean, safe and bright light. By harnessing the best design principles reserved for the wealthiest 10 percent, D.light shapes their product development through ethnographic and user studies creating high quality energy solutions for extreme affordability, and partners with NGOs and distributors to reach households around the world.

What changes can the simple act of replacing kerosene lanterns with affordable, reliable solar powered LED lamps bring?

  • cost savings: families spend 5-30 percent of their monthly income on kerosene oil, d.light lamps eliminate this cost, while paying for itself, for a typical farmer or shopkeeper, in as little as six months
  • income generation: improved lighting supports income generating activities at night, increasing income, according to the United Nations Development Program, by up to 30 per cent
  • improved study environment: improved quality of light and better indoor air quality facilitate longer and more effective studying hours, leading to increased learning and better test results

These, along with providing safer home environments and the reduction in carbon emissions compared to kerosene lamps, facilitate life-changing opportunities to the most underserved communities in the world, simply by giving light.

Thank you D.light design for making our world wonderful!

LET ME KNOW, REPLY BELOW: What activity or hobby would you not be able to do in the dark?

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