Africa: Philips Pledges LED-based Lights

Today, an estimated 500 million Africans live without electricity. For these people nightfall means either darkness or the flickering light of a candle or kerosene lamp. There are, however, many disadvantages of kerosene lanterns including health and safety risks, expensive oil-driven fuel prices, and the low light output which makes reading nearly impossible.

Royal Philips Electronics announced it will launch a new solar powered reading light, enabling people to both read and write after dark. The light, dubbed “My Reading Light,” was developed specifically for the education sector in Africa and will allow a new generation of school children to continue with their homework after sunset.

As a result, life in many parts of Africa practically comes to a halt at sundown, including children busy with their homework. Solar powered lighting solutions can make a true difference here.

My Reading Light provides high quality LED lighting. It is extremely lightweight and can be hand-held or placed over the page of a book, allowing the user to read or write. There is a choice of high/middle/low dimming settings. The light has a built-in rechargeable battery providing between 3.5 and 9 hours of light depending on the light level selected.

[pictured: Small Flex Light (white beam)]

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One Response to “Africa: Philips Pledges LED-based Lights”

  1. ChrisCP says:

    Sounds similar to what Freeplay Energy is doing with its lights and radios. See:

    The more the merrier, I say.

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