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.