Brighter futures
for off-grid communities

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Light is a basic human need – an essential resource that helps us live, work and feel good. Yet for 1.1 billion people around the world, electric light can seem like an unobtainable luxury. Without reliable access to it, entire communities across Africa and India are plunged into darkness at sunset. Unable to work or study after dark, their inhabitants are deprived of opportunities to build a better future.
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Lighting the way to change

Lighting the way to change

At Philips Lighting, we’re committed to ending this imbalance. We’ve designed a range of solar lanterns and home lighting systems that enable off-grid communities to access safe, renewable lighting after dark. With this technology, social and business life no longer has to stop when the sun goes down. Light becomes a catalyst for recreation, productivity and economic growth.

 

If you’re a philanthropist or investor, you can improve life for off-grid communities by giving them access to our solar lighting. And because we re-invest our profits back into research, you’ll be helping us create brighter futures through innovation.

Bringing homes out of the shadows

For communities without access to reliable electric light, alternative sources of light are vital for everyday life. Without safe and cost-effective access to light, families struggle to cook, clean or pursue social activities after dark. Work or study becomes almost impossible.

 

Many families are forced to light their homes using kerosene lamps or domestic fires. These light sources require costly fuel, and they emit toxic fumes that cause health problems. Tragically, about 1.1 million people are killed every year from fires or fumes.

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Transforming lives with light

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If your organization wants to help people in off-grid communities, you can use solar lighting to make a real difference. With reliable lighting, adults are able to put more time into businesses, bringing in more income for the family. Children can also study after dark, making the most of educational opportunities.

 

Crucially, solar lights eliminate the need for kerosene lamps, so families can discard a dangerous health hazard and reduce their living costs. A typical Kenyan family can spend $157 per year on kerosene. But with a basic solar lantern costing around $13, or a solar home lighting system costing $60, they get safe, reliable light for free.

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Solar lanterns

Lightweight and portable, our solar LED lanterns charge in the day to produce illumination that’s up to 10x brighter than light from kerosene lamps. They can be moved around the home to provide safe, clean light for study, work or recreation.
 

  • Light settings adjustable from 60-150 lumens, producing between five and 20 hours of light on a full charge.
  • Energy-efficient LEDs with a color temperature of 4000k and a Color Rendering Index above 85, for pleasant and clear illumination.
  • Built in USB power ports charge mobile phones and other electronic devices.
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Solar home lighting

Solar home lighting

Our energy-efficient home lighting system comprises two hanging luminaires that are powered by an external solar panel.  Ideal for shared living spaces, they generate pleasant illumination that’s 10x brighter than kerosene lamplight.
 

  • Light settings of 35, 75, 150 lumens per light point, allowing for five, 10, or 20hrs of light on a full charged battery.
  • Energy-efficient LEDs with a color temperature of 4000k and a Color Rendering Index above 85, for pleasant and clear illumination.
  • Built in USB power ports charge mobile phones and other electronic devices.
  • Our new 2017 Solar Home plus systems will have three light points, extendable to five. They include up to four USB outlets, and two 12VDC outlets that power electronic devices like fans or TVs.
  • Pay As You Go functionality and Bluetooth communication available as extras.

Philips Lighting is dedicated to improving lives through technology

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From our simple solar lanterns through to our high-end centralized lighting systems, every innovation has been designed for the needs of off-grid communities. We also provide expert support to help you finance, install and maintain your lighting.

 

Financing opportunities
We partner with banks, telco companies and microfinance institutions to create financing opportunities for our customers. We can even offer ‘pay as you go’ financing through technology integrated in our luminaires.

After-sales support
To ensure your solar lights keep working in the future, we offer different levels of after-sales support. For higher-end systems such as solar streetlights and community light centers, affordable maintenance plans are available.
Our lower-end lights, such as solar lanterns, come with a two-year warranty. We also offer skill development programs, wherein we teach members of the community how to maintain the lights themselves.


Custom installation

Our four-step setup program begins with an analysis of your site’s light requirements. We then create a light plan, design your system, and construct an in-depth implementation strategy.

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