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Sharing the power of light 


Light is a fundamental part of our lives. With a flick of a switch, it transforms darkness into places where people can work, learn and create.

Many of us take this for granted. But 1.06 billion people do not have access to electric light. For these communities, the productive day ends at sunset. Mobility after dark is limited and simple activities like accessing sanitation can be dangerous. Children cannot study. Shops cannot do business. Emergency relief workers cannot help people.

Access to light
Value Chain

access to light
Many families who can’t obtain or afford electric light instead burn coal, wood, kerosene or candles for illumination. These fuels can be costly and dangerous - 1.5 million people die annually from using kerosene lamps, which cause fires and respiratory illnesses.

The mission of the Foundation is to enable sustainable access to light to underserved communities. Our projects promote the use of clean technology based lighting systems that address the entire spectrum of lighting needs of a community. These could be home lighting, institutional lighting, public lighting and lighting for emergency relief. By mapping the access to light value chain and identifying barriers in key activities like manufacturing, distribution, affordability and sustainability, we inform our strategy and choice of partners & projects. Working with NGOs and communities around the world, we’re bringing electric light to the places it is needed the most. And by sharing our expertise on the role of lighting in accelerating energy efficiency, we’re helping to protect our environment.
Philips Lighting Foundation
Registered charity in the Netherlands (ANBI), RSIN number 857684553.
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