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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 1.1 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.

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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.

As a global leader in lighting, we want to correct this imbalance by enabling sustainable access to light. Our projects promote the use of solar lighting systems that are safe and clean, with no recurring fuel costs. 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.
Registered charity in the Netherlands (ANBI), RSIN number 857684553.
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