Like Your Lights

Friday 26th July 2013

LuminAID was designed to help provide a simple lighting solution to people in developing countries, disaster, crisis, and conflict hit areas.

LuminAID is an inflatable gadget that is easy to pack and carry flat, but when blown up it charges from solar energy and will emit a light similar to a lantern, giving up to eight hours of LED light.

The compact, water resistant lights are also inexpensive to produce and ship to high need areas. 4000 donated lights – sponsored by charitable partners – have already been distributed, including to local victims of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta, founders of LuminAID Lab, designed the solar light units in early 2010 while at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Andrea explains the development of their design: “LuminAID is excited to commercialize new products and applications of the inflatable solar light technology, and will work to make this technology accessible to victims of disaster and crisis, and those who lack access to energy around the world."

To further push their product LuminAID have announced their “Likes for Lights” Facebook campaign, lasting throughout July and August. For every 10 “likes” our Facebook page receives, one LuminAID light will be donated to a partner organization, to be distributed to students and families in need.

LuminAID is partnering with Responsible Charity, Solar Sister, Pencils of Promise, Operation Outreach Afghanistan, Ubushobozi, and the Nepali Children’s Education Project. Each organization will be featured on certain days of the campaign, with daily “likes” corresponding to the number of lights they receive.

Their goal is to reach 10,000 likes, or 1,000 donated lights, by the end of the summer. Help them spread the light by liking their page here!

Picutre from LuminAID.

Categories: General, Renewable, Reviews, Technology

Friday 26th July 2013

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