'd.light S1' solar lantern by d.light Design; photo d.light Design
Continuing their effort to replace the highly dangerous yet prevalent in millions of impoverished households kerosene lanterns, d.light Design has recently presented the new addition to their line of affordable solar-powered LED lighting. Called ‘d.light S1′, the small portable and, above all, inexpensive reading lamp has been designed with students in mind who frequently struggle to continue their education due to the lack of safe and reliable access to electricity. (more…)
Children in India holding d.light's 'Kiran' solar lamp, which gives up to eight hours of light on a full battery and is up to five times brighter than a kerosene lamp; photo: Robin Chilton / d.light Design
Imagine, as a manufacturer, that your potential market is two billion consumers worldwide. This almost inconceivable figure is the ultimate scale of d.light’s ambition, a consumer-products company set up by a pair of social entrepreneurs in 2007 to design and product lighting solutions for the one in four people on this planet who live without electricity. With two million lives already positively affected by d.light’s innovative solar-powered lamps and counting, the company’s story is only just beginning. Architonic spoke to co-founder and CEO Sam Goldman about this life-changing project.