Solar Home Lighting System

Exhibition: Design for the other 90 | January 5, 2012 by

Electricity reaches only a limited portion of the world’s population. More than 1.6 billion people worldwide lack connection to an electrical network. Candles and kerosene and oil lamps are still some of the most common options for basic lighting, with dry cells and automotive batteries used to power radios, televisions, and small appliances. These sources are low-quality, cumbersome, expensive, and often dangerous, but they are the only available options to rural families, small farmers, businesses, and institutions. The Solar Home Lighting System, a wireless solar power system originally designed for rural and peri-urban customers in India, enables families to improve their productivity by allowing them to pursue income-generating activities in the evening while their children can have better light for studying.

  • DESIGNER/MANUFACTURER: SELCO-India

India, 1994

  • Solar panel, luminaries, charge controller
  • DIMENSIONS: 1.5”h x 21”w x 26”d (solar panel), 2”h x 6”w x 6”d (charge controller), 14”h x 4”w x 14”d (luminaries)
  • IN USE IN: India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Bhutan

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