Solar lighting solutions to reach ‘Yolanda’-affected families in December After awarding MyShelter Foundation’s (MSF) Liter of Light as the best “Innovation that Matter to You” in March, Philips Philippines now brings the solar lighting advocacy to the Philippine Bamboo Exhibit 2014.
Hosted by the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), the exhibit features creative Liter of Light lamps, made of styrene sheets and bamboo paper, and which are now powered by 100-percent solar LED lights developed by Philips. It is on view until December at the DCP Building located at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, Pasay City.
During the launch of the exhibit, MSF director Illac Diaz shared how the initiative celebrates the fusion of Filipino creativity with Philips solar technology.
“The idea is for us to later on teach people on how to assemble solar lights for livelihood so that communities can create an emergency lighting solution in case of disasters. Being able to combine homegrown talent and the amazing creativity of Filipinos with technology opens up opportunities for a more sustainable way of using green light solutions in the country,” Diaz explained.
The exhibited lamps are the result of collaborations between Philips and MSF since April. Their goal, according to Fabia Tetteroo-Bueno, country manager of Philips of Philippines, was to improve the existing Liter of Light DIY solar lighting with the use of the solar LED cards.
The creation of the Philips solar LED cards fulfils another objective of the partnership which is to increase the efficiency of assembly while keeping costs low. Eight components from the old design were reduced to just three including the LED card and new enclosure. The time to build the lamp was reduced from two hours to 30 minutes and both parties believe that this can still be down reduced to 15 minutes.
Both parties are bound to put together its other components such as batteries, solar panels, and enclosure to have a complete functioning system for the Super Typhoon Yolanda-hit areas in Visayas.
“We are happy to update the public that we have entered our product design and testing stage, with the very first usage of the newest Philips LED card on solar lamps currently installed at the DCP,” shared Bueno. “The creatively designed solar lamps displayed here at Philippine Bamboo Exhibit shows the great progress in setting the stage to bring this innovation to Yolanda-affected areas.”
Moreover, by utilizing a community livelihood program where beneficiaries are taught skills to build solar lights, Diaz and Philips Philippines will be able to bring light to the Filipino families affected Yolanda by December.
All these efforts are under Solar Night Light Project, which is expected to light up 5,000 homes of families.
For more information, visit www.meaningfulinnovation.asia/philippines or www.facebook.com/PhilipsPhilippines.