Spread Some Light

17_solar_lanternAt least half a million people in Africa, alone have no access to electricity. Without electricity families have no clean source of light, this leaves millions to rely on expensive and very often dangerous alternatives.

Solar lights changes everything. Solar lamps are affordable, clean and safe. They give off hours of light at night so families can earn, learn and feel safe after dark. One solar lamp can literally transform the fortunes of an entire family, the first step on an energy ladder to full electrification.

The African solar revolution is under way offering universal access to clean energy, a brighter and cleaner future. Lighting is the easiest way to save energy and reduce operating costs. Upgrading your existing lighting system is economical, as improved lighting uses less energy. Undeniably this changes your monthly budget commitment to pay an electricity bill. The swop over quickly helps you realize a positive cash flow. This cash flow saving will continue long after initial outlay costs are paid. Improved lighting technology provides energy efficient solutions that reduces energy consumption and shows significant cost reductions.

The primary most sustainable source of lighting is daylight. Lighting influences the way we live. It is one of the most critical and visceral qualities of any living environment. Good and bad lighting makes or breaks the ambience, mood and general enhancement of our living habitat.

Our exposure to natural light has a profound effect on our immune system as well as our circadian rhythms, sleep cycle and hormones. Studies link the lack of sunlight to depression, immune disorders, cancer and diabetes. Research shows that thousands of people die prematurely annually from insufficient UVB/vitamin D, and almost half of those with multiple sclerosis in the U.S. would not have MS if they had had more UVB exposure.

Energy Efficiency and Good Health

Energy efficiency influences good health. Over the last 5 decades sadly the building industry has only been concerned with the energy element of artificial lighting, rather than human health concerns. Lighting is considered an important element of sustainable building design. In sustainable design consideration is given to ergonomics, human health, comfort, and energy consumption. Innovative lighting designs are on the rise offering sustainable, beautiful and healthy lighting options for your home.

Caring for your health should be seen as a priority and at the same time we should all want to lower our energy bills. By decreasing energy consumption certainly help to make your life healthier, too.

Here are some simple steps to leading a long and energy-efficient life:

Changing bulbs is a quick exercise and easy to implement and it draws c17_solar_LED_globesash returns almost immediately. Replacing a 100-watt incandescent with a 32-watt Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL) can save you at least R300 in energy costs over the life of the bulb, and if every household replaces one light bulb with a CFL, it would prevent enough pollution to equal removing one million cars from the road. CFLs often referred to as “strip lights” which provide high-quality light without the heat of incandescent bulbs, and they use much less energy and last up to 10 times longer.

LED it Out with plenty of lighting technologies out there, the most promising for the future seems to be LEDs (Light-emitting Diodes). LEDs don’t heat up like incandescent), and they last longer and are more energy efficient than both traditional bulbs and CFLs.

Use Natural Light – we have free access to a bright renewable source of light in the sky. Why use artificial light?

Sure we need artificial light to function at night, but if our houses were conceived and cleverly planned and designed from the onset, we would all access copious amounts of natural light through well-designed doors, windows and skylights. Even without skylights and bay windows, architects are able create, enhance and reflect light deep into any interior space.

With proper sources of natural light, we naturally would spend a lot less on our energy bills and inevitably lead healthier and more circadian-attuned lives.

The ideal scenario, in the real world we get to choose where we live, but do not have a say in its design. There are many things we can do to create more natural light into your living spaces.

Add a Window or Skylight – There is an array of great translucent insulating building products coming on to the market that create light in homes such as skylights and windows that are insulated.

Solar Lamps – This LED Lantern is an excellent choice for campers’ lighting because it is durable in use, beautiful in design and light in weight. Besides being easy and convenient to use, it actually turns sunshine into ‘electricity’, and saves you a great deal of money. This product can be used for all kinds of indoor and outdoor activities. This17_sunlamp lantern is perfect for those who have no electricity at home, or if one needs to light up the outdoor area for guests. The unique design lets you turn the product into a reading light, a ceiling light or a portable light – depending on what you need. It takes 8-10 hours of good sunlight to charge the batteries full. It can also be charged with a wall adaptor or 12V car adaptor. The light can be regulated from low (70 hours) to medium (40 hours) to high (12 hours). Another option is a very bright light for 7 hours.

Solar Light & Cell Phone charger – This light has 3 globes connected to the controller by an extended 5m wire. Each globe can be switched on or off independently. The system will also charge cellular phones and mp3 players. There is a USB port with 10 cellular phone connectors for different cell phone models.

Solar Lantern – These are light weight, water proof and durable. It has 2 brightness settings and has a built in panel to charge it in the sun. It will take about 6 hours to charge and will shine for 8 to 10 hours, great for walking, reading, studying and socializing.

Reflect on Reflection – Maximize the light in a room by selecting light colours and reflective materials for your walls, ceiling and floor. Light-coloured and shiny flooring options like linoleum or polished wood can reflect a lot of ambient light, brightening up your space.   Mirrors on walls will also reflect light around and exponentially brighten spaces.

 Nocturnal Habits – all those workaholics who burn the candle at both ends, i17_solar_strip-lightt may take its toll. Erratic sleep patterns and staying up late every night be aware as you consume loads more lighting / energy than is necessary, it also messes with your circadian rhythms / hormones, and ultimately your health (see cancer research studies for evidence). So take note technologies such as light-emitting diodes can be used to drastically reduce the energy requirement for energy.

Join in the solar revolution which offers us life changing solar lights, an innovative way to reduce your energy bills and your carbon footprint all in one go.  Solar lights are perfect for outages, camping trips and night festivals, and are so cosy on the bedside table. These solar lights provide hours of eco-friendly, clean lighting that is sustainable and helps protect the environment.

 Which plastic gadget, fits neatly into one hand, and can quickly improve the lives of the world’s poorest people… The Economist anticipates that over the next decade it will be the solar-powered lamp.

Ref: Eco Health Sense
http://www.solar-aid.org
http://www.sosolar.co.za