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The Kiran By D.light Is The World’s Most Affordable Solar Lamp

The Kiran By D.light Is The World’s Most Affordable Solar Lamp

Kiran Solar Lamp (Images courtesy D.light & Designboom)
By Andrew Liszewski

With a price tag of just $10, the Kiran, created by D.light, is being billed as the world’s most affordable quality solar lamp. It uses highly efficient LEDs to produce about 5 times more light than a kerosene lantern and will run for about 8 hours on its battery when kept on its low setting, or about 4 hours when on its high setting.

A built-in solar panel will fully recharge the battery in about 8 hours (in full sunlight at 25 degrees celsius) or it can be plugged into AC and recharged in just 4 hours. The whole idea of the lamp is to provide a highly affordable and easy to use light source for developing countries and low-income families, and I guess as long as people can remember to recharge it in the daytime it could be a viable alternative.

[ Kiran Solar Lamp ] VIA [ designboom ]







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  • mcman

    I have an idea for another solar product. It would seem that solar panels are coming down in price. Maybe it's time to bump that project up in the order. Why am I talking to myself here? What better place?

    Am I going to attempt to comment on every single subject? Of course I am! What better way to win valuable prizes?

  • Jessicat

    It would be nice if you could buy them at a higher price here, like $15 and every two they sell, they send one over to a selected area. I'm saying 1 to every 2 because I'm sure shipping will need to be handled as well. Like the laptops that they made for developing countries.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19701276 facebook-19701276

    I want one! $10, that's an awesome deal.

  • xBerserker

    Nice to see more solar lamps hitting the market.

  • Gingervitis

    I wonder what the cost to produce these lamps is. It seems like this is a pretty low price point for a product with a solar panel included. Does anyone know if its being done this cheaply intentionally as part of a non-profit group's attempts at providing low cost lighting worldwide?

  • nenriel

    That's a wonderful idea, and it would probably raise their sales quite a bit. I for one am more inclined to buy something if it's going to be helping someone else too.

  • charliehorse43

    cool. I will have to look for this.

  • no_sweat

    Ummmm I don't understand the picture…

  • dubzilla

    Hmm i wonder how long these things will last. However the pic does say “warranty seal”

  • Kouroth

    It looks a lot like a water bottle. I'm glad to see us these kinds of tools becoming available.

  • Anonymous

    This is a great idea at an amazing price. Anyone think desaters like katrina here? This is a potential life saver.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468931781 facebook-1468931781

    Lifesaver here. Katrina is a great example as to the need for things like this. Def ordering a few. Used to live in Orlando and after 30 years of downed lines and trees and days with no power, this little thing would have saved me tons of cash just on generator gas.
    Now I live in the tornado zone of the Ozarks. Not going without light again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468931781 facebook-1468931781

    Lifesaver here. Katrina is a great example as to the need for things like this. Def ordering a few. Used to live in Orlando and after 30 years of downed lines and trees and days with no power, this little thing would have saved me tons of cash just on generator gas.
    Now I live in the tornado zone of the Ozarks. Not going without light again.