Details of water IP requirement for PV junction boxes coming soon

The Lighting Global team is finalizing the test methods to extend the water ingress protection (IP) requirement to PV module junction boxes. We plan to release these new methods within the coming month and will provide manufacturers with a 3-month grace period from the date of release to comply with the new IP requirement. All … Read More

New Quality Standards Become Effective on January 1, 2014

The updated Lighting Global Quality Standards for off-grid lighting products go into effect on January 1, 2014. However, existing products tested under the current standards will retain their “passed” status until their test results expire. The Quality Standards for LED-based off-grid lighting products have been updated with major changes in recent months in response to … Read More

Impact of UV and Heat on Pico-Powered Lights

Lighting Global has published Technical Note Issue 15: “Protection from the Elements Part IV: Radiation Exposure.” The article concludes our four part series examining the environmental durability of pico-powered lighting products. It describes the effects of sunlight exposure on plastic housings and wiring of pico-powered lighting products and includes information on ultraviolet (UV) light damage … Read More

Schneider Electric Brings Fourth Solar Lighting Product to Market

Schneider Electric has successfully tested a fourth solar lighting product which after a day of solar charging, provides bright lighting for up to 13 hours daily. This light, the In-Diya 2 LED Solar Home Lighting System, boasts the longest run time of the four Schneider Electric off-grid lighting products so far tested by Lighting Global. … Read More

Quality Standards now Updated

The Lighting Global team has updated the Quality Standards to encourage the production of higher quality and safer products to better protect consumers. These updates include improvements to the lumen maintenance criteria, inclusion of a battery durability test, a ban on batteries containing cadmium or mercury, a requirement that all PV modules be protected from … Read More

Preventing Electronic Corrosion in Solar Lights

Lighting Global has published the 14th issue of the Technical Briefing Notes titled “Protection from the Elements Part III: Corrosion of Electronics“. This is the third article in a four-part series examining the environmental durability of pico-powered lighting products. The article describes the chemical processes and environmental mechanisms of electronic corrosion in a solar lighting … Read More

Help Define the Future of Lighting Africa

For the past five years, the Lighting Africa program has been working to develop markets for affordable off-grid lighting in Africa. We are now looking to expand the program to another four countries. As a member of the off-grid lighting community, we value your feedback that will inform the design and shape of the next … Read More

Two new portable solar lights meet quality standards

Two new solar lighting products have passed the rigorous Lighting Global quality tests and meet the recommended performance targets. The new entrants will increase the market share of high performing quality-verified lighting products retailing in Africa. The just released Lighting Africa Market Trends Report 2012 shows that more and more manufacturers are now bringing to market … Read More

Environmental durability of pico-powered lighting products

Lighting Global has published the first two of a four-part series examining the environmental durability of pico-powered lighting products. The new Briefing Notes address “Protection from the Elements, with Part I examining “Ingress Protection” while Part 2 examines “Drip Loops and Design”. Part 1 of this series on Ingress Protection (IP) describes industry standard test … Read More

Off-grid lighting market in Africa maturing even faster than expected

Africa is set to become the world’s largest market for clean off-grid lamps, with up to 140 million people having access to better lighting by 2015. This is one of the main findings of the new market research report that Lighting Africa released today. The market for quality off-grid lighting products in Africa has seen … Read More