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

Revising Standards in line with Technology Developments, Consumer Expectations

The on-going consultation on the revision of the quality standards and performance targets for off-grid lighting products has been extended to 23 August. The consultation seeks to re-assess, update and strengthen the quality standards and performance targets of off-grid lights in order to keep up with, and anticipate market trends, and to incorporate new research … Read More

d.light new product range passes Lighting Global Quality tests

d.light design next-generation product line of portable solar lanterns comprised of the d.light S2, the d.light S20 and the d.light S300 just passed the Lighting Global minimum quality standards and met its recommended performance targets. For the same retail price as their predecessors, the new products feature an enhanced product lifetime and are maintenance-free. They … Read More

A New Solar Lantern Passes Lighting Global’s Quality Tests

A new solar lantern has just passed Lighting Global Quality Standards and met its recommended performance targets. Pharos’ Great White Light, distributed by Solar Green Africa, is both an ambient and task light, with mobile charging capacity. It can be hung from the ceiling, affixed to a beam or a fence or carried around the … Read More

Solar Energy Foundation wins National Energy Globe Award – Again!

The Stiftung Solarenergie – Solar Energy Foundation just won a National Energy Globe Award for its outstanding work in Ethiopia. The award will be officially granted on 5 June 2013, UN World Environment Day. This is the second time that the Stiftung wins the prestigious award. Around 1 million people benefit from the Solar Energy Foundation … Read More

New Eco Design Note on “Restriction of Hazardous Substances

Lighting Global has just released Issue 3 in the Eco Design Notes series: “Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Pico-powered Lighting Products“. The article focuses on health issues related to chemicals that may be used in some pico-powered lighting products. It explains how the RoHS system works and how it could be applied to these … Read More

IFC/World Bank Set Global Standard for Clean Off-Grid Lighting

The IFC/World Bank-supported Lighting Global Quality Test Methodology has become the world standard for clean off-grid lighting products, following its incorporation into an International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) technical specification on 3 April, 2013. Off-grid lighting products, many of which are solar-powered, are typically designed for rural communities without access to electricity in developing countries. About … Read More