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Solid state lighting for the developing world: the only solution
Author(s): Rudolfo Peon; Ganesh Doluweera; Inna Platonova; Dave Irvine-Halliday; Gregor Irvine-Halliday
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Paper Abstract

Approximately two billion people, one third of humanity still has no access to electricity, and thus relies on fuel-based lighting, a dangerous alternative of last resort that is unhealthy, expensive, and offers very poor levels of illumination. This lack of light makes it difficult to perform most evening activities including studies by children and adults alike and therefore represents a significant barrier to human development. Over the past five years The Light Up The World Foundation (LUTW) has pioneered the use of the white light emitting diode (WLED) as an alternative home lighting solution, bringing clean, affordable light to thousands of non-electrified homes around the world. The information presented herein is intended to increase awareness of the enormous potential possessed by this emergent technology, "Solid State Lighting" (SSL), to improve the quality of life of millions of people around the world. The feasibility of its implementation is demonstrated with results from comprehensive field experience and laboratory research work. The mutual economic, social and environmental benefits for both stakeholders and SSL suppliers are discussed. Strategies conducive to the dissemination of this technology throughout the developing world are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 2005
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5941, Fifth International Conference on Solid State Lighting, 59410N (14 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.639718
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Rudolfo Peon, Light Up The World Foundation (Canada)
Univ. of Calgary (Canada)
Ganesh Doluweera, Light Up The World Foundation (Canada)
Univ. of Calgary (Canada)
Inna Platonova, Light Up The World Foundation (Canada)
Univ. of Calgary (Canada)
Dave Irvine-Halliday, Light Up The World Foundation (Canada)
Univ. of Calgary (Canada)
Gregor Irvine-Halliday, Light Up The World Foundation (Canada)
Univ. of Calgary (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5941:
Fifth International Conference on Solid State Lighting
Ian T. Ferguson; John C. Carrano; Tsunemasa Taguchi; Ian E. Ashdown, Editor(s)

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