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Illumination & Displays

Lighting up the darkness in rural Africa

Philips has partnered with KITE, a not-for-profit Ghanaian organization, to bring artificial light to villages that have no electricity.

Philips developed three products using LEDs; their low power consumption means that the lantern charged during the day will light for seven hours, the flashlight should never burn out, and the reading light's lower power consumption dramatically reduces the need to change batteries.

Full story from New York Times Bits blog.

Other lighting projects in the developing world: An interview with Dave Irving-Halliday, Light Up the World Foundation.