Nearly 1.6 billion people around the world lack access to electricity, the majority of which live in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Another 1.5 billion have irregular access to the grid. This means that nearly half the world’s population lives in virtual darkness and relies on dangerous and costly sources of lighting. The lack of light at night is more than just an inconvenience – this is life in energy poverty.
‘Luci’ is an inflatable, water resistant bright LED solar lantern with three light settings — dim, bright and emergency flashing. It has the added feature of being collapsible and portable, holding its charge for 3 months, making it maintenance-free and suitable for all weather conditions. The Luci Solar Lantern is designed and manufactured by MPowered, a Benefit Corporation, founded in 2012.
Luci was created to empower the developing world through solar power, providing greater equity to those without access to electricity. The true promise of solar-powered lighting as a solution to energy poverty lies in the opportunities Luci will create for individuals and their communities.
Unlike other solar power products, Luci incorporates the functions of a task light, flash light and diffused lantern. Luci has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and weighs only 3.8 ounces making it compact, lightweight and collapsible for travel, is durable and reliable in extreme weather conditions and can easily be attached to a wall or ceiling. Luci was designed to be independent of a power grid. Luci is the solution where light is inaccessible or unaffordable. Luci is a clean, low-cost, sustainable energy provider. Luci provides a dependable solution where there are unreliable or absent electrical services. once Luci is acquired, there are no further costs associated with lighting.