Let there be light!

December 04, 2012

In December in the northern hemisphere, days are short and nights are long. Here you can just turn on your lights and carry on doing whatever you want. However, we know that it isn’t like this everywhere: Imagine walking through a dark area where you can’t see what is happening in front of you. What would a light bulb be worth? Would it make you feel safe?

Light bulbs in general are not the real invention here. However, the American company SunNight Solar from Houston, Texas has created a solar bulb called BoGo Flashlight. The flashlight works with efficient LED-bulbs lasting for an average of 100,000 hours. In comparison to ordinary bulbs which only last for an average of 100 hours, the benefits are as clear as day! To recharge the battery via the built-in solar panel all you need is sunlight. When fully charged, the batteries can provide up to 8 hours of light.

But it’s not only the technology which makes the BoGo extraordinary, it is the economical concept which makes the bulb unique: Buy one, donate one. The BoGo is sold on the company’s website and a retail outlet. If one bulb is purchased, another one is donated. SunNight Solar’s non-profit partners, e.g. schools in the USA, troops in Afghanistan, and international development and health groups, provide the flashlights to those in need. In this way, thousands of people in the developing world have been successfully provided with light enabling them to do whatever they have to do when the sun sets.

In this way BoGo combines progressive technology, retail marketability and philanthropy – what an enlightenment!

Caroline Weimann
Caroline Weimann

Caroline Weimann is member of the “empowering people. Award” team at the Siemens Stiftung (foundation). She studied International Law, Economics and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London as well as Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford. Before joining the Siemens Stiftung, she worked on health and development issues at the European Commission and at a consultancy firm for non-profit organizations.


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