September 7th, 2011 Alex
Mathieu Young took some cool pictures of The Moonlight, which is a solar lantern built and designed for Cambodians by Kamworks in 2009. Over 70% of Cambodia has no public access to power grids and traditionally, kerosene lamps were used but can be very unhealthy and dangerous in the straw and wooden houses in Cambodia. The MoonLight is also very affordable and can be rented for less than $0.08/day. The features and benefits of the Moonlight listed below from Kamworks, shows basically no reason for anyone to ever use kerosene lamps in Cambodia again.
• Rain water proof
• Yellow cord
• Handy pole support
• Separate panel (allowing to keep lamp inside)
• Flexible useage
• Longlasting LEDs.
The MoonLight is a perfect alternative for traditional lights, reducing household spending. Field tests in Cambodia have shown that rural villagers find the MoonLight much better than a kerosene lamp:
• Payback time is less than 1 year compared to kerosene
• Much brighter light than a kerosene lamp
• No fire risk
• The Moonlight is not affected by the wind