One of the most common figures in off-grid communities is the kerosene lamp. These lamps provide light to the families at dinnertime and the kids as they study at night. However, these lamps are not the safest sources of light - they pose a grave risk of burning down the household if left unattended.
Illac Diaz, founder of Liter of Light, decided to take this everyday object and convert it into solar lamps. We were given a chance to learn how to make these kerosene lamps into the much safer and sustainable solar lamp, courtesy of Liter of Light.
They provide all materials and equipment necessary to build a solar lamp.
The kit provided includes a circuit board, and all the necessary parts needed to complete the board.
This guide will show you which components are attached to certain parts of the circuit board.
While there is no specific order for this, it is best to start with the smaller components and move your way up to the bigger ones.
All that needs to be done is to solder these parts and secure them in place.
Once your board is completed, the batteries are attached, and your board is tested. If successful, the LED should light up!
The friendly technicians will help you secure the circuit boards inside the lamps and test it with the solar panels.
And that’s it! You’ve made your own solar lamp! All under 20 minutes.
We had a fun and educational afternoon thanks to Liter of Light.
If you would like to donate or experience building a solar lamp to be donated to an off the grid community, please visit A Liter of Light.
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Disclosure: This post is a collaboration with Liter of Light and Philippine Artisan Trade. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.
P.S. Liter of Light is holding a Lamp Building Workshop this weekend. See the poster below for details.
Kids (10 years old and above) and adults can all join! Solar lamps built during the workshop will be donated to an off-grid community.
Who: Everyone! Kids must be at least 10 years old to participate.
What: Solar Lamp Conversion
When: June 24, 2017, 1-3 PM
Where: Philippine Artisan Trade, 830 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City
A consumable fee of P100 pesos.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your slot.