Signify of the Netherlands (formerly Philips Lighting), reported that the company is introducing two new solar-powered lights. After an initial product launch in India earlier this year, Signify is now offering Philips SunStay, an integrated solar street light, and Philips LifeLight, an innovative solar lantern, in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Vietnam and on the African continent.
SunStay Combines Solar panel, Luminaire, Charge Controller, and Battery
“Solar-powered lighting saves lives and is a lifeline for off-grid communities. Street lighting powered by the sun is one of the fastest growing segments in public lighting and the most sustainable,” said Harsh Chitale, Business Group Leader Professional at Signify. “Our new solar lantern makes the lives of people in off-grid communities significantly better. It helps people feel safer after dark, enables children to study and extends commercial activity beyond daylight hours.”
Signify’s Philips-branded SunStay street light brings together a solar panel, luminaire, charge controller and battery within one housing. This compact combination reportedly makes installation and maintenance easy. The solar panel and battery-equipped luminaire can charge up during daylight hours for operation at night. The company notes that the device helps save on cabling costs, reduces carbon footprint and lowers overall capital and operational expenditure because it does not require connection to power cables.
The device provides outputs of 2,000 and 3,000 lumens and can operate with an efficacy of up to 175 lm/W. Signify asserts that its Philips branded SunStay fixture operates more efficiently than existing solar street lights.
Signify also introduced the Philips branded LifeLight for people in off-grid communities. The lantern features a USB port for charging phones and other devices, which is a widely appreciated feature. The second-generation LifeLight has a new replaceable battery to extend its life further.
On top of bringing light to households without electricity, solar-powered lanterns improve people’s health and may even prevent accidental deaths. can save lives. According to the World Health Organization, fuel-based lighting and heating cause close to 4 million deaths each year as people light and cook their homes through woodfires, candles, and kerosene. This figure is equivalent to the entire population of Cape Town.