D.light Design has launched the Kiran, a low-cost solar lightingsolution, designed especially for households without access to
electricity. The Kiran retails at USD10, making it affordable for most
low-income families throughout the developing world.
The Kiran is five times brighter than a kerosene lantern and can be fully charged in a day under the sun. It provides bright, 360-degree illumination for working, studying, or traveling. There are two light settings, which offer up to 8 hours of light on a full charge. With an integrated solar panel and a multiple-setting handle, the lantern is extremely flexible and easy to use. For households with access to grid electricity, the Kiran can also be AC-charged with a standard Nokia phone adapter.