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Rural Lighting

Lighting is taken for granted in industrial countries. It is hard for many people to imagine living at night without being able to obtain light at the flick of a switch.This fact sheet looks at challenges that rural off-grid communities face in obtaining light and electricity, and possible solutions.

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Neil Noble said:

We agree with using solar panels. The issue comes balancing the cost of the equipment with what's delivered in lighting terms so sometimes the output of the light is small to keep the cost down. Solar lanterns are improving all the time so now it is possible to get good reliable lights that are not too expensive for many people.


Caroline Hope said:

Lamp in Nepal giving very little light. Strain on eyes. How about solar pannels?


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