Lunera Lighting partners with One Million Lights, a non-profit organization to help illuminate developing-world countries

Dec. 16, 2009
Date Announced: 16 Dec 2009Approximately 25% of the world's population lives life with no electric lightingREDWOOD CITY, CA — Lunera™ Lighting, a Silicon Valley company that designs, manufactures, and markets next-generation digital LED lighting, is pleased to announce its partnership with One Million Lights. Lunera engineers are working closely with OML to design and distribute LED lights for its philanthropic program.An estimated 1.6-billion people live a life without electric lighting. They must often get by with inadequate illumination that is provided by an unhealthy, polluting, and costly kerosene lamp."Lunera has initiated, a 'one-plus-one,' time-and-space program to help One Million Lights achieve its ambitious and important goal," stated Michael Lesyna, CEO of Lunera Lighting. "Every Lunera employee donates one hour a month to OML projects. In addition, one percent of the total floor space in our Redwood City, California facility is dedicated specifically for usage by One Million Lights. These two initiatives provide OML with no-cost manpower while significantly lowering their overhead costs."The World Health Organization states that 300 lux of lighting enables an individual to read without eye strain, however typical kerosene lamps used in impoverished communities only provide 10 lux of light. Imagine trying to read a book, or study school work using a paltry 10-lux of light. That is exactly what people in many third-world countries have to do on a daily basis. One Million Lights, a part of the non-profit World of Color, has set out to improve the daily lives of both children and adults in poor rural areas by distributing solar-powered LED lights to schools and homes around the globe.Both Lunera and One Million Lights share the idea that good lighting makes a difference in people's lives. In the case of children in developing nations, lighting improves literacy, extends hours dedicated to education, and makes school more enjoyable."The enjoyment of reading translates into longer reading times and better comprehension," commented Anna Sidana, CEO for One Million Lights. "This in turn has a ripple effect on the overall education level of the student, as reading is the foundation for understanding all school subjects. This is a life changing light and as fundamental as food and water."As its name implies, One Million Lights is dedicated to distributing 1,000,000 lights to underdeveloped areas around the world. Among other things, this will improve the opportunity for children in rural communities to study and learn. The organization arranges the donation of solar-powered LED lights that are eco-friendly, robust, and built specifically for rugged conditions, such as those found in rural, developing nations."We are impressed with what One Million Lights is trying to accomplish, as well as their strategy," said Mark Walsh, Lunera co-founder. "When we founded Lunera, we decided to make it part of our culture to reach out to humanitarian organizations that share our expertise."About One Million LightsOne Million Lights' mission is to improve the daily lives of children and adults by providing clean and healthy lighting. It distributes solar powered LED lights to families around the world. These lights replace environmentally toxic kerosene lamps and enable children to study at night. One Million Lights also works with local schools to increase awareness of global issues. Its goal is to distribute one million (1,000,000) LED lights to replace kerosene lamps. One Million Lights is a part of the World of Color public charity, a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Palo Alto, CA. Visit for more information.About Lunera LightingLunera Lighting is a technology innovator leading the transformation of lighting from traditional fluorescent lighting to energy-efficient LEDs that produce soft, uniform light. It designs, manufactures, and markets high-performance LED lighting fixtures as a direct replacement for fluorescent fixtures commonly found in commercial buildings. The company has created new lighting solutions that improve the quality of light for building occupants, lower energy and operating costs for building owners, and support sustainable building design.Assembled in the USA, Lunera's products adhere to clean manufacturing standards and are particularly attractive to clients seeking LEED certification, since LED lighting substantially impacts LEED points in "green" buildings. The company is a firm believer in social responsibility and has made it part of their corporate philosophy.

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