Our Gallery at One Market just set up twelve new exhibits that come under the heading of Design in the Public Interest. These exhibits feature products, places, and processes where design is used for common good instead of monetary profit. In a series of twelve blog articles over a few weeks, I thought I would pick them off one at a time. So far I have covered over half of them:
- See Better to Learn Better Exhibit
- Laboratory to Learn Exhibit
- Reclaiming Public Space Exhibit
- Making Sanitation Safe Exhibit
- A Platform Worth Spreading Exhibit
- A Building That Heals Exhibit
- Citizen-Powered Change Exhibit
Our eighth one is entitled Illuminating Possibility.
- d.light // more
- Autodesk Inventor // more
- Project Hydra // more
- Autodesk Simulation Moldflow // more
- Autodesk Simulation DFM // more
- Architizer: Architects, You Can Help Save The World! See 5 Remarkable Projects From New Autodesk Exhibition
"There just aren't enough hours in the day!"
It's almost like a modern-day mantra, isn't it? Now imagine if that already too short day effectively ended the second the sun slid below the horizon. It's daily reality for one in four people who don't have access to reliable electricity. Some rely on kerosene lamps, which have been proven dangerous. Others have no alternative to darkness at all.
d.light is changing that, one affordable solar lamp at a time. Their brightly colored lamps, which range in price from $7 to $40 and provide up to 12 hours of light, are designed to withstand use in harsh conditions. The internal circuitry is protected from dust and insects, and the light can survive a two-meter drop. They have multiple brightness settings and come with a cell phone charger. The lights provide up to 12 hours of light.
Here are some facts to shed light on this topic:
- 2.6 billion people in the world don't have access to reliable electricity.
- A prevalent choice for lighting is kerosene which is: expensive, carries a high risk of fires, and is hazardous to human health.
- dlight products offset 288,000 tons of carbon emissions -- the weight of 28 Eiffel Towers.
- d.light products have already touched 7 million people -- 8 times the number of people in San Francisco.
- 1.4 million students use the lamp to study.
In addition, d.light provides educational and economic opportunity. Monika Singh, a 14-year-old student in a village in Uttar Pradesh, describes her own experience: "We begin studying at 7 or 8 p.m. and study for 2.5 hours with the light. The time that we take to study has been reduced, because with good light, we can now study faster." d.light lamps -- including its most recent edition, S1, aimed at students -- allow children like Singh to learn and work beyond sunset, making their future substantially brighter. By the end of 2015, aspires to improve the quality of life for 50 million people; by the end of 2020, 100 million people. Now that's a lot of light. "Light of the world, shine on me..."
Thanks to Global Content Manager, Matthew Tierney, and Brand Marketing Manager, Grace Hom, for content contained in this blog article. This is just one of the many exhibits in the gallery at One Market in San Francisco. The gallery is open to the public on Wednesdays from 12 pm to 5 pm, and admission is free. Visit us.
Light is alive in the lab.