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Kiran Solar Lantern
Winner - Platinum
Designer: Robin Chilton & Design Team
Design Type: Product, Sustainable Lighting
Company / Organization / School: D.Light
Our team drew upon months of rural field research to ensure that Kiran is matched to the needs of our rural customers: ? The use of a ‘lantern’ form factor resonates with our customers’ ideas of what a light should be - encouraging them to trust in a new technology. The blue colour plays on trends for rural villagers to buy vibrantly coloured products. ? A frosted polycarbonate cup makes Kiran the first lantern to light the area underneath it - adding functionality while reducing cost. ? Kiran’s two brightness settings provide up to 8 hours of bright light on a single day’s charge. An optional AC charge port allows users to mains charge their Kirans if required. ? An inbuilt solar panel is angled for efficient and hassle-free charging in tropical latitudes. ? Kiran’s rugged casing is designed to resist all that hot and dusty environments can throw at it: vents keep batteries cool while a fine mesh keeps out insects, dust and light water sprays. The whole product has been successfully drop- tested from 15m. ? A unique ‘locking’ handle design enables multiple hanging/lighting options. ? A red charge-intensity LED shines when Kiran is charging - helping users orient their panel and vendors explain the product. ? Each Kiran replaces 2 kerosene lanterns.