Empowering youth to change the world with simple technology



The technology for Lighting

for Literacy began with four simple pieces:


A 12-volt, off-the-shelf battery


A simple solar panel


A charge control circuit


An LED strip


With these simple components, we can:


  • light a room (equivalent to a 60 watt light bulb) for up to four hours


  • charge a phone


  • charge a Kindle

10W Solar Panel

LED Array (5W)

Current Controller

Sealed lead acid

battery (7Ah)

Phone Charger

The Technology

Off-grid home illuminated by

LFL lighting at night

LFL kits ready

for deployment

Video summary of Windsor workshop development, an overview of assembly and deployment to Zambia, Ghana and Nicaragua


First Generation Charge Controller PCBA

(Deployed in Colonet)

The initial prototype has been improved as Lighting for Literacy has evolved

Solar Panel Terminal

Battery Terminal

LED Terminal

First Generation Charge Controller for Middle School STEM curriculum

(Off-the-shelf Charge Controller)

Next Generation Charge Controller

with Cell Phone Charger

Battery Charger Board PCBA

Terminal Block Connections


Solar Panel

Battery Leads


Battery Charger Board PCBA

Battery Charger Board PCB

Cell Phone Charger

Solar Panel



Basic Installation Steps:

• Preparation

• Box and battery

• Solar panel

• LED strip

• Flip the switch

LFL Installation Preparation

Junction Box and Battery Installation

Solar Panel Installation

LED Installation

Typical Installation

     This isn't rocket science.  Anyone with the desire can replicate this program.


                                                                                                                         --Co-founder Jess Salem

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