A bright idea for Africa (and for you at home!)

As electronics expert Steve Odnoha prepares the curriculum for a new Himalayan Institute vocational training program to be offered to electricians in Cameroon next month, he explains the logic of LED lightbulbs:
In most fluorescent bulbs, the starter is rated for only one or two thousand starts.  If you turn the lights on a few times a day, your bulb burns out long before the 5,000 or 10,000 hours it’s rated for.  LED’s last longer, use less energy and don’t use starters.

Nor do LED bulbs flicker during voltage dips, which happen by the hour in Africa, leaving people in the flickering dark.

Also, LED’s don’t release mercury vapor when they break or are thrown in a landfill, and they don’t generate much waste heat during operation.  Like compact fluorescent bulbs, they are highly efficient; well-made LED bulbs can last as long as 50,000 hours.

LED’s will make an even larger difference in Cameroon, where the power grid is not regulated.  During peak hours, voltage drops by around 30%, halving the efficiency of fluorescent bulbs.

I estimate that the new LED lights will use only half of the power of fluorescent fixtures, thus saving our Cameroon community center significant money. I also encourage our readers to use LED’s in their homes as well!

Your donation makes a lasting difference!

A $25.00 donation will allow us to purchase and safely transport one LED bulb to our community center in Cameroon, West Africa. There they will light up the life for thousands of people who come to use our health center, library, and our various vocational training centers. Please donate now!

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