About this project
We want to THANK Richard and Lauren Hearn for their generous pledge of $7,000 to go to Haiti and deliver a box of SolarPuffs to the girls at the orphanage!!!!
Lauren is Richard's 14 year old daughter who selected this pledge!!!Lauren!!!We are INSPIRED by YOU!!!
THANK YOU!!!! Richard and Lauren you are HUGE HEROS to us!!!!
A little lantern with a HUGE impact.
The SolarPuff is the ideal product. It's a patent pending solar lantern that packs flat and easily pops open into a charming cube of light. Beautifully designed with Origami technology to appeal to everyone from the most discerning design conscious hipster to a hermit living in the hills.It's perfect for emergencies, camping, hiking, boating, around the pool, in the pool, as a night light, in your car... You get the picture, its uses are endless, and it makes for a fabulous house gift.
- Designed with sustainable and high-performance fabric specifically engineered for durability, flexibility and water resistance, and structured for adaptability and recyclability.
- It's light weight, just 2.5 ounces.
- It floats and can withstand complete immersion under water.
- For as many hours as you charge it in the sun, it will provide light for just as long. For example, 5 hours of charging in the sun will provide illumination to light up a 10 X 10 room for 5-8 hours. Charge it for 8 hours and it will light for 8-12 hours.
- It has a shelf life of over three years.
How It Works
Our lantern distinguishes itself from other solar lanterns because of its modern flatpack pop-open design. The purpose of the SolarPuff's design component is fostering our belief in good design for all, in both the first world and third world countries.
The SolarPuff looks stunning traversing poolside to camp side to Subsaharan huts. Our product is engineered to flatten and then pop open into a clean, beautiful, modern cube lamp which is a critical distinction for transforming poverty into dignity.
This little light flat packs to 0.25 inches and can fit in any back pocket. It boasts 100 lumens and can fully charge in the sun in 8 hours lasting for 8-12 hours of light. If you only get to charge it for 5 hours, it’s ok, it will still last for 5-8 hours of light.
The circuit contains a photovoltaic solar panel, 10 bright white LEDS and a lithium-ion polymer battery. Although the circuit is made in China, the special fabric of the expandable bladder which is the light disfusing element, is made in Connecticut.
It is specifically engineered to withstand extreme outdoor environments. This product is revolutionizing the way we light our world. It is a formidable champion of beautiful, mobile, modern, and sustainable lighting, simply using the limitless renewable awesomeness of our sun.
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A Little History
This light was first developed by Alice Min Soo Chun for emergency relief after the Haiti earthquake. In 2010, while teaching at Columbia University, Alice returned from Haiti and converted her architecture lab into an innovation center for disaster relief. Alice shared her years of research on integrating thin film substrates with photo voltaics and the idea of an inflatable solar light with the goal of creating sustainable solutions for disaster relief. The first prototype for the SolarPuff, along with all other inflatable solar lanterns currently on the market, were born in her lab. Alice holds four patents for the inflatable solar lantern and solar light assembly.
Where we are Today
It took quite a few prototypes to find the right fabric, best components and the unparalleled design. We wanted to make sure the fabric was non-toxic (PVC free) to the environment and full recyclable. We finally produced the perfect combination this past summer (2014).
In September 2014, we signed a licensing agreement with a distributor in Japan who received their first order for SolarPuffs in December 2014. All have sold and they are awaiting their next shipment.
In March 2015, we signed a distribution agreement with a Caribbean distributor and we are currently speaking with other distributors in India, Belgium, UK, Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Nairobi, Singapore and Hong Kong for starters.
Who "WANTS" A SolarPuff?
This superior solar inflatable light is great for the home, gardens, pools, boating enthusiasts, camping, hiking, corporate premiums and military applications. It is also the most ideal lantern for emergency and disaster relief, due to its light weight and it's the most hygienic since there is no need to use your mouth to inflate.The light weight design makes for lower shipping costs and its foldability allows for dense packing of 80+ units per box. The high tech fabric creates a delightful dispersion of light. Every household on the earth would benefit from owning a SolarPuff. It's the perfect gift for everyone.
Who "NEEDS" A SolarPuff?
The IFC (International Finance Corporation) estimates that globally, over 1.6 billion people – possibly as high as 3 billion – are living without access to reliable electricity.
According to figures from the International Energy Agency, at least 20% of the planet's inhabitants are still without the simple luxury of a light switch.
So how do they light their homes and cook their food? They are using kerosene, wood, crop waste, charcoal, coal and dung. Worldwide, over 500 million households use kerosene, for lighting.
According to studies conducted by Dr. Evan Mills, founder of the Lumina Project, an initiative that promotes low-carbon alternatives to fuel-based lighting, "kerosene (or as he refers to it, "dirty lighting") consumes 77 billion liters of fuel worldwide, costing its predominantly impoverished end-users a total of $36 billion annually."Kerosene costs 25 to 30 percent of a family’s income — globally. The poor do not use kerosene because it is cheap — they are kept poor in significant part because they must rely on expensive, dirty kerosene. .
What We Want to Do
With your help, we can revolutionize how people are lighting their homes. We want people to be prepared with a SolarPuff in their home for when the next Hurricane Katrina or Sandy hits and we want to provide clean sustainable lighting to those that need it most.
Calculated from research, if everyone in the United States used a SolarPuff for one hour a day instead of a regular light bulb, it would save over 11 BILLION tons of CO2 emissions from going into the air each year!!
In the United States 75% of the air pollution in urban areas is due to energy consumption from buildings. Solight Design wants to design and manufacture beautifully architected solar solutions that people will want in their homes and, at the same time, help eradicate pollution, poverty and excessive energy consumption!
We don't want to stop there! We want to change the reliance on dirty fuels to light the homes of people living off the grid. Globally there are at least 1.6 billion people without reliable access to electricity. This lack of access to efficient energy becomes even more apparent in rural areas of developing countries where most lighting is fueled by kerosene, which is not only toxic but extremely expensive, creating a vicious cycle of poverty.
The HELIX vs PUFF:
Many of our supporters have been asking how the Helix and Puff are different. Well the Helix is a Twist and a little more compact than the SolarPuff. It is made from recyclable TPU, a thermoplastic that has a unique memory for shape retention. you can see in the video here that a slight push will start the deflation process in motion and it will remember to flat pack back to a square. Also the light is more uniform than the SolarPuff since the SolarPuff has more a a spectrum of light. The SolarPuff has a ziplock pouch for packaging and the Helix has a paper packaging. The SolarPuff light diffuser is made from a Sail Cloth Fabric that is made in the USA and the Helix light diffuser material (TPU)is made in China. Hope this helps!
Who Are We?
Alice Min Soo Chun is a Co-Founder and CEO of Solight Design and the inventor of the Solar Inflatable Light: SolarPuff. She is Professor of Design and Material Culture at Parsons the New School and was the Director of the Materials Resource Lab. She was Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and at the University of Pennsylvania. After many years of research in integrating solar photo voltaics with thin film substrates, she developed the first prototype for the solar inflatable light in 2009. When the Haiti earthquake happened, she turned her studio at Columbia University into an innovation studio for developing solutions to help Haiti, and then the application of the solar inflatable light became the Solarpuff. She has built award-winning community outreach projects; her work has been published in the New York Times, Architectural Record, Dwell, and The Journal of Architectural Education. Her book entitled GROUND RULES in Humanitarian Design, published with Wiley Press in 2015, is about design principles for the long-term sustainability.
Stacy Kelly is a Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Solight Design. Stacy has the dual role of being responsible for managing the manufacturing and shipment of our products while also developing strategic business relationships. Solight Design is Stacy’s third entrepreneurial venture. She sold her first to American Health Magazine. In 2007, Stacy founded her second venture, Mobile Previews, a mash-up of mobile video streaming, SMS alerts, sharing and polling in one mobile application. In between start-ups Stacy worked as a publisher for some of the largest media companies in the world such as ABC, Disney, Reed Elsevier, Entrepreneur Media and Advanstar across a variety of markets and digital platforms, including. entertainment, toys and licensing. It was as publisher of Entrepreneur’s Business Start-Up that she realized that her real passion is in helping new businesses find their markets and build out their sales and business development strategies. Stacy received her MBA from San Francisco State University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut.
Alison Thompson is the First official Ambassador to the Haiti Ministry of Environment. On September 11, 2001 Alison was a first responder at Ground Zero and volunteered there for nine months. In 2004, Alison flew to Sri Lanka after the Asian tsunami and remained for two years operating a field hospital and rebuilding a village. There she was named the Angel of Galle by the Sri Lankan people where she founded the first Community Tsunami Early-warning/Disaster Center in Sri Lanka. Alison helped manage a 65,000 person IDP camp and field hospital. Alison then Co-founded WeAdvance, an organization combating gender-based violence throughout Haiti. Alison created The Third Wave volunteer Disaster aid command center in The Rockaways, NY after the Hurricane Sandy disaster in New York, and another Third Wave chapter in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. Her Random House book "The Third Wave" is about inspiring others to volunteer. In 2010, Alison was awarded the 'Order of Australia' by Australian Government and Queen Elizabeth II for her contribution to mankind. She was also awarded the 'Medal of Excellence' by US Army General Simeon Trombitas. Alison lectures on volunteering, women's rights and CSR via the American Program Bureau to colleges and corporations worldwide.
We need capital and your support to:
- Scale inventory
- Lower COG
- Build Infrastructure
- Build-out worldwide distribution
- Marketing, advertising and PR
- Bring the Helix from prototype to reality
- Product development & research
Just added to aid Nepal
Pledge $25 or more
NEW NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF: GIVE ONE. To aid the Nepal people we've added a new reward. Give one (1) SolarPuff to Nepal Disaster Relief. Thank you. Estimated delivery: May 2015
Pledge $50 or more
NEW NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF: GET ONE, GIVE ONE. To aid the Nepal people we've added a new reward. Give one (1) to Nepal Disaster Relief and get one (1) for yourself. Do good, feel good. Thank you for your support. Estimated delivery: May 2015 Only ships to: Canada, United States, European Union
Pledge $1,900 or more Limited reward (2 left of 2) NEW NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF: GIVE ONE FULL BOX: To aid the Nepal people we've added a new reward. Give an entire box of SolarPuffs to Nepal Disaster Relief. You'll be sending useful aid to those that need it most right now. Estimated delivery: May 2015
What's the difference between the SolarPuff and the SolarHelix?
The major difference between the two products is that the Helix is made of recyclable TPU which is a translucent ThermoPlastic and the SolarPuff is made of recyclable PET(Polyethylene terephthalate).
The other differences include:
- Light dispersion - The Helix disperses the light uniformly. Whereas the SolarPuff, has a spectrum of light dispersion and is prism-like as the light transfers through the high tech fabric material.
- Folding technology - Both use origami principles yet the Helix is a twist fold and pack motion. The SolarPuff has a pinch and fold motion.
- Costs - TPU is less expensive and allows us to produce a economical version of the SolarPuff.
In all other components and functions, they are the same. They both float as the solar circuit is completely protected in a vacuumed sealed bladder. They both recycle. They charge the same and have the same lumenosity. They have equal lighting and will last just as long. And, finally, both have three settings, low, high and flash.
Check out the video at the top of the page to see how we demo the SoalrPuff vs the Helix,
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You get a "Thank You" note and our immense gratitude!! You are making a difference!!!
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You get a star
You get an origami star that glows in the dark. The little star inspired by origami principles, along with our immense gratitude. Estimated delivery: May 2015
Pledge $25 or more
Do Good, feel good
You will be providing one (1) SolarPuff to RMOF Orphanage in Haiti. RMOF.org is Reviel Matine Orphange Foundation where they provide a home and education to orphaned girls from the age of 18 months to 14 years old. Estimated delivery: June 2015
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Be the first on your block
You get two (2) SolarPuffs and our immense gratitude! You are making a big step in helping to provide clean light for all! Estimated delivery: June 2015 Ships anywhere in the world
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Get a First Edition of the SolarHelix
Get two(2) SolarPuffs + one (1) SolarHelix and give one (1) SolarHelix to the RMOF Orphanage, in your name. You are making a big impact providing and using energy free lighting, as well as giving clean safe lighting to the girls at the orphanage. Estimated delivery: July 2015
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Get three (3) SolarPuffs and give two (2) SolarHelix to the RMOF Orphanage and our Immense gratitude! You are making a huge difference to the environment and for the orphaned girls. Estimated delivery: Jul 2015
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Get seven (7) lights: Five(5) SolarPuffs + two (2) SolarHelix. You rock the world with clean light, saving tons of carbon emissions, You will have our undying gratitude! Thank you. Estimated delivery: Jul 2015
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You get ten SolarPuffs-give them as gifts to friends and family or light up your entire patio ; Travel and camp with your SolarPuffs. You are a Warrior of Light. Estimated delivery: June 2015
Pledge $480 or more
You will get ten(10) SolarPuffs + ten (10) SolarHelixs and our undying and immense gratitude! We thank you. You are our Hero. Enjoy carbon free lighting for all, Give them as gifts to your your friends, children, and or relatives. Share the light! Estimated delivery: July 2015
Pledge $7,000 or more
Trip to Haiti
A trip for two (2) to Haiti (flight and hotel) for 3 days, 2 nights and spend a day touring the orphanage and Port au Prince with Alice Chun, the inventor of the SolarPuff and Helix. In addition you will be delivering one full box of SolarPuffs to the Orphanage in your name and you will get a big, giant "Thank you" on our website and in all of our press releases and media. Estimated delivery: Jun 2015
Thank you. Your support will make a difference in a lot of lives. Share the light!
Risks and challenges
We have the challenge of getting the SolarPuff into the market with as much vigor as possible. We need the capital to invest in larger orders, to drive down our overall COG, to build out our distribution network and for marketing and product development. Every light we sell at retail will help us to provide clean, sustainable and affordable lighting for those in need.
Thus far we have sold all that we have manufactured. Your support will allow us to scale our inventory and to market and distribute the SolarPuff and the Helix worldwide.
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