For power starved India, a rechargeable study lamp

January 15th, 2009 - 8:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, Jan 15 (IANS) Indian students are among the worst sufferes of power shortages in the cuntry, as the light goes off so often during the peak evening hours. BPL techno vision unveiled a rechargeable study lamp for them here Thursday.Called ‘StudyLite’, the lamp has been developed in collaboration with Sankara Nethralaya, the Chennai-based eye hospital, to provide, what it called ideal lighting for students.

“We are happy to launch StudyLite, a breakthrough product that provides solution to frequent power cuts across India, hampering the crucial study hour of student community. StudyLite will now provide children uninterrupted light to carry on with their studies,” said BPL Techno Vision Pvt Ltd’s Chief Operating Officer K Gopi at the launch here.

“To make sure children do not suffer from improper lighting, we worked with Sankara Nethralaya, the foremost eye research hospital in the country to come up with the product. Their team of experts helped us in making the first such study light in the country that is scientifically tested for ideal lighting ambience. We also used our engineering ingenuity to create an eco-friendly product that uses very little energy and can run on solar power,” added Gopi.

StudyLite comes with a rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery back-up that could last for six hours.

The light source used in StudyLite is 24 set of light-emitting-diode (LED) bulbs to provide flicker free, white light, with no ultra violet infra red radiations.

“Further, LEDs typically use only ten percent of the power consumed by ordinary light bulbs which makes it highly efficient. LEDs also last up to 50 times longer than conventional compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) or incandescent light bulbs. StudyLite uses a dual power source. It can be powered either via mains power supply or through a solar panel that BPL provides as an additional accessory,” Gopi said.

Priced at Rs.1,690, the lamp is now available in Chennai and Bangalore. “Soon we will launch the product across India,” said Gopi.

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