Solar lights headed for Bohol

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Thursday, December 5, 2013


ONE hundred solar-powered lights and 33 street lights will be delivered today to Bohol to help them in their power outage problem.

These solar night lights are made of light emitting diode (LED) with a battery connected to a small solar panel that enables battery recharging without the use of electricity.

Since LED light is submerged into chlorinated water that allows the refraction of the light in a 1.5-liter bottle, it is sealed in a hose.

As to the street lights, three solar night lights are hung from a post, which is made of PVC pipes. They will be lighted from 6 p.m. to midnight.

The deployment of these lighting materials will be headed by the “A Liter of Light Foundation” in partnership with the University of San Jose-Recoletos’s Engineering Department.

Students

Some USJ-R engineering students volunteered to produce these solar night lights.

“I volunteered for this project (solar night lights) because, as an ECE (Electronics Communication Engineering) student, it’s applicable to my skills, and at the same time, I can give my help to the victims,” said Julius Chan.

These students are also encouraged to volunteer in delivering the solar night lights to the residents of Loon, Bohol.

The life span of these solar night lights runs from three to five years.

Training

Dr. Virgilio Abellana, the dean of the College of Engineering, said they will also train the beneficiaries in repairing the lights for them to know what to do in case of damage.

There will still be solar night lights to be deployed in the coming weeks to other places with power outage problems.

“We’re planning by next week, we’ll deploy some solar night lights to Laguerta in Lahug, and then the next coming weeks would be to Tacloban, then we’ll also go to northern Cebu,” said Kimberly Kirsten Año, the project director of the Liter of Light Foundation. (Fatima Secuya, USJ-R Mass Comm Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 05, 2013.

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