When women put their heads together, incredible things can happen. Such was the case when architecture grad students – Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta – met, and were asked to design a product to assist the 2010 post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. They turned their attention to the critical need for light. The result was the LuminAID, a super cool, solar-powered light that inflates to create a lightweight, waterproof “lantern”, proven to be as useful in global crises and natural disasters as during a camping trip.

Designed, in part, for ease of shipability to populations of people in need as well as grab-and-go portability for individuals, Anna and Andrea’s LuminAID light starts as a flat, compact rectangle that’s not much larger than most smart phones and weighs only 3 ounces. It simply unfolds to become an inflatable, waterproof bladder outfitted with a solar-panel and rechargeable battery that power its heart and soul… an extra bright LED light.

At first glance, we noticed that the LuminAID light’s embedded hardware pack bears a striking resemblance to a first generation iPod. Coincidence or intention? Either way, we love products that blend substance and purpose with smart design.

LuminAID_inflatable_light_foldedAnd get this… the LuminAID light can also FLOAT when fully inflated. They really thought of EVERYTHING!

How It Works

LuminAID How It WorksWant to see the LuminAID in action? Here’s a great video that demonstrates the simplicity of its genius.

Must Have & Thank You

Having just lived though the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, those of us in her destructive path were quickly reminded how critical and comforting light is to our lives and well-being. As batteries can go scarce, candles can be dangerous, and the power grid can be disabled over an extended period of time, we think this safe and portable source of renewable light is a MUST HAVE for home, car, boat, first-aid kit, disaster preparedness backpack, etc. At $18.95, it’s also a no brainer purchase.

We felt particularly grateful after learning that through one of their partners – Can-Do.org – LuminAID recently distributed their lights on the ground in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Being based in and all around New York City and knowing, first-hand, how great our area’s needs were, the WYSK Team would like to thank Anna and Andrea for their generous gesture of relief to our Tri-State friends and neighbors.

LuminAID Floating

Give Light, Get Light

You might be shocked to know that 1.6 billion people around the world lack proper access to electricity. Many of these people are forced to rely upon dangerous, toxic, and expensive kerosene lanterns as their primary source of light.

Through their Give Light, Get Light program, LuminAID partners with NGOs and non-profits all over the world to distribute LuminAID Lights to individuals who will greatly benefit from a safe, rechargeable light source. Through this program, they have distributed thousands of lights in more than a dozen countries to individuals in need of a better, safer, and cleaner source of light.

You can join LuminAID’s mission to make light more accessible and sustainable for all by purchasing a light for yourself and sponsoring one through their Give Light, Get Light program. Each Give Light, Get Light purchased, sends a matching light to someone who will greatly benefit from a safe, rechargeable light source.

LuminAID lights donated to students in a village in Vanuatu