LuminAID: Harnessing the Power of the Sun

Luminaid solar lanterns

Originally designed to provide comfort and safety to emergency victims, LuminAID solar lights are popular with campers, hikers, kids and anyone who enjoys being outside at night. Inspired by stories of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the company’s co-founders tested field prototypes in India before launching the product on a 500-percent-funded IndieGoGo campaign in 2011.

What is a LuminAID solar light?

These solar powered lanterns provide a great source of light when light is hard to come by. They:
  • pack flat
  • charge on the go
  • are lightweight
  • remain waterproof
LuminAID currently offers four types of LED solar lights with varying size capacity. Available worldwide for use by everyone from emergency victims to campers to late-night swimmers, LuminAID products charge in 10 hours can last up to 50 hours when set to low. The PackLite 16, PackLite Nova, PackLite Spectra and PackLite Max USB are all products of two women’s ingenuity and passion for giving back.  

Where It All Began

LuminAID creators Andrea Sreeshta and Anna Stork

As students in Columbia University’s architecture program, Andrea Sreeshta and Anna Stork were asked to design a product to assist post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti; quickly, they considered the dangerous nighttime conditions and turned their attention to another critical need: light.

From building the first 50 solar emergency light prototypes by hand to supplying Doctors Without Borders with 20,000 lights and from receiving offers from all five sharks on ABC’s Shark Tank to getting a new product get fully funded on Kickstarter in just eight hours, these two MA-Architecture product developers have stopped at nothing from bringing light to the world.

“For me, light has always represented hope,” said Stork. “Light is the beginning of freedom to dream of the future.”

Give Light, Get Light

The 1.6 billion people worldwide who do not have access to electricity agree with Stork - light is a symbol of hope. More than 25,000 lights have been distributed to charities in more than 60 countries with the Give Light, Get Light program that Spark Energy offers its Prepare and Protect Plan members.

Be prepared for almost any storm with our Prepare & Protect plan.

Simply sign up online and we’ll send you a LuminAID solar-powered inflatable light that will help you and your family weather any storm by giving you a light source that you can recharge as often as necessary -- making sure you have light when you need it the most.  

Get Light.

Once you’re a customer, you’ll receive a LuminAID PackLite 12 solar light*. This lightweight, waterproof lantern provides 12 hours of light per charge and can be easily recharged in the sun. Put it in your family’s emergency kit or use it outdoors at night. You'll get 10,000+ lifetime hours of use from this light.

 The Kikulu Foundation in Uganda provides LuminAID lights to those in need


Give Light.

Nearly two billion people around the world lack proper access to electricity. For every light we send a new customer, we will donate a LuminAID PackLite 16 solar light to a child in need. Working with LuminAID and their relief efforts, these lights will go to one of the following charities:

Enter your zip and signup here to become part of something great!

*To be eligible, customer must enroll in the "Prepare and Protect 12 Plan." To receive LuminAID device, customer must maintain active Spark account in good standing (no past-due balance owed) for 45 days after beginning of service. May not be redeemed for cash.