The standard light bulb has come a long way in recent years. Sure we’ve all heard of LEDs and CFLs, but you’d be hard pressed to find a person who is familiar with “solar light bulbs.”
A gift of more than 500 of the world’s only solar light bulb from The Light Center in Fort Collins, Colo., arrives this week in Moore, Okla., where many tornado victims remain without electricity. Red Cross workers will distribute the bulbs both to illuminate the dark nights and to lighten the struggling emotions of people dealing with the devastation of back-to-back storms.
“We found out there were still people without electricity, and we thought it was a perfect fit,” said Jennifer Guerriero, co-owner of The Light Center, a small family-owned business. “At night, a little light goes a long way towards an overall sense of comfort and safety. The thought of a child sitting in a dark room due to electric outages just didn’t sit well with us. We knew we had a unique solution with Nokero’s solar light bulbs. They’re very portable.”
The bulb, which stores solar energy, was developed by Nokero to provide lighting in developing countries that lack electricity so that people would no longer depend on electric infrastructure. “We have one in our showroom and its ability to hold a charge for a very long time is impressive,” said Guerriero.
Guerriero and co-worker Lisa Wilson had the bright idea to send bulbs to Oklahoma when Wilson was telling Guerriero about the impact of a tornado in Wyoming several years ago that killed her infant nephew and seriously injured her sister-in-law. “Jennifer and I were talking about what we could do to help aside from a monetary donation,” Wilson said. “After visiting with the Red Cross and understanding the emotional toll it takes on families to rebuild after such devastation, we thought that solar light bulbs would fill a huge void in Oklahoma.”
The Light Center, opened in Fort Collins, CO in 1971 and owned by Guerriero and Larry Edwards, provides residential and commercial lighting consultation and supplies, with more than 300 product lines including the Nokero bulbs, also from Colorado.
Thanks to The Light Center and Nokero’s solar lighting technology, the night is just a little bit brighter in Oklahoma.
Nokero LED solar light bulb Jennifer Guerriero and Lisa Wilson