In 2009 a professor visiting from Ghana lamented to faculty at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE) that students from rural parts of their country were unprepared for the rigors of the University. They noted that if the students had access to safe, affordable and reliable lights, they would be able to spend more time studying and also replace the kerosene lamps and candles that cause financial and health issues.

The IEE team, in conjunction with UCSB’s Engineers Without Borders, designed, developed and began distribution of the light in 2010 through the newly created non-governmental organization, Unite to Light. As of 2016, over 70,000 lights have been distributed to 60 countries. 
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