Updated on January 11, 2024


Created on October 30, 2018

LifeLight Home

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Philips Lifelight Home is a solar-powered system that features two lumens with 3 brightness settings and an in-built USB port for universal charging of mobile phones and other electronic devices.

Developed By
  1. Philips
Tested By
  • Lighting Global
Content Partners


Product Description

Philips LifeLight Home is a solar-powered lighting system that comprises two pendant luminaires with 3 LED brightness settings (35, 75, 150 lm) and an in-built USB port for charging phones and other electronic devices. Powered by a 4 W external solar panel and with a Lithium-ion battery (4400 mAh, 3.7 V), it gives up to 20 hours of light when fully charged. Pay-As-You-Go functionality and Bluetooth communication can be added. 

This product was developed by the Philips Africa Innovation Hub with its headquarter in Nairobi, Kenya. It is a center for developing innovations ‘in Africa-for Africa’ in the areas of healthcare, lighting and healthy living.

Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)


Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Philips in partnership with banks, telco companies and microfinance institutions to create financing opportunities for customers.

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include M-KOPA IV Solar Home System and Barefoot Connect 620.

Manufacturing/Building Method

Products are engineered in the Philips Africa Innovation Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, on mass customization.

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

This product is available directly from the manufacturer or for purchase online.

Distributions to Date Status

Distributed Solar Home Systems number is unknown, however, some case studies are reported on the Philips website.

Description of power outputs


Description of light points

2 LEDs

Total lighting service (lumen-hours per solar-day)

525 lumen-hours per solar-day

Peak power rating (Wp)

4 Wp

Battery capacity (kWh; mAh)

4,400 mAh

Nominal battery voltage (V)

3.7 V

Battery type

Lithium ion

User replaceable battery (yes/no)


Remote system diagnostics (yes/no)


Payment structure


Mobile service required (yes/no)


Design Specifications

Design specifications include the 4 W Polycrystalline silicon solar panel, a Lithium-ion battery (4400 mAh, 3.7 V) with an integrated USD port, and the two solar lights with 150 lumens each and 3 light settings: 35, 75, 150 Lm. 

Product Schematics

Technical Support

This is a plug-and-play device with no special training required, however, Philips provides after-sales support and also offers skill development programs where community members learn how to properly maintain the lights. For specific technical support, contact the manufacturer.  

Replacement Components

The product has a 2-year warranty covering manufacturing defects, however, according to Lightning Global, the battery is easily replaceable with common tools.


The Solar Home system battery lifecycle is unknown, however, lumens maintain over 98% of original output after 2,000 hours of run time.  

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

In 2017, Philips was working in a new Solar Home plus system with three light points and extendable to five, with up to four USB outlets and two 12VDC outlets for powering electronic devices, such as fans or TVs. There is no further information about the progress on these performance targets.   

Vetted Performance Status

When connected to the 3,8 Wp polycrystalline silicon module, the battery box powers the 150 Illuminance lamp for 4,8 hours and the 75 Illuminance lamp for 11 hours. Per day of solar charging, it is 3,5 hours for the 150 lm lamp and 7,6 hours for the 75 lm lamp, resulting in a total light output of 320 and 160 lumens, respectively. Total lightning service for this product is 1100 lumen-hours/solar-day for high brightness setting (150 lm lamp) and 1200 lumen-hours/solar-day for medium brightness setting (75 lm lamp).    


This Solar Home System is a plug and play device, however, electrical installation and control guidelines provided by Philips must be followed to avoid electrical shocks.

Complementary Technical Systems

Philips also commercializes two additional solar-powered lanterns models: Philips LifeLight and Philips LifeLight Plus.

Academic Research and References

There is no academic research on this specific product, however the following paper gives a review on solar home systems for rural electrification:

Chaurey, A., Kandapal, T.C., A techno-economic comparison of rural electrification based on solar home systems and PV microgrids. 2010 Jun. Energy Policy. Volume 38, Issue 6, Pages 3118-3129.

LifeLight. n.d. Philips Lighting.

Philips LifeLight Home Set of Two Solar Powered LED Pendant Lamps Phone Charger 40 Hours Battery Life, for Indoors Gardens Sheds Garage Travel Tents Camper Vans Reading Festivals Emergency Lighting : Amazon.co.uk: Everything Else. n.d. www.amazon.co.uk.

Francoeur, Renée. 2015. Philips’ LifeLight to Brighten More African Homes. Electrical Business. April 17, 2015.

Solar-Powered LED Luminaires from Philips Can Brighten the Homes of Millions. 2015. Signify.

Lighting Global. 2018. Solar Home System Kit Quality Standards, Version 2.5. Lighting Global.

Previously Certified Products. n.d. VeraSol.

Compliance with regulations

This product meets the Lighting Global Quality Standards for Solar Home System Kits.  It was valid until the 31st of January in 2018. Since this product is discontinued there is no information about the renew on this permit.

Evaluation methods

Lighting Global verified the battery durability based in the switch and connector cycling, strain relief test and physical ingress protection test. This product meets the Lightning Global Quality Standards for battery durability.

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