The MoonLight was officially launched on October 2009. Aiming to replace millions of kerosene lanterns, which are costly in use and present a major fire risk in the straw and wooden Cambodian houses.
The MoonLight was designed by team Lumen. During the design phase, the design team lived in the Cambodian rural countryside for 4 months and used an participatory approach to develop the product. Rural people need a portable lamp. Different rooms are to be lit during the evening hours, and most consumers cannot afford more than one lamp. Furthermore, a dimmed light during the entire night was needed, to orientate in the dark and to feel safe at night. The rural households selected the final design from 4 concepts.