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Our Story

We conceived of the LuminAID light when we were students at architecture school in New York City. A devastating earthquake had just struck Haiti, and we asked ourselves what we could design to help survivors of such an event. When we think of our most basic human needs, we often think of food, water, and shelter. But the stories we were hearing of the dangerous conditions at night in the tent cities inspired us to turn our attention to another critical need: light.

We designed an inflatable solar lantern that could pack flat to be cost-effectively distributed after disasters. The simple, rechargeable lantern is lightweight, easy to use, and serves as a safer alternative to hazardous candles or toxic kerosene for people without stable access to electricity. For ten years, we've worked with humanitarian partners across the world to send LuminAID lights to those who need them most.

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Gifting Frequently Asked Questions



Yes and yes! You can add a gift message in the cart before checkout. All of our orders ship with gift receipts, and we have a 100-day return window in case the recipient needs to return or exchange the gift.



Visit our Product Comparison page for detailed specs on all of our products. To compare similar models, our Solar Lantern Buyer's Guide or Solar Phone Charger Buyer's Guide will help you pick the model that's the best fit.



Please visit our Shipping Page for shipping costs and available options. We ship to the US, Canada, and 50 other countries.



For fastest processing, we recommend that you place separate smaller orders for shipment. If you are ordering a discounted bundle and would like to split shipments to multiple addresses, we can help you so you still receive the volume discount. Please email questions@luminaid.com with the details of your order.



  1. Step 1. Add a Give Light sponsorship to your cart. You'll be able to choose the charitable cause, and the amount.
  2. Step 2. Add any other gifts you want, and complete your order.
  3. Step 3. You'll receive a digital confirmation card that you can forward via email, or print and personalize. If you ordered items that require shipping, your package will also include a giftable confirmation card.


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