The NURU Lighting System vs Other Forms of Lighting

Note: Context, target audience living on less than $600 per year in developing countries.

  NURU Lighting System Fossil Fuel Electricity Grid Fossil Fuel Generator Commercial Headlamp
Details The NURU Lighting System, LED lights & POWERCycle generator. Lighting powered from fossil fuels such as kerosene or oil. Electricity obtained from a power grid. Electricity obtained from a fossil fuel powered generator. Commercial camping headlamp, charger & rechargeable batteries.
Cost Under $20 Over $50 Over $50 Over $50 Between $20 & $50
Accessibility * Yes Yes No No No
Reliability Very Reliable Reliable Unreliable Reliable Yes
Safety Very Safe Unsafe Safe Safe Very Safe
CO2 Emissions Zero Yes Often Yes Sometimes
Air Pollution Zero Yes Often Yes Sometimes
Light Efficiency Very High Low Medium to High Medium to High Very High
  • * - Accessibility to the target audience living on less than $600/yr in developing countries.
  • ¶ - Solution is a fire hazard and produces indoor air pollution.
  • † - Air pollution caused from combustion of fossil fuels.
  • ‡ - Varies depending on the type of bulb used.

The NURU PowerCycle Generator vs Other Forms of Charging

  NURU POWERCycle Solar Power Wind Energy Electricity Grid Fossil Fuel Generator
Charging Speed Fast (20 minutes) Slow (1 hour per hour of use) Fast On Demand On Demand
Start Up Cost Under $20 Over $50 Over $50 Over $50 Over $50
Operating Cost $0 $0 $0 Over $50 Over $50
Reliability Very Reliable Weather-dependent Weather-dependent Not Reliable Reliable

See the NURU website for additional information.