Turn Long Summer Days into Long Summer Nights with LuminAID

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LuminAID solar powered lights provide up to 16 hours of LED light, Perfect for outdoor nighttime adventures this summer.

The Polar Vortex wreaked havoc over much of the United States this winter, which means most people are itching to spend as much time outdoors this summer as possible. The good news is there are endless options for how to enjoy the warmer weather and if one is properly prepared, those long summer days can turn into long summer nights thanks to an innovative solar powered, inflatable light called LuminAID (http://www.luminaid.com).

Originally designed to provide relief and safety at night in areas of the world hit by natural disasters, LuminAID has gone on to become a must have summer accessory to pack in your beach bag, backpack or on your bike. It packs flat and inflates to create a lightweight waterproof lantern. When charged outside in direct sun for 7 hours, the light can provide up to 16 hours of LED light and features two settings – low and high. LuminAID lanterns are 100 percent waterproof making them a safety tool for boaters as well.

“LuminAID lanterns not only provide safe lighting at night, but also help extend daytime events into evening outings so the fun doesn’t need to stop,” said Andrea Sreshta, co-founder of LuminAID. “The lights are compact and lightweight enough to carry with you at all times so you’re ready for whatever summer adventure awaits you.”

There are endless opportunities to use a LuminAID lantern this summer. Here are a few recommendations from Sreshta:

•Bike the Night: Clip onto a bike to help light the path home at the end of the summer street fair or to keep kids safe while riding around the neighborhood.

•Who needs a campfire: LuminAID lights provide a 10 square foot area of light. The lanterns make a great back up for when the campfire won’t start or are off limits.

•Backyard Movie Night: String the lanterns on a rope to provide a lighted walkway and to create more ambiance at the next backyard movie fest.

•Beach bag Must Have: The best time at the beach is at sunset and when it’s not quite time yet to leave the tranquil setting, turn on a LuminAID lantern and continue the fun.

•Go ahead, Sail Away: LuminAID lanterns are inflatable and waterproof making them an essential part of the safety kit on sailboats and other watercrafts.

•Impromptu dinner under the stars: Escape the heat in the kitchen and enjoy an alfresco dinner under the stars in the comfort of your own backyard. LuminAID lights can be hung from trees or laid out in a heart shape to make dinner even more romantic.

•Rock the Night with Light: Don’t let the bugs bite as the final band plays their last song at the music festival. Illuminate the night and tell the bugs to buzz off.

•First Camping Excursion: Surprise the kids with their first camping kit complete with a canteen, healthy snacks, a sleeping bag and LuminAID. Then head out for their first outdoor overnight – whether it’s in the backyard or national state park.

#myLuminAID Photo Contest

The founders of LuminAID are always inspired by how and where their fans use the lanterns, which is why they’re issuing a challenge to customers and fans around the world to Light the Night with LuminAID. Post a creative picture of the LuminAID lantern in-use to LuminAID’s Facebook page tab (https://www.facebook.com/LuminAID), Instagram, or Twitter, and use the hashtag #myLuminAID for a chance to be featured on LuminAID channels as well as a chance to win great prizes including a grand prize collection of LuminAID’s favorite lightweight travel gear. Go ahead and stay outdoors this summer. Extend the fun and feel safe with LuminAID.

About LuminAID

When one thinks of the most basic human needs, one often thinks of food, water and shelter. But when architecture graduate students Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta were asked to design a product to assist post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, they considered the dangerous conditions at night in the tent cities and turned their attention to another critical need: light. They designed the LuminAID light to be easily distributed in time of need by packing and shipping flat. To date, through its partnership with NGO’s and relief organizations, LuminAID has assisted thousands of women and children by providing access to light in dangerous situations. Through the Give Light, Get Light program, people who purchase a special LuminAID light for themselves and simultaneously sponsor one to help make light more accessible and sustainable for all.

An individual LuminAID light retails for $19.95 and is sold at specialty retail store or via http://www.luminaid.com or http://www.amazon.com. The Give Light, Get Light package retails for $27.95 (http://www.luminaid.com only).

About the Founders

Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta met while studying architecture and design in graduate school. They shared an interest in solar lighting technology and a common belief that design and design thinking can be used to solve problems at a global scale, including improved access to basic resources such as lighting and power. From there, LuminAID was born.

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