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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2017 (PC020404.16) ➔ Improve Light: Improve Life in Refugee Camps


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Ece Ozerdem (designer)
Nathalie Rozot (thesis advisor)
Francesca Bastianini (thesis advisor)




The thesis aims to address the lighting needs of transitional settlements, such as refugee camps, and explore how solar powered LEDs can have a role in improving inhabitant’s daily lives. Energy use [for all types of electrical use] by displaced people is economically, environmentally and socially unsustainable. Solar-powered LEDs can reduce the cost of lighting from the overall budget, and they can also enhance the light quality in a space that has limited to no access to electricity. They are also safer for user’s health than using light sources like kerosene or firewood.



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