A light in the dark

Light after dark

For every SUNNAN solar lamp sold, the IKEA Foundation donates one to UNICEF and Save the Children to help children in India and Pakistan play, read, write and study after dusk.

Donating solar lamps is an important contribution to children in developing countries who struggle to keep up at school because their only opportunity to study is at night after completing household chores.

We’ve sold 700,000 so far. Help us reach one million. Together we can help children with limited access to electricity draw, write and study after sunset.
Powered by sunlight

Powered by sunlight

SUNNAN lamps transform sunlight into electricity. SUNNAN doesn’t need to be plugged-in to provide light. Charge the panel for 9-12 hours in direct sunlight outdoors to get three hours of full lamplight that you can use anywhere indoors.

SUNNAN is more sustainable – not only does it use the power of the sun, but also Light Emitting Diodes (LED) that offer a significantly longer lifespan than traditional bulbs.

How to charge SUNNAN

Remove the solar panel from the lamp. Make sure the surface is clean.

Charge outside and in direct sunlight for 9-12 hours.
When fully charged, SUNNAN will provide approximately 3 hours of light.

Note: Charge time can vary due to season, temperature, sun strength, and battery life.

FAQ

SUNNAN lamps transform sunlight into electricity. SUNNAN doesn’t need to be plugged-in to provide light. Charge the panel for 9-12 hours in direct sunlight outdoors to get three hours of full lamplight that you can use anywhere indoors.

The IKEA Foundation donates one SUNNAN lamp for every one sold in IKEA stores worldwide. This enables children in homes without electricity to read, write and draw after dusk. The lamps have so far been delivered to children in India and Pakistan through our partners Save the Children and UNICEF.

1. What is solar power?
Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity (also called photovoltaics ). The solar panel is placed in direct sunlight and angled towards the sun. When the sunlight reaches the solar panel, it is converted into energy. This energy is stored in the batteries of the solar panel. The batteries produce electricity, which is used to power SUNNAN.

2. How does SUNNAN work?
The solar panel must be charged in direct sunlight. Remove the solar panel from the lamp and charge the panel for 9-12 hours in direct sunlight outdoors. A full charge will give you three hours of full lamplight that you can use anywhere indoors.

Generally, charging time will vary depending on the season, temperature, and strength of the sun and battery life. For example, if it is a cloudy day it can take more than 12 hours to charge. Dirt or dust on the solar panel could hinder the product from charging.

3. What are the benefits of SUNNAN?
SUNNAN does not use any electricity, and will help conserve energy. Not only does SUNNAN use the power of the sun, but it also utilizes Light Emitting Diodes (LED) that offer a significantly longer lifespan than traditional bulbs.

It is virtually cost-free to install SUNNAN because there is no need for wiring, electrical delivery, or professional assistance.

4. How has SUNNAN quality been improved?
The original LED has been replaced by 3 smaller LED with higher efficiency and therefore lower power consumption. This enables the improved SUNNAN to stay lit for almost 40% longer when fully charged.

5. How many times can SUNNAN be charged?
SUNNAN batteries can be fully charged and discharged to minimum level at least 500 times. If the batteries are only partially charged when recharged the cycle number is increased.

The possible number of charging cycles can also be limited by factors that include high ambient temperature, very humid conditions, and battery life.

6. How do I recycle SUNNAN?
It is advised to remove the batteries, separate the materials, and leave the electrical and electronic parts in the electrical waste/hazardous waste.

7. How do I replace the batteries?
Follow five simple steps to change the batteries:
1. Open the solar panel by unscrewing the bottom part of the solar panel.
2. Remove and recycle the 3 batteries.
3. Insert 3 new rechargeable 1.2V HR6/AA type batteries.
4. Close the solar panel by screwing the bottom part back on.
5. Follow the charging steps before using the SUNNAN.  

8. What type of batteries does SUNNAN use?
SUNNAN comes with 3 rechargeable batteries (1.2V HR6/AA type).

9. Can you charge SUNNAN indoors?
SUNNAN needs to be charged outdoors in direct sunlight.

10. What are Light Emitting Diodes (LED)?
Light Emitting Diodes have been around since the 1960s. They’re in traffic signals, airport information signs, and the break lights of cars. An evolution in lighting has made it possible to bring LED lighting into homes. And that is great news because of its many positive environmental and energy consumption benefits. .

11. How does LED work?
Well, it’s totally different than the old incandescent bulbs we’ve grown up with. Incandescent bulbs light up because of an electrical current passing through a thin filament, heating it to a temperature that produces light.

The light emitted from LED bulbs comes from the movement of electrons in a semiconducting material (like tiny microchips in an electric circuit). Brilliant, isn’t it?

12. What are the advantages of LED?
LED consumes up to 80 percent less energy than traditional (incandescent) lighting and lasts more than 20 times longer than traditional bulbs. With a lifetime of approximately 15 years there is no need to frequently change bulbs – built-in LED can even last twice as long. LED is also mercury-free.

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IKEA donates one SUNNAN solar powered lamp to UNICEF and Save the Children for each one sold.