Unlike other unreliable, costly and hazardous solutions for off-grid electrification, solar electricity provides customers with constant access to electricity produced by converting sunlight into electricity. The energy is generated through a photovoltaic process and converted into DC electricity stored within a battery and made available for usage on demand. Solar electricity is a clean, sustainable and reliable source of power.
Lumos provides access to affordable, reliable and clean solar energy to millions of people with no access to the electricity grid at a cost comparable or lower to what consumers currently pay for dangerous and polluting kerosene lanterns or noisy diesel generators.
Lumos connects the dots between the mobile revolution and solar energy, through its patented, self-deployable mobile electricity system, with integrated cellular payment and advanced security mechanisms. With Lumos, households and businesses in the off-grid world can replace kerosene and candles with modern electricity that can power lights, mobile phones, fans, computers, TVs and other small electronic devices. They can do this on a lease-to-own basis, purchased via the mobile phone. What makes Lumos so innovative is its built in security technology, and its ability to remotely track and analyze each self-installed system, eliminating the need for on-site technicians.
Through partnerships with leading mobile operators, Lumos delivers smart solar systems as a service purchased through the mobile phone. Customers pick up the Lumos system at their local mobile operator store for an affordable, one-time commitment fee. They install the solar panel on their roof, put the indoor battery unit inside the home and connect the provided cables and LED lights.
Thereafter, they pay for usage through their mobile phone using airtime. It’s as easy as sending an SMS or dialing a short code. The solar panel converts sunlight into electricity that is stored in the indoor battery unit. This electricity can be used day and night to power lights, mobile phones, fans, computers, radios, small TVs and other small electronic devices.
The specific pricing for Lumos’ solar electricity is designed to be affordable to all. The systems are provided on a lease-to-own basis, purchased via their mobile phone. Customers pay for usage in small installments using their airtime minutes (in the same way they purchase data packages and other mobile services today). The payments are designed to be lower than what customers are used to spending on kerosene, candles, flashlight batteries and running their generators. As there are no additional and unexpected costs of maintenance, customers can enjoy peace of mind and constant access to electricity for a clear and affordable price.
For specific pricing details please contact your local Lumos distributor.
Lumos provides access to electricity for customers living with no access to the electricity grid. It is therefore delivered as a lease-to-own service, paid for in small affordable installments using the mobile phone airtime. The goal is to make solar electricity affordable to all. It is for this reason that Lumos systems are not offered for purchase upfront and rather offered on a lease-to-own basis.
Lumos provides its customers with a 5-year repair service during the leasing period. Customers can therefore rest assured that they will not bear any additional service and maintenance costs during the repair service term. During the 5-year term the customer shall be entitled to receive repair services for the solar panel and indoor unit components of the system. In order to deliver the repair services, the company may require the return of parts, assemblies and system components to a designated company depot or to the point of purchase. Further details about the service are available in the company terms and conditions agreement provided.
The ratio between panel and battery size was selected to enable usage during rainy seasons. On average, only 6 hours of direct sunlight are needed to fully charge the battery. In cases when weather conditions do not support effective generation, customers are requested to manage usage and minimize unnecessary consumption.
Lumos provides homes and businesses that are not connected to the main electricity grid or suffer from low or unreliable power supply with affordable and constant access to electricity. The Lumos solution is also intended for people who cannot afford the high energy spending related to grid connection and generator usage and do not have the cash available to pay upfront for a quality solar system. By spreading the costs and delivering solar electricity as a service, Lumos enables customers to enjoy affordable access to reliable solar electricity with a 5-year repair service. If you use a generator, kerosene, and batteries for power then Lumos offers an affordable and reliable alternative, generating considerable savings.
To join the service, customers are required to make a one-off ‘commitment fee’ payment. Daily electricity plans are then available for purchase and used to credit the system according to customer preference (prices differ per country). After paying for 1,800 days the customer becomes the owner of the system. Lumos offers a 5-year repair service, so there are no additional service or hidden costs involved. . Further details about the costs and payment plans are available in the company terms and conditions agreement provided.
It takes approximately 6 hours to fully charge the battery when the panel is placed in direct sunlight. Once the system is charged to full capacity, the usage pattern will determine for how many hours the system can be used. On a typical day you would be able to do all of the following together:
Light 2 powerful LED lights, strong enough to illuminate a room for 5 hours
Charge several mobile phones
Power a fan for 4-6 hours
Power a small TV 4 hours
Power a small radio for 10 hours
Power a laptop
Other combinations of appliances are possible – it all depends on the usage/consumption patterns, power generation and battery level.
Lumos is intended to power LED lights, mobile phones and support 12V DC electronic appliances such as fans, small TVs, radios, sound systems and laptops. For a list of compatible products read through the user guide and welcoming kit provided or contact customer service.
For further information read through the user guide provided or contact customer service.
No. For now, Lumos only supports efficient 12V DC appliances.
This will depend on the specific inverter. In any case, the system capacity will not be enough to power heavy duty AC devices (such as refrigerators). For further information read through the user guide provided or contact customer service.
⦁ To maximize power generation make sure that your solar panel is mounted according to the installation guide instructions and placed in full sunlight (clear of any shade) all day long. When needed, clean the panel to remove dust and dirt.
⦁ Make sure your system is fully charged before using.
⦁ To effectively use the electricity stored, manage usage according to available capacity and need.
⦁ Prevent power loss by plugging out appliances when they are not in use.
⦁ Avoid connecting heavy-duty appliances. Highly efficient 12V DC devices are available for purchase in local electronic stores.
⦁ Do not use unauthorized extension wires or tamper with LED cables.
As long as you are still within the 5-year repair service period, and provided the repair is not a result of deliberate abuse to the system, any repair or exchange needed will be covered by Lumos. During the term the customer shall be entitled to receive repair services for the solar panel and indoor unit components of the system. In order to deliver the repair services, the company may require the return of parts, assemblies and system components to a designated company depot or to the point of purchase. Further details about the service are available in the company terms and conditions and leasing agreement provided.
After the lease, the customers will have to pay for any repairs themselves.
The solar panel can be easily self-installed using the provided mounting kit (make sure to closely follow the detailed instruction of the user guide provided). If needed, assistance is available – simply call the local customer service for help.
Call the local customer service for help.
First make sure that your system is fully charging. If needed, make sure the panel is clean, not shaded, placed in full sunlight and facing the sun.
Make sure that unused appliances are unplugged/disconnected while the system is charging during the day.
For further support simply contact customer service.
Simply call the local customer service center for guidance.
First make sure that the battery is fully charged and that you efficiently manage the consumption of the power you have. Call the local customer service center for help.
The Lumos systems are locked and fully secured and cannot be used in an unauthorized manner. If your system is stolen, please notify us to makes sure we have locked it for usage. We suggest you contact the police and report the theft.
The only maintenance required is cleaning of the solar panel to remove any dust or dirt. For details please review the user guide provided.