design and manufacture LED based domestic and industrial lighting
products for the South African, and now International markets. Should any of our products not
suit your needs, we offer a custom design service.NEW!
We have now expanded our operations to include
the New Zealand and United Kingdom Markets. Please do not hesitate to
contact us via our feedback area for our standard or custom products,
or contact our distributors overseas directly for any other enquiries.
The power distribution systems of South Africa, and
indeed the rest of Africa, have not been updated or maintained properly
for the last 10 years, and the explosion of town house complexes has
resulted in unprecedented demand on an already overloaded system. The
unexpected nature of these occurrences often takes consumers by
surprise, and happens at the most inopportune moments. Gas appliances
have helped as backup solutions as far as cooking and heating are
concerned, but lighting has been supplemented by torches and candles
that have to be located when a failure occurs. Currently available
standby lighting solutions do not really address the problem as they
are expensive or only supply light for a small period after a blackout.
Sudden loss of
power during the night can cause immense problems for industries that
have to work at these times, so much so, that it is a legal requirement
that automatically activated lights are required near all machinery.
There is another sector of the community that is often neglected, that
of the rural dweller. The effect of a reliable light source to this
section of the community cannot be overemphasized. There are potential
Einstein’s and Bill Gates in the rural communities that never achieve
their potential due to lack of education. The availability of a
reliable light source could enable these individuals to first learn how
to read and write, and then progress to much greater levels of
education. There is massive discontent in these areas due to lack of
service provision and one of the major issues is electricity. This is a
situation waiting to boil over and demonstrations are already occurring
due to this. Illegal electricity connections that cost lives on an
almost daily basis are common, and it is, unfortunately, the children
that are most commonly killed.The
objective of this business venture is to produce several products that
supply good quantities of automatically activated or permanent light to
domestic and rural consumers. In the medium term this will be expanded
to the rest of Africa such as Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, Botswana
etc. and eventually overseas.
The object of
Revelation Designs is to make these products affordable, technically
excellent and, above all, available to all that require them.
research and development on a basic Downlighter, both as a replacement
and as a solar panel compatible version, over 3 years ago. This has
evolved, after many prototypes and revisions, into two lines of
products that we currently offer. We had to differentiate between solar
based systems that had not been developed at that time, and 240V AC
systems that existed, but need a fresh approach to reducing the amount
of power needed to produce an acceptable light level.
Our approach to
the solar panel based systems was to produce a range of LED based
lights, a solar panel regulator and a solar panel tracking unit that
would maximize the efficiency of the overall system to achieve maximum
availability to the end user. Our aim was to keep the product as cheap
as possible, yet keep reliability, quality and availability paramount.
The 240V AC
systems were already being flooded by a massive supply of CFL based
lights, funded by government backing and made in China. We persisted
however and have released a range of LED based lights that can cut the
power consumption by 2/3 and offer a five fold life expectancy, with no
heat generation and no toxic effect on the environment. At the moment
our lights are relatively expensive, but our volumes are very small.
Larger volumes will reduce cost dramatically.
production of these products will require some initial investment to
set up a production plant, but this can be offset against the
employment potential that such a factory could generate.
of future products must also be considered. There is the potential to
be able to train new design engineers in both the mechanical,
electrical and electronic fields, something we would like to encourage.
That rural dweller that cannot see at night, to be able to learn, could
be one of those engineers.