Salt lamp will be out in the market in 2016; target price is less than P500

Engr. Aisa Mjeno with their invention
  • The inventor of the salt lamp confirms that the product is currently in mass production in Biñan, Laguna
  • It will be introduced in the local market during the second or third quarter of this year
  • The initial target price is less than P500 per unit

MANILA, Philippines – The lamp that is powered by salt water as developed by a trio of Filipino inventors might be out in the market on the second or third quarter of this year; this was according to Engineer Aisa Mijeno.

Mijeno, one of the inventors, told DZMM in an interview with Ted Failon on Tuesday, January 5, that they have been in talks with various groups including businessmen and scientists to finally introduce the product in the local market.

She has also confirmed that the salt water lamp is currently in mass production  – around 500 units a day –  at a plant in Technopark in Biñan, Laguna.

Mijeno, who was invited by no less than the US President Barack Obama to discuss about her innovative lamp in a forum about clean technology and climate change during the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila last November, added that she is also holding talks with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

She would want her invention to be accepted in DOST’s Technology Innovation and Commercialization Program (TECHNICOM) which will finance the product’s field testing before launching it commercially.

Mijeno said she is also coordinating with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPO) to expedite the approval of the patent.

The Filipina civil engineer developed the salt lamp with her brother Ralph and electrical engineer Oscar Bryan Magtibay after witnessing the hardships of a Kalinga tribe who’ve had to travel in the mountain for six hours a day just to buy kerosene for their lamps.

Using the principle of electrochemistry, the salt lamp uses the electricity produced by two different elements submerged in salt-water solution. If used 8 hours a day, the lamp can provide light for up to six months without having to replace parts.

Anyone can store a bottle of salt water at home to be used for the lamp; or use a glass of tap water mixed with 2 tablespoonful of salt as an alternative, the inventors said.

Mijeno added that while the introductory price have not been decided yet, she would want the product to be sold no higher than P500 each.

However, it will be distributed for free in rural areas with no electricity yet through the help of various foundations.