Philips brings a gift of light to Vietnam’s rural Thanh Son village

tháng sáu 12, 2014

  • Solar-powered LED lightings installed in and around rural Thanh Son village
  • Community living transformed through solar powered electricity and safer, brighter evenings


Ha Nam–Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI), the global leader in lighting, was helping to improve the lives of people in 288 households located in the remote village of Thanh Son. Working closely with Ha Nam city people’s committee, the company has installed 928 lights into households, a community center, kindergarten, enabling the village inhabitants to spend more time socializing indoors and outdoors in the evenings.


A total of 180 householdsin an electricity off-grid area, received a LED solar home system and Lantern for their home. Another 108 households with only intermittent electricity supply will each receivean emergency batten and CFLi 14W-WW luminaire. For the village playground and community center, Philips installed its Green Vision Solar road lights.


Mr. Trần Bá Ca, vice director of Ha Nam Trade and Industry department said at the event: "Solar energy is abundant in Vietnam, with an average solar radiation opportunity of 5kWh/m2 per day.There is potential for the country to leverage this energy extensively nationwide. Philips’ solar lighting solutions can help people in rural areas have access to light at night. This is very much aligned to support the government’s rural development program." This community project is part of a Philips global initiative, called the "Philips Gift of light" to help improve the well-being of communities through Philips lighting innovations. The program was conceived as a way to help engage and inspire the company’s employees on Philips’ brand positioning and its goal to improve people’s lives through meaningful innovation.


Thanh Sơn village is within Thanh Nghi Town of Thanh Liem district in Ha Nam province and is a small village established in 1985. The village is located  about 10km from PhủLý city. Located in rural Hanoi, villagers at Thanh Sonmainly earn their living by farming and growing cassava.


Mr. Nguyễn Quang Tiến, the chief of Thanh Son village shared: "Due to the current situation, Thanh Son village has limited electricity and linking the village to the main power grid would be a major task. The new installation is very innovative and truly impactful. We see the key benefit of solar powered lighting as the ability to harness the natural and abundant energy from the sun and convert it into sustainable LED lighting. This truly helps us, especially in going about our activities at night and allowing children to be able to study at night."


"I’m so grateful that at night it is now brighter and safer both indoors and outdoors thanks to the lighting. The street lighting installed in the village is providing us with a safer environment and enhanced security when moving about the village, which in the past was a real challenge," said Mr. Pham Van Lich, 77 years old, Thanh Son village resident.


Today, an estimated 4% of Vietnamese households live without electricity. For these people, nighttime means either darkness or the flickering light of a candle or kerosene. As a result, when the sun goes down, life simply comes to a stop. Work and other economic activities end, and children cannot do homework. Quality of life is also affected. In these cases, solar powered lighting solutions really make a difference.


"As the global leader in lighting, Philips is committed to provide intelligent, people-focused solutions that help municipal authorities to build truly livable villages, towns and cities in an economically sustainable way. Philips solar powered LED lighting offers a reliable, environmentally friendly, efficient and cost effective means of lighting, and is ideally suited to enhance the quality of life in off-grid communities such as the residents of this rural village," said Mr. Christoph Schell, President of Philips Lighting Growth Markets.

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For further information, please contact:

Lam Thi Minh Truc (Ms.)
Communication Manager, Philips Vietnam
Tel: +84 8 39111508


Christina Celestine (Ms.)
Head Communications, Philips ASEAN Pacific
Tel: +65 6882 5411


About Royal Philips:

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2013 sales of EUR 23.3 billion and employs approximately 115,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at


About The Philips Gift of Light

In July 2013, Philips Lighting employees in 17 geographies were invited to nominate worthy causes or projects that could benefit from a gift of Philips lighting innovations and services. Nominated projects were judged locally. Up to five shortlisted projects per geography were then voted upon by employees in their geography. The regional winners were announced in October 2013 to coincide with the unveiling of the new Philips brand positioning. The initiative was designed to engage employees emotionally and intellectually about the company’s brand promise (Philips delivers innovation that matters to you). This internal positioning underpins Philips’ external brand line, Innovation and You.


The Philips Lighting Management team reviewed all 17 wining projects and voted for an overall winner to receive an extra round of funding. The Thanh Son village won this prize. The winning regional projects are in various stages of implementation and will be completed in the next six months. 


The projects vary and include lighting in centers and charities for homeless people, the elderly, lighting to comfort children and families in a hospice for children, lighting for specialist care facilities and in poverty stricken areas lighting for a hospital and school.