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Gotta' Light?

Gotta' Light?
by Gary Woods

The other day a friend of mine, Tim Johnson, came walking through my door. Tim's a Realtor with Keller Williams and also owns the Chocolate Gallery at 5705 Calle Real in the Calle Real Shopping Center. He plopped down a box with a big KW Logo emblazoned on the top brimming full of my favorite confection called Texas Crunch.

He also gave me a product made by a company called Unite to Light which was co-founded by some UC Santa Barbara engineering professors. The product he gave me was a solar powered reading light targeted at the developing world.

The light was developed at UCSB by a team assembled by John Bowers, the Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency. Unite To Light is distributing the lights in 63 countries. Dawn O'Bar is the president of this non-profit and runs the day to day operations.

For $25 on Amazon or better still for $20 at the Chocolate Gallery you can buy a light for yourself and they will also donate a matching light to a family in need in a third world country. Or, if you don't really want the light, but why you wouldn't I don't know, you can just donate $15 to Unite to Light directly and they will send one out.

For more information about Unite to Light you can go to their website or drop then an email at Then, if you'd like to get a look at the light in action you can see it on YouTube at

If you have any suggestions or questions for me please drop me a note at or see my column on the Internet at or call me at (805) 729-0910

Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc