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Triled on Corriere del Mezzogiorno newspaper

Triled sul corriere del mezzogiorno

"My idea? A mosquito repellent bulb. The first tested and certified in laboratory ». It looks like a simple invention by Riccardo Ricciolio, a young 24-year Neapolitan entrepreneur, graduated in Economics with a Master of International Business in San Francisco and Finance in Shanghai. And instead, "Triled" (so called both the bulb and its technology) is ready to revolutionize the LED lighting market.

The article came out last November 7 on the "Corriere del Mezzogiorno", the Campania edition of Corriere della Sera; an interview with Riccardo Ricciolio, the creator of TRILED technology

This is the article published last 7th of november on the "Corriere del Mezzogiorno": an interview to Riccardo Ricciolio, creator of TRILED technology.

Triled, the anti-mosquito light bulb invented in Naples


by  Vanni Fondi

"My idea? A mosquito repellent bulb. The first tested and certified in the laboratory ». It seems a simple invention of Riccardo Ricciolio, a young Neapolitan entrepreneur of 24 years, graduated in Economics with International Business Master in San Francisco and Finance in Shanghai. And instead, "Triled" (so called both the bulb and its technology) is ready to revolutionize the LED lighting market.

"The idea came to me during an Innovation Exam, which led me to invent a particular technology that is implanted in lighting, specifically a light bulb that, in addition to being low power consumption(60% less than classic) operated with the same switch has three different colors in the same bulb (cold light, natural light and yellow light) ». In itself this would be an invention, but if you add that when the yellow light its on, the world's novelty is that it also works as a mosquito repellent. "The university project adapted to the lighting business has two fundamental features - the inventor explains - a philanthropic goal and a major economic return over the medium to long term. Philanthropic in what sense? "Simple. Mosquitoes are often a cause of mortality, and in some cases weigh heavily on the budgets of public health, especially in developing disadvantaged countries. Then studying a way to repell them has a social value. The second aspect, of course, is the economic one. After my master's degree in China I have returned to Italy (for about a year) and I started to propose this bulb on the world market as innovation. Here it was certified and patented. While production takes place in China. That is how I introduced this incredible business, in collaboration with an italian company, Real Med, a subsidiary of the Guangdong group, Guangdong Industries Co. Ldt., which deals with industrial production. The final product, called "Triled", is a special bulb that repell mosquitoes according to some tests based on its wattage. Each watt, in fact, corresponds to 1.4 square meters and therefore a 10 watt light bulb can cover an area of ​​a 14 square meter room. All this was possible by developing a smart chip inside the bulb, which does not need relè. This bulb can therefore be used with any electrical system without the need for the most modern ones, so that any person on the planet can use it and protect themselves from mosquitoes at a cost of around 6.49 euros (the 7 watt version ). " But it's not a bit too much. for example, for those living in Africa in disadvantaged villages and cannot afford it?

"No - says Ricciolio - because before we quantified the price, we studied the availability and consumption of an average African family. Well, we have seen that spending to defend themselves against mosquitoes is as priority as daily. On average, a low middle class African living in disadvantaged homes and earning $ 30 / $ 40 a month must pay 0.10 cents a day to buy a zampirone, which is also toxic. With € 6.49, the cost of the bulb would be ammortized in just over two months and the same lasts about 25,000 hours (about 8 years). " But how does the bulb keep mosquitoes away? "Simple. The bulb is born after we have been tested on the yellow color we used and the surprising finding that came out of it, after several "in-field" experiments (large rooms recreating the environment and domestic conditions) is that the most of the mosquitoes used for the test were bothered by the light source and "biting behavior" (their ability to bite) decreased considerably especially when compared with other chemical repellents. In "cages" experiments, it was then noted that despite the mosquitoes being stressed by their proximity to their prey sprinkled with blood, sugar and white egg in cages of 20 cm, after an approximately one hour of yellow color induction by "Triled" , they appear to be mostly paralyzed and "inactive." And this is not the case for common mosquitoes, but also for the most dangerous ones, which are vectors of viruses and diseases such as malaria, zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. Apart 7 and 10 watt light bulbs have been manufactured and marketed also led panels and led tubes, all with the same technology. And the Neapolitan entrepreneur and the company have already started commercial negotiations with Paraguay, Brazil, Angola, Kenya, Nigeria , India, Bangladesh and the Dominican Republic.