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Late Night Sunlight

December 22, 2008

P6073699, originally uploaded by consolationday.

When most people think of solar lanterns they probably think of the little garden lights like the one above. They are nice to illuminate a path at night but they don’t provide a lot of light. So you may be skeptical when I tell you that J. and I requested a solar lantern as one of our Christmas presents. Earlier this year we experimented with leaving the lights off after dark and living our life by candlelight and while romantic the candles are used up rather quickly and replacing them can get expensive. We tried our hand at making our own beeswax candles and it was a disaster (mainly because we didn’t have the right type of wicks).

We thought a simple solar lantern seemed the best solution. While it does involve plastic it can be used again and again not only at home but also camping or as an emergency light in the car for long road trips. We chose this model because it got decent reviews and since it was available on Amazon we knew our family would purchase it. They are supportive of us “going green” but we’ve had a hard time convincing them to purchase from less mainstream retailers…

Since this was a gift from my Dad and stepmom we got to open it and some others (that I’ll talk about in another post) on Saturday when we celebrated Christmas with them. The light is bright enough to illuminate a room (enough to get around and read if you are right by the light) and does have a reflective panel inside to amplify the bulb. Unlike the light in the picture ours is bright yellow which is okay but I would have preferred the green. It came with a wall plug, car charger and a reflective panel that folds out from the lantern itself. In addition to turning off and on it also has a motion sensor option. I would imagine that comes in handy when you are camping but for home use we don’t really need it. I would like to rig a hook or something though and use it’s handle to suspend it in the air but I’ll figure all that out later.

At $80 it was the only really expensive gift I got but I’m happy with that and consider the money well spent since it’s multipurpose and something we will use everyday. What green gifts did you give or are you requesting this year?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 22, 2008 12:55 pm

    A book on convent gardens is the closest I get. However I’m planning to buy a bokashi for my christmas money, I hope it’ll streamline the handling of food scraps in the house.

  2. December 22, 2008 4:40 pm

    What a great idea! We just try to make do with a few 7 watt flourescents in the evenings.

  3. December 24, 2008 5:37 am

    Very Cool Lantern. I have been checking into solar lanterns to purchase myself and really like the one you have.
    Merry Christmas!

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