Solar panel lanterns

When I first saw these solar panel lanterns at a German design fair, I was very fascinated by them. Not only because of the beautiful design with the many patterns, shapes, and colours, but also because of the quality.

 The lanterns are made from a durable, water resistant and 100 % sustainable material – Tyvek. Among other things, it is known from festival bracelets, and if you have ever tried wearing one of those, you will know that it is impossible to tear apart and that it is water-resistant. This means that the lanterns can hang outside in all kinds of weather. But I must admit that I take mine inside, if it begins to rain or if there is a strong wind blowing. Instead I hang them them in the greenhouse, where they light up beautifully, when the sun goes down.

 It is pure magic, when at dusk, the lamps light one by one. Throughout the day, the solar panel at the top of the lantern absorbs energy from the suns rays and stores this energy in a rechargeable AAA-battery. At night the lanterns light automatically and they also switch off when there is no more power in the battery.

 It is during summer, when the sun is high in the sky that the lanterns will stay lit for the longest time. Then the lanterns can easily stay lit for seven to eight hours, if they hang in a sunny spot during the day. Then they can later perhaps be moved to spots where their cosy light can be appreciated.

 Even on a cloudy day, it is – particularly during the summer months – possible for the solar panel to charge. But here you have to expect that the lanterns do not stay lit for as long. The same applies during winter when the sun is low in the sky. Here it can be a good idea to remove the battery, because it wears it down if it is continuously partially charged. By doing so, there is also no risk that the battery should leak, if it is not in use.

 Important: Please take care to keep the solar panel clean. If it gets dirty, it will not charge to its full capacity and this means that the lanterns will stay lit for a shorter period of time. I wipe the panel with a hard wrung cloth, dipped in a mixture of washing up liquid and a little vinegar. The latter helps remove any traces of calcium deposits.