Claus Dalby Ball shaped solar panel lantern, matte gold Ø: 30 cm H: 29 cm
Ø: 30 cm
H: 29 cm
The lanterns are made from a durable, water resistant and 100 % sustainable material – Tyvek. 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.
The solar panel lanterns will stay lit for the longest period of time during summer, when the sun is high in the sky. Then the lanterns will remain lit for seven to eight hours, if they hang in a sunny position during the day. Even on a cloudy day, it is possible – during summertime – for the solar panel to charge. But then the lanterns will not stay on for as long.
During winter, when the sun is low in the sky, the time that the solar lanterns will stay lit, will of course be reduced to a minimum. On sunny winter days, you can expect your solar panel lantern to stay on for an hour or maybe two. Here patience is a virtue.
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.