December 31, 2012
New solar products are popping up more often these days and we found the Frostfire LED Outdoor Light that can be used for a garage, shed or as security. With easy installation, it has a 0.6W panel that charges during the day. At a size of 16 x 9 x 4cm, it is motion-activated and turns off 30 seconds after the movement stops.
December 17, 2012
If you still haven't gotten holiday lights in time for next week's celebrations, you can get this set of Solar LED Lights that will, after a full charge, go about 8 hours. The 100 multi-color lights are waterproof and can be used indoors or outside with a temperature range of -20°C - +60°C. They feature both flash and glimmer modes and the package includes a ground spike for outdoor use.
Via Solar Holiday Lighting
November 19, 2012
As another storm seems to be always brewing somewhere, make an effort to be better prepared even if you live elsewhere. One necessity is a portable lamp that can take you out of the dark like this Camping Lantern. The 8.5" tall lamp comes with a rechargeable solar battery that will give 10 hours of sunlight and 12 LEDs can be partially used for lower light. It also has an adjustable brightness for extending the light, can be hand-cranked in case of extended blackouts and yes, even when camping.
Via Solar Lamps
October 29, 2012
This set of 3 Jack-O-Lanterns will make a great decorative statement this Halloween and has the bonus of being solar powered. At a size of 4 3/8 x 4 ¼", they are made of cold cast ceramic and are connected with a 38" cord that resembles a vine with fabric leaves.
Via Solar Halloween Lighting
August 13, 2012
Danish artist Olafur Eliasson teamed with engineer/buddy Frederick Ottesen
and designed the Little Sun, a portable solar lamp that can last up to 3 years. When put in charging mode in the sun for five hours, it emits light for 5 hours nightly. This is such a deal if you consider that the solar lamp can save up to 90% on what they would spend on kerosene. Plans are already in the works to distribute in Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. Contact Olafur if you want more info on the Little Sun as they plan to produce 500,000 units during 2012, more than enough to equip a few large villages.
Via Little Sun
February 13, 2012
d.Light's S10 Lantern is a convenient replacement for one with batteries or other power source. With a high-efficiency integrated polycrystalline solar panel, it is 3 -5 times brighter than a kerosene lantern and is built to tolerate water, heat, dust and accidental dropping. It has 2 brightness settings, an LED charge indicator and can offer up to 8 hours of light.
January 23, 2012
You would think that a Solar Flashlight would almost be an oxymoron, but this SolarLite holds a single charge for over 3 years. The 1W 2X LED has 11 years of burn time and 16 hours of light. Because this 2-pack comes fully charged, they can be kept in a drawer or glove compartment. The company promises that extreme temperatures will not affect operation and each 14 x 7 x 2" flashlight is both waterproof and floats.
Via Solar Flashlights
January 16, 2012
One of the standouts of the last week's CES 2012 was the SolarKindle, winner of the Innovation Award. SolarFocus' flexible leather e-book cover has a solar panel built into the cover and a built-in LED reading lamp that is good for up to 50 hours after a full charge. It also features a dual-charging USB/solar battery that, under normal sunlight, will produce about 3 months of Kindle 4 usage when unplugged. When on the go, one hour of sun produces 3 days of reading.
December 25, 2011
While not strictly to tradition, (menorahs are used with fire as the source of light,) Woodstock, New York is once again making news as it becomes the home of the first solar menorah. Meant to raise awareness of Chanukah, Rabbi AB Itkin designed the candleholder from spare parts. It was on display in the city's Village Green for all eight nights where Rabbi Yitzchok Hecht declared, "the concept of taking the energy of the sun and using it to bring light into the darkness of night is a beautiful complement to the miracle and story of Chanukah."
November 14, 2011
In the national scheme of things, one in 4 lacks electricity and, with the recent disasters, millions more are without a home. IndieLabs' LuminAID is an inflatable bag with solar-powered LED inside. After a 4-6 hour charge, the bag is inflated and switched on. Users get 4 hours of bright light or 6 on low. Pledge one for $25.00 and another will be sent to you as a thanks. Hit the link to contribute to the community project.
August 29, 2011
Concept combines security while saving energy with its Solar Powered Outdoor Light. The SL-100 has 32 wide-angle LEDs with a 190 ft. range, can provide up to 10 hours of usage on a full charge and, best of all, has a built-in motion detector for auto-on and off with a user-defined timer setting. The light itself is 9 3/4 x 9 x 14 3/4" and it comes with a 13 1/2 x 7 1/4" solar panel and 4V rechargeable lead acid battery.
Via Outdoor Solar Lighting
August 22, 2011
Denver inventor Steve Katsaros has come up with a solar light bulb that he hopes will make a difference in third world countries. He also has a rather unique attitude towards the distribution of them. He has enlisted the aid of budding entrepreneurs that work in Kenya and Tanzania. Each receives a 'business in a box' that comes with 144 bulbs, displays and flyers. While most of his products have been sold to non-gov. organizations, he believes that in time a network of locals will work to make things easier on the distributors as well as the locals. Think of it as Mary Kay without the pink Caddy.
May 30, 2011
Fake out your neighbors with this three-pack of Eternal Tulips. In shades of yellow, red and purple, no tools are needed to set up these solar flowers that will soak up sunshine during the day and nicely glow at night. Stakes come with them for easy installation.
Via Solar Flowers
March 21, 2011
For secret Gargoyle fans (we know who you are,) there is now one that operates on solar power, combining the evil with the good. The faux stone statue guards your homestead silently by day and his eyes light up at night. The creature stands 10.5" high, has an on/off switch, is made of polyresin and comes with one rechargeable AA battery.