8 Solar Lanterns That Can Bring the Sun Into Your Home

The sun lights up our world in the morning. Today, thanks to technology, the sun can provide light even after sun down. So if you are looking to light up your home, office, garden or thereabouts with sunshine in the city, here are a few solar lantern organisations to go after.

Author Anna Rees, 08.01.13

Flexitron produces the Solar Powered LED Lantern Ultra Bright for use at home and camp sites. The lantern is charged with Solar energy and illuminates through a group of Ultra Bright Multi Chip LEDs. The lantern, the size of usual home lanterns, is designed to provide illumination up to a minimum of nine hours. A built in protection circuit provides deep discharge protection for battery. It comes with a Solar Charging panel and is made to last.

MightyLight  produces multifunctional lamps that can be used to light rooms or study areas, carried around as flashlights, charge cell phones, radios, MP3 players or even a small water purifier. Specially designed for use in tough conditions, it is water and breakage resistant, and helps eliminate the use of the kerosene lamps that lakhs of people in India have traditionally used. Amit Chugh, CEO of MightyLight says that it is distributed in and in use by hundreds of thousands across India, Africa and Latin America.

Grameen Surya Bijlee Foundation has an LED Lantern with a cheerful yellow base that runs on 6V power. A joint venture between the Tata Power Company ltd and BP Solar, it produces the TataDeep Solar lamps that give two to three hours of light on a single charge.

The Eveready HL05 Stylo digiLED Lantern, available at a cost of Rs. 375, was introduced as a substitute to kerosene lanterns. Since its launch, it’s sold over two million units.

D.Light – The award-winning d.light S10 is a versatile, multi-purpose solar lantern that provides up to 8 hours of light on a full battery and uses highly efficient LEDs. It comes with a solar panel that is conveniently integrated into every d.light S10 to make solar charging easy and this can also be charged through the AC power grid with any standard 2 mm Nokia mobile charger.

AuroRE , a unit responsible for promoting renewable energy applications within and outside Auroville, has home-lighting systems and solar lanterns. Its lamps work like the Freeplay Energy products. They are a leading manufacturer of wind and solar powered products, specializing in outdoor leisure, emergency preparedness, and development. Its Indigo LED Lantern is a dependable lantern that has no bulbs, burn out or disposable batteries to replace. It has a built-in crank to power it when needed with an adjustable brightness that can last up to 35 hours.

BPL Techno Vision Pvt Limited has recently launched the BPL ‘Q’ Tech which requires only four hours for full charging and gives five hours of light unlike the 8 – 12 hours of charging required by other lights in the category. Their website lets customers order online and they have dealership locations as well. They are very cost effective and are cheap to operative. Usually it costs about Rs 2 to run a day and the cost for the product varies between 375 to 1200 depending on the accessories and range of lighting.

Euro Diya, a part of Eureka Forbes’s community fulfillment initiative sells the Eurodiya E200, a powerful solar bulb which runs for more than 5 hours once fully charged. It is break resistant & rain proof and has a multi-switch which allows one to adjust the brightness levels of the light. It is sold at Rs. 599, and is available for order through their site.

Made to last, these lamps are energy efficient and can be used in various situations safely. Most can be ordered online (indiamart, flipkart etc) or through dealerships.

So go ahead, power your house with solar this Diwali!

Author: Paromita Pain for The Alternative. The Alternative is an online media publication focused on sustainable living and social impact. Republished here with permission.

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