What could make more sense than solar-powered outdoor lighting? But sensible too often comes in basic-at-best packaging. Fortunately, a team of designers at French teak furnishings company Les Jardins has been on the case.
Powered by LED panels that charge just by being left outside, Les Jardin’s solar lanterns are not only better looking than their competition but more finely tuned: the owner’s electrical engineer son and a collaborator applied power management software that they created for Italian race carts to the engineering. That translates to brighter, longer-lasting lights that are energy efficient, water resistant—and evocative of St. Tropez poolsides. Come see.
Les Jardin’s portable solar lanterns are 12-watt LED and have four switch positions: off, low, high, and a motion detector setting. The lithium batteries are good for at least eight hours on standby mode and are rechargeable by the sun or via a USB port. For the lowdown on how solar lighting works and its many applications, go to Hardscaping 101: Solar Lighting.
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