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ALWAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Buffalo trampled over it? Rain drenched it? Child dropped it? No problem! This solar flashlight can endure it all, said Bassi in a pitch to her neighbours in rural India to convince them to power their homes with clean energy instead of polluting fuels.

Bassi is one of 2,500 "Solar Sahelis", or solar women friends, who fan out to different villages and persuade families to use solar energy in the western desert state of Rajasthan, which sees about 300 days of sunshine every year.

With unreliable electricity and hours-long power cuts every day, many rural families in Rajasthan are often forced to rely on candles, kerosene oil lanterns or burning wood, which emit soot and noxious fumes.

They not only can lead to premature death due to disease, but can also cause fire accidents and burn injuries.

That is why solar is the way to go, 26-year-old Bassi, who goes by one name, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in her village of Moonpur, about 130 km (80 miles) from state capital Jaipur, where buffalos and cows wander the dusty streets.

"They just makes more sense - affordable, long-lasting, durable and safe," said Bassi, who has sold up to 32 solar flashlights since becoming a Solar Saheli last year.

Even then, Bassi said it can be a challenge to win over villagers who are usually wary of the initial higher costs and distrust solar products due to experience with some flimsy products from China.

The most popular product, the "Solar Rakshak", or solar protector, flashlight costs between $10 and $20, while a regular battery-run one would be about $5.

But once doubts are cleared, almost every customer is satisfied, said Bassi.

Kamlesh Devi, a mother of two, bought the Solar Rakshak in June after Bassi assured her that it would save her frequent trips to the market for new batteries and lights, and help her children study without any irritation to their eyes.

"I used to buy flashlights for 300-400 rupees (about $5) that would malfunction within six months. Sometimes it would fall here or there. The batteries would die quickly. But this is a great thing," said Devi, her head veiled with her sari.

"The kids are studying well. Until 10, 11 at night, even if there is no electricity, they study very comfortably," she said.

Jaipur-based Frontier Markets, the social enterprise behind the project, said its mission is to provide over 10 million clean energy products to 30 million households in India by 2020.

But the project is not just about going green.

It also aims to empower women in the male-dominated, conservative state, where child marriage is rife and girls are routinely denied an education and live a life largely confined to home.

Bassi's life was headed there too. Forced to marry at 17, she was regularly beaten up by her husband before she ran away and moved back in with her parents.

When she insisted on studying further, her elders refused, saying she brought shame to the family.

That is when Frontier Markets found Bassi in a self-help group for women and trained her to spread awareness and sell solar lights in remote areas of Rajasthan.

"If not for this... I would have just stayed at home, tended the buffalos and done household work. That is all I would have been good for," said Bassi.

Having never ventured out much or spoken in public before, Bassi said she was jittery at first, unsure whether she would be taken seriously or be able to sell anything.

"But now I feel like I have no fear," said Bassi, who unlike most rural women travels miles out of her village, interacts with men and earns an income - up to 2,000 rupees ($28) every month.

"Women are not weaker than men. At least I do not have to depend on anybody for money," she said.

"On days when I feel like buying something or wearing something new, then I know I have my own money and I can do whatever I want."

The Solar Sahelis have collectively earned more than $2.5 million by lighting over 500,000 homes, according to Frontier Markets.

"In order to drive true women empowerment, they need to be economically secure. The second you put money into women's hands, everything changes," said Ajaita Shah, the 34-year-old founder of Frontier Markets.

The rise in family incomes has made the Sahelis confident and more involved in household decisions, she said.

"The fire we saw in some of these women, it is like they were finally recognising that their voice has value," said Shah.

Repeated studies show that when women control the family's finances, they invest more in their children's education, healthcare, businesses and communities, which can be a step out of poverty.

While such programmes seek to boost women's rights, experts warn they can backfire at times as they upset traditional norms and spark conflict, especially in conservative pockets of India.

Rajasthan is known as much for its beautiful palaces, camel-back desert safaris and colourful apparel as for its age-old customs like purdah, or veiling, of women.

It is home to some of India's poorest villages where politically powerful councils, mostly comprising elderly men, have an iron grip over social and moral life.

Women are often expected to conform to established gender roles such as being the main caregivers who look after the home and children despite modern, urbanising times, experts say.

That is why it is essential to sensitise villagers about changing dynamics, said Shashank Bibhu of CARE India, a charity that works for women from poor, marginalised communities.

"Otherwise, in the past, we have seen that it has led to domestic violence," he said.

He urged organisations to counsel communities about gender equality and promote supportive men as role models who share household responsibilities.

For Radha Devi, working as a Solar Saheli has not been very easy due to the lack of help from the men in her family.

"I struggle to balance household work and this work," said the 37-year-old, who became a Saheli last year.

"Men do not have to worry about household work ... so they progress in life. But women have to think a lot about how they will take out time for their jobs," she said.

Still, that does not dim her hopes of making it big one day.

"The plan is to open up my own store ... and make a name for myself," she said, wearing a bright yellow Solar Sahelis vest.

"Success takes time. One should not lose confidence."

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Fold a large piece of parchment paper in half, crease it and mark it at two inches from the fold line.Slide the sheet of parchment paper along the open edges of the plastic, then iron on top of the parchment paper on the highest heat setting — no steam — to seal the plastic. Continue sliding the parchment down the edge of the plastic and iron until you’ve created a seam. Then, seal the sides, too.Take the plastic outside to a rock-free area of the yard, spread it flat, then cut a small slit in the folded edge large enough to insert a garden hose. Fill the plastic with water while holding the cut end up. Add a capful of bleach, seal the slit with duct tape and the blob is ready to use.The total estimated cost for a giant water blob is $15.22, assuming you have a small amount of bleach. Here’s what you’ll need:4-millimeter plastic drop cloth: $6.77Parchment paper: $3.48Duct tape: $4.9721. Jelly Bean Door MonogramCreate a one-of-a-kind monogram to display on your front door or mantel using a craft store cardboard monogram letter and your favorite color of jelly beans. This display is great for Easter, but it’s also seasonal enough to bring smiles to your guests’ faces all spring long.Better Homes and Gardens suggested painting the letter in a backing color similar to the jelly beans of your choice. Once the paint dries, hot-glue jelly beans to cover the surface of the letter completely. Take the piece outdoors and set it on a plastic tarp, then spray an acrylic clear coat over the jelly beans to preserve them. Hot glue a loop of ribbon to the back of the monogram to hang it from a nail on the door, or prop it up on a mantel shelf to display indoors.The total estimated cost for a jelly bean door monogram is $18.10 assuming you have a hot glue gun, hot glue and a small piece of ribbon. Here’s what you’ll need:Cardboard monogram letter: $1.97Bag of jelly beans: $5.99Craft paint: $3.36Tarp: $2.82Acrylic clear coat spray: $3.9622. Solar Fence LightsUpgrade your fence with a series of lanterns that look expensive but aren’t, using this idea from Running With Scissors. Lantern-shaped solar lights from a discount store serve as the sources of light. Attach decorative metal plant-basket hangers on fence posts for even spacing. Hang the solar lanterns from the plant hooks.The total estimated cost for solar fence lights is $24.17. Here’s what you’ll need:Set of two solar lanterns: $18.39Two plant hangers: $5.78Worth Doing: Home Renovations That Will Pay You Back23. Old Rake Tool HangerOld metal garden rakes with lost or broken handles aren’t completely useless, according to DIY blog Art Stuff. Give that old rake head new life as a holder for small garden tools such as spades and weed pullers. Hammer two nails parallel to one another on the side of a shed or on a board in the garage to hang the rake head. Hang each garden tool from a tine or prong on the rake, using loops of leather shoelace material to hang each piece.The total estimated cost for an old rake tool hanger is $5.75. Here’s what you’ll need:Spool of natural leather cord: $5.7524. Cement PlantersIf you’re planting a budget-friendly garden this year, you’ll want some equally frugal planters.Store-bought planters tend to either be boring or too pricey if you need a number of them. Make your own, completely unique planters out of cement instead, using this idea from Remodelaholic. Disposable plastic containers, bowls or even milk cartons serve as the molds for your planters.Mix Portland cement in a bucket according to directions on the bag, then pour a layer at least 1/2-inch thick into the larger of your mold-making materials. Place plastic wrap over the outside of the inner mold form, and then place the inner mold form on top of the wet cement, then pour in more cement until it nearly reaches the top of the outer mold form. Once it dries, remove the inner form and smooth the cement with a rock or sandpaper.The total estimated cost for cement planters is $9.99. Here’s what you’ll need:One bag of Portland cement: $9.9925. Hand-Painted Plant MarkersSpring is the time to get that garden started, but once the plants start to sprout, it might be difficult to remember which vegetable is which. Solve the problem with a set of hand-painted stone plant markers, according to handmade toy blog Adventure in a Box.Find and clean several smooth stones, opting for ones that resemble the shapes of carrots, eggplant or other vegetables you’ve planted. Paint their tops to resemble the planted vegetables, or paint the name of each plant on each stone and set them in the garden immediately after planting the seeds or seedlings.The total estimated cost for hand-painted plant markers is $12.40 for four different colors of paint, assuming you have or can find stones. Here’s what you’ll need:Acrylic craft paint: $12.4026. Repurposed Chandelier PlanterTransform a thrift store chandelier into a cheerful planter to hang on the porch or in the sunroom using just a few inexpensive supplies. Remove all the electrical wiring from the chandelier plus the candlestick-style light sockets and holders, according to home improvement blog DIY Show Off.Purchase plastic plant pots and trays — one set for each arm of the chandelier — in a size that fits on each arm. Glue the plant trays and pots to the tops of each chandelier arm, then spray paint the entire assemblage in your favorite cheery spring color once the glue dries. Add potting soil and plants, hang the chandelier from a sturdy plant hook and your work is complete.The total estimated cost for a repurposed chandelier planter is $28.07 assuming you already have an old chandelier. Here’s what you’ll need:Colored spray paint: $3.86Six plastic planters: $6.30Potting soil: $2.73One half-flat of flowering perennials: $15.1827. Melted Crayon ArtPerfect for a rainy spring afternoon, Decoist’s DIY melted crayon wall art is a project that’s fun for all ages. Arrange new crayons at the top of a clean art canvas, tips pointing down, or in any pattern you prefer. Hot-glue the crayons to the canvas one at a time.Once the glue dries, set the canvas on a plastic tarp and aim a hair dryer set to hot at the crayons until they begin to melt. Feel free to angle the canvas different ways to achieve the desired drip effect.The total estimated cost for melted crayon art is $17.08. Here’s what you’ll need:120 crayons: $7.18Three-pack art canvas: $7.08Tarp: $2.8228. Garden Tic-Tac-ToeCreate a fun — and functional — addition to your garden or yard with a tic-tac-toe stepping stone set using this idea from homesteading blog Northwest Edible Life. Purchase nine square pavers and set them in your yard in a three-tile by three-tile square, leaving an inch or so between pavers.Dig out some of the dirt beneath each paver to make the pieces lay flat. Find and clean 10 smooth stones of similar size, then paint an X on half of them and an O on the rest using acrylic craft paint. The kids can find the rocks, paint them and put the tic-tac-toe board.The total estimated cost for garden tic-tac-toe is $23.29. Here’s what you’ll need:Nine square pavers: $21.33Two colors of acrylic craft paint: $1.9629. Floral Fairy LightsTransform a string of plain outdoor party lights into a festive floral display by adding silk flowers to each LED light. To create the look, seek out silk or fabric flowers such as cherry blossoms at your local craft store, buying enough to fit one flower per bulb on the light strand.Pull the flower portion off its stem or faux leaves, then slide the hole in the center of the flower over a light bulb, pushing it down past the bulb as far as possible. If the flowers seem loose, apply a dab of hot glue to each to secure them to the light strand.The total estimated cost for your DIY floral fairy lights is $17.95. Here’s what you’ll need:Outdoor party lights: $11.29Silk flowers: $6.6630. Rainbow Beaded Wind ChimesSpring brings with it plenty of breezy weather — perfect for enjoying the sound of wind chimes. DIY blog Garden Therapy suggested making your own beaded chimes by drilling holes one inch apart through a found driftwood stick or a dowel, making one hole for each strand of beads you wish to use. Purchase a bulk pack of colorful, translucent beads in assorted colors and styles.Tie a small bell on one end of a strand of fishing line or beading cord, then slide beads of one color onto the cord, repeating the process for as many chimes as you wish to make. Push the top end of the string through the bottom of the hole in the driftwood, then tie a bead to the top to keep the chime strand in place. Repeat for each strand, then wind colored twine to create a hanger for the chimes.The total estimated cost for rainbow beaded wind chimes is $9.26. Here’s what you’ll need:Bulk pack of assorted beads: $4.24Beading cord: $1.24Three-pack small jingle bells: $3.7831. Faux Painted RugMaking use of outdoor areas is a popular way to entertain — or just relax — in spring. Add some color and interest to your concrete patio with the addition of a painted rug. Better Homes and Gardens suggested measuring the size of the area you want to paint. Mark the outer edges of the rug with painter’s tape before beginning to paint. Roll two coats of white concrete paint onto the concrete in the taped-off area as a primer. Allow the paint to dry.Mark color bands and blocks with painter’s tape inside the original tape border. Paint each section as desired. After the paint has dried, you can use stencils to decorate the color bands and blocks to add more dimension. Once the entire rug is dry, spray it with concrete sealer.The estimated cost for a faux painted rug is $26.56. Here’s what you’ll need:Painter’s tape: $2.97Two 8-ounce cans of white concrete porch paint: $9.38Three colors of acrylic paint: $5.22Clear satin concrete sealer: $8.99Click to find out how you can increase your home’s value with these DIY remodeling projects.Photos are for illustrative purposes only. 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Outdoor Solar Lighting
Solar outdoor lighting will charge throughout day, during the sunlight. Then as the nightfall returns, these lights will come on. Even though outside solar lights are slightly more of upfront then the average low voltage outdoor home lighting, they will have different rewards. The most effective being the availability of all the different styles and designs of the out-of-door solar light.One of the best features is the simpleness of installment. Without the need of electric cords or electricity and wiring, the wage of an electrician may be avoided. One of the greatest feature is of course subsequently being put in, there may be no addition to the electric bill. After soaking up the sunlight all day, the solar out-of-door lighting will automatically turn itself on at dusk and turn itself off at sunup.For the out-of-door deck lighting, the solar deck lighting will be obtainable in several sizes to fit on top of the assorted sizing of vinyl or wooden deck posts. These will help to make any deck secure and safe. Constantly keeping your deck in impressive light ready for use any time during nighttime. Likewise the solar mount wall lighting could be stationed with ease by the homeowner without requiring the assistance of the electrician. These will easily be attached to most any outside deck, wall or even any outdoor post. These can also increase value to your property creating a safe and secure appearance.A different special means to assist with added security measures to the exterior of the household or apartment could be to install the solar out-of-door path lights. What a charming way to spotlight the direction to the doorway also being able to point out whatever hazards that may be present such as any irregular sidewalk or landscaping. Another means to contribute a little something different to your outdoor garden lighting is to add the solar powered rocks or perhaps the solar powered flower lighting. If you own a pond, pool or waterfall, adding some of the solar floating lighting may contribute numerous intriguing effects with a wide variety of styles and colors to choose from. Several of these could even have the LED out-of-door lights that will permit for the coloring changing of lights. There is a large diversity of outdoor garden solar lighting to illuminate any size space you own.Do not forget the usage of solar spot and flood lighting. These could be used in a large-scale array of styles and designs including the wall mount and solar garden spot light that are a great way to direct lighting onto a sign or building. The function of commercial solar post lamps may be used to illuminate side walks and parking lots at no electrical cost. And do not forget that a good deal of the outside Christmas lighting are now available in the out-of-door solar lights.
How Can I Brighten Dim Solar Lights?
New batteries will not help...I am not sure if another type bulb is possible to use (compatible)1. 3 Best Solar Flood Lights You Need for 2021Solar flood lights are one of the most invaluable investments you can make for the safety of your home. These lights are convenient and practical additions that will make everything from using a home security cam to unlocking your door at night a little bit easier. They can also help to keep the critters away from your prized tomatoes. A flood light is designed to flood an area with light. It's very straightforward. Flood lights are most important for outdoor applications. Inside, you have your walls, mirrors, and surfaces of your furniture to help bounce light around to fill the space. One bulb can take you a long way in a small room. Outside, you do not have that luxury. It's a vast expanse, and without a well defined space to contain a light, it sort of leaks out everywhere. A normal light outside wo not go very far. Since a flood light is designed to beam a high concentration of light directly out into a wide area, they will do a better job at illuminating a vast expanse. Flood lights are used to illuminate outdoor concerts and sporting events at night. These flood lights are a lot more powerful than the kind you would need to illuminate your home, since your back porch is substantially smaller than a football stadium. Flood lights for home use are compact, easy to use and install, and relatively inexpensive. Boundery's LumiGuard Pro is an ultra-bright 270 degree motion sensing floodlight. It's the perfect one size fits all solution for some security and safe illumination. It easily installs on your front porch or by your back door, giving you enough light to safely enter and exit without tripping over the doormat or trying every key on the ring. The LumiGuard Pro XL was designed with home security in mind. Our biggest and brightest floodlight can be used to illuminate very large areas, making it helpful for homeowners with a lot of property. It's designed to detect motion from up to 25 feet away, neutralizing threats the moment they approach. The Original LumiGuard is a compact and powerful solar floodlight that installs in minutes. It's the perfect replacement for battery powered LED flood lights, providing substantially more life without the hassle and waste of constantly replacing batteries. Why Do I Need a Flood Light? There are a lot of excellent reasons to add a few flood lights to the front and back of your house. You can position them wherever you need them to make your life a little easier at night. After work, you stop off to have dinner with a friend and run some errands. You make a last minute trip to the grocery store so you can meal prep some healthy meals for the upcoming week. Before you know it, you are getting home at 8 PM. The porch light is not on. You now have the troublesome task of figuring out how to get your groceries to the door that you cannot see to unlock. It's a huge pain, and you are kicking yourself for forgetting to leave a light on. A motion activated flood light solves that problem. As you approach the flood light, it will turn on. You can hold your groceries in one hand and unlock the door with the other because it's easy to see what you are doing. Need to run back out to the car to grab that 12 pack of seltzer? The light will kick back on. If you are having people over for a night time gathering, you probably have a well lit gazebo or porch area. But what happens when someone needs to walk to their car or around the house? They are probably unfamiliar with where they are going, and you do not want them to trip and fall. Solar flood lights and Boundery's Solar LED Stair Lights can make it safe for people wandering around in the dark. People with bad intentions do not want to be spotted. If anyone were casing your house to vandalize or burglarize it, they certainly do not want to do so with a bright spotlight shining directly at them. Mischievous teenagers are programmed to run the moment a light kicks on. It will give them the sense that someone saw them, or that someone could easily see them if they noticed the light kicked on and looked out the window. Strategically placing motion sensor lights near security cameras will help them capture clearer footage. If your camera's night vision leaves much to be desired, keep it in its normal mode and back it up with some solar flood lights. If you live in a quiet area or have a small patch of woods behind your home, you probably love the view. What you do not love is the curious deer and raccoons that want to see what kinds of plants are growing on your property. Rabbits are just as interested in finding snacks at dusk as they are at dawn. If you are growing fragrant herbs, fruits, or vegetables in your backyard, put up a solar light. Any curious animals looking to steal a bite will be scared off when the light kicks on. Motion sensor lights work by detecting infrared waves. People, animals, and cars emit heat. This heat energy can be seen by a motion detector light, especially when it's moving. The sensor picks up on the heat signature that passes before it and, in response, turns on the light. Motion sensing lights can sometimes be triggered by things like foliage aggressively blowing in the wind. If this is a dealbreaker for you, just trim the bushes. You can also adjust the placement of your lights to avoid pointing them directly at greenery. Why Are Solar Lights Better Than Electric Lights? Solar lights are better than electric lights for countless reasons. The most obvious reason is that they do not ever cost you anything to run. They use the light from the sun to charge an internal battery. When the sun goes down, solar flood lights know that it's dark and will automatically begin to work. You never have to remember to plug them in, turn them on, or recharge them. Since they do not require an active source of electricity, you can place them anywhere. You do not need to run wires or extension cords or create hazards to power your solar lights. Anyone can install them with simple instructions and basic tools. How Many Solar Flood Lights Do I Need? The amount of solar flood lights you need depends on what you are trying to achieve. You may only want two: one for the front door, and one for the back door. If you tend to take the trash out at night, it may help to strategically place one by the cans. If you are using them for home security, you will want them near every entrance and exit of your home. You might want to place them near your security cameras or, as a precaution, near any areas of your home that get particularly dark at night. If you entertain on your property, you might want to place them in a way that they will illuminate the way to the nearest entrance of your home. It's polite to help people find the bathroom during a bonfire or late night whiskey tasting. Solar flood lights can be affixed to your exterior walls with screws. They have a place for those screws to go in the form of a built-in mount. It's usually as simple as using the right drill with the right bit to prepare the wall and affixing the light. It is not much different from hanging a mirror or a picture frame. Your solar flood light will come with detailed instructions. Every home can do with a few solar powered LED flood lights. They are a one-time investment for a lifetime of convenience, safety, and peace of mind. It's liberating not to worry about turning the lights off and on when you need them, and it's even better when the light wo not add a single penny to your electric bill. Solar powered LED lights are ready to go right out of the box, and even the laziest DIYer can have them up and ready in time to eat a sandwich and take a nap. It's such a simple fix for a common problem that now you know how easy it is, we are not sure how you will want to go without it!2. i purchased used walkway type solar lights but they won't light. what should i do?I would get a new set of rechargable batteries3. Yellow Grass around solar lights?How about the real situation and it is no any relationships with solar light.Cause it is new one and no any leakage for battery.Maybe the reason it is sand of grass when you make a the holes. Wait one day and have a look again.
Things You May Want to Know About New Solar Lights
An Introduction to new solar lightsWho told you Pluto is a star? You may be conflating a debated theory about Saturn and Jupiter being failed stars. Otherwise Pluto was demoted from planet to dwarf planet like Ceres in our Solar System. The new last planet is now Xena - renamed to ERIS. But that is debated too. Some think it is just a Kuiper Belt object like PlutoAny lighting people out there? of new solar lightsThere are many new solar lights on the market. they all charge a battery so the the better the batterie the longer the light lasts. By a good one. and take into consideration what the throw will be may 2 would be better. 400 ft is a long way longer then a football field so running electricity would be costlyLight Pollution: Finding the Best Way to Live With the Tyranny of the Majority of new solar lightsThis morning I journeyed to the outhouse in a landscape so flooded by moonlight I didn't need a flashlight, even though I was walking over the uneven surface of pahoehoe lava. On my way back I saw a dozen new solar lights that a neighbor had installed during my last trip.It made me sad, and a little angry. I live in a world beleaguered by light pollution. I moved out to the Kalapana Gardens lava field in 2007 when there were fewer than 6 homes in the subdivision; now there are over 50 and every year we get a few more. Many of my neighbors have chosen to light up their yards at night, every year taking away more and more of my eyes' ability to fully dilate in order to appreciate the full magnificence of the stars and the glow of the lava at night.I understand the convenience of light pollution. The ability to light up the night and extend productive hours is a key aspect of modern civilization. I often use electricity for light when it's dark.I feel frustrated, though, when people have lights on at night when nobody's using them. Solar lights charge every day and shine all night whether anyone needs to see by their light or not. Their invention has greatly increased the number of artificial lights I see at night. It makes me sad how popular they are.Solar lights mar the nighttime scenery for me, in part because they show me how out of step I am with today's U.S. citizens. I go through my house and cover up digital clocks and electronic displays as best I can in order to decrease light pollution; meanwhile my neighbors and friends are spending time and energy to increase light pollution.It reminds me of this year's election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. How is it possible for people to live side by side with each other when their values are opposite? If one person wants light, and the other doesn't, who gets to win? If one person wants oil pipelines and the other doesn't, who wins? If one person wants government-subsidized health care and the other doesn't, who wins?One way to deal with the issue is segregation. Just as animals in the zoo have different and separate habitats to take care of their different and separate needs, humans can have different habitats for people with different values. If I moved to an Amish area, I imagine I would be delighted at the lack of light pollution. Gated communities with CCRs help like-minded people find each other to live together; I could create a subdivision with rules that prohibit lights at night except when they are in direct use. I could move to a different country, perhaps one that is so poor that nobody would think to waste money on unused lights at night. I could segregate myself, moving to an isolated property with no visible neighbors, far away from any glow of a distant town or city.I often segregate myself, choosing separation over a change in my values. What I've noticed is that being alone in my values doesn't feel as good as being surrounded by people who have the same values as me. I have the body of a social mammal, with a brain wired to respond to the approval and acceptance of other mammals. I can override my social inclinations with rational logic; it feels better, though, when I don't have to, when my logical mind and my emotional body are both getting their needs met.In the case of my neighbors' solar lights, my logical mind knows that the LED lights are mostly eyesores; the light they emit is so weak it probably affects my night vision very little. It's mostly my emotional body that doesn't like being surrounded by people who seek out light pollution on purpose. It's a reminder that I'm the odd man out, the misfit in the group. It creates a fear of the future - what will happen when more people move in, and more and more light pollution infects my subdivision? Will I have to leave my beloved home because I have different values than the majority of my neighbors? If I have to abandon my home, it's my own fault. A little forethought could have shown that a subdivision is not the best place for somebody to live who likes a dark night, even a subdivision that had been abandoned because it was run over by lava 15 years ago.Unfortunately, human society in general does not seem like a good place for somebody to live who likes a dark night, which is perhaps why the proliferation of light pollution makes me feel so isolated and alone. I'm guessing that many people feel isolated and alone for some reason - maybe they're the only vegan in their school, or the only one who hates swimming among their friends, or the only one at the 4th of July family reunion who hates fireworks. We are all bundles of preferences, and we're bound to be the odd man out at least some of the time.For myself, the quest for like-minded people goes on. The older I get, the more I can distinguish between the issues that matter more to me and the issues that matter less. As your roommate, I don't care if you leave dirty dishes in the sink for a week, but I do not want to live with you if you are going to throw compost and recycling into the trash. The quality of my life is affected far more by the latter than by the former. Other people, with other values, will feel the opposite. I won't take it personally if they don't want to live with me, and I hope they don't take it personally that I don't want to live with them.Even though the light pollution has increased in my subdivision, it's still one of the better places for stargazing. Being off-grid helps; there aren't too many bright lights at night because most people want to use their limited electricity for something else. Living close to the Mauna Kea observatories helps, because the local towns have policies to reduce light pollution in order to help the astronomers see better at night. Even though my predilection for dark at night is a minority position, I've found an area with some influences to keep it on the darker side even as the population swells with light-lovers.Living in the body of a social mammal while surrounded by people who have different values from me is not easy. It is part of the human condition to balance personal preferences with the needs of the group. I imagine different people have different strategies depending on their values. For me, if the tyranny of the majority encroaches in an area that I care about deeply, I remove myself from the situation as best I can and seek out a new situation where the majority opinion is the same as mine, even if it means living alone so that mine is the only vote
Do Solar Yard Lights Need New Batteries Yearly?
i thought solar lights were powered by the sun not batteries you might want to check the sensor on them1. Who burns a porch light at night these days & why?I have solar lights on the front deck and I do not know how long they stay lit. I've come home past 2:00 am and they are still on so they may stay on as long as it's dark2. where/whose are the best solar lights to buy?For what purpose? Lighting up a pathway? Accenting the yard? Security lighting? There are all kinds of solar lights available3. I just purchased outdoor solar lights in a copper finish. How do you keep copper looking clean?Copper Solar Lights4. how do solar lights work?The solar panel generate electricity and store it in the battery. during night, the battery will release the electricity to make the lamp light. but it will need a good controller to control the charging and discharging. if you are looking for a good supplier of solar light, here I recommend Himin to you, this is a good manufacturer.5. Do solar lights for the outside home really work and do they last?If you want lots of light, forget solar, unless you want to install solar panels on your roof, and batteries, charge controllers and all that. Those little single lights you just poke into the ground are just token efforts.6. Where can I find black lights, solar lights, and stuff like that?home depot cf7. does anyone make indoor solar lights like the outdoor kind?particular does sound relaxing!! i love the idea about making use of light fixtures to decorate, yet somewhat of flickering possibly attempt the white light fixtures that are somewhat smaller than a golf ball. more than a number of human beings criss pass them from one end of a balcony to a distinct. also, attempt some classic chicken cages, possibly paint them a pastel colour like eco-friendly or lavender. you may want to placed candles in them or perhaps flora. As for the flora, attempt hydrangeas or tulips even as in season. seek for on-line the gardens in Versailles and see why sorts of flora and vegetation are grown there. As you stay in FL a tiny citrus tree might want to be stunning too, and the scent will be diving once the flora commence blooming8. Can solar lights be charged from indoor light or has to be sunlight?Indoor light is OK. in my experience9. What can i do about hispanic neighbour he keeps running over my Outdoor Solar Lights because he keeps cutting?First, I do not see how the fact that he is Hispanic makes a lot of different. Do not do anything stupid, he is probably doing this because he does not like you; maybe he thinks your racist? Take pictures, including treadmarks, call cops and place trespass and malicious destruction charges. Simultaneously, make copy of pictures (and use film, not digital as digital is often questioned in court), and take all the receipts for replacements and take him to claims court to get reparation. The guy is a jackass. Has nothing to do with race, he could be white, asian, black, indian, arab whatever; asinine people are asinine. Probably though, he does sense you do not like him because he is hispanic and that is why in part he is doing it. Do things by the law and then live and let live.10. how can solar garden light solar lights be rejuvenated ... have tried cleaning the panels with negative result?The panels are probably fine but the batteries inside misty likely seen better days. They do not last forever like any normal rechargable. IDE replace the batteries if it's possible if not your just gonna have to buy new ones I always considered those lights a gimmick their expensive and look cool but this is where they screw u. Call the manufactore and see if battery replacement is possible and where to buy them I am sure their speciality items11. 10 Stunning Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Inspiration –Many people choose to string a bunch of outdoor lanterns all over the garden as the lighting source. It's perfect for a party area or where you have a bunch of chairs set up for guests. Make them decorative by putting colored glass bulbs in them and hang them on trees or lines hung between trees. A more subtle but equally as warm lighting is leaving a bunch of candles out to illuminate the yard. This works especially well with larger patios and approaches. The benefit of candles is that they are incredibly relaxing and soothing and also require almost zero maintenance. If you are planning to have an outdoor gathering this summer, you might be interested in taking a look at these outdoor umbrella lights. They have a simple design and are quite easy to put together and install. Read all of the instructions before doing anything. Make sure that you have all of the supplies that you need. Most outdoor LED furniture are made with a standard poly-carbon structure and covered with outdoor-grade acrylic. This acrylic may have a transparent, frosted or wood-textured appearance. Most of these products use super bright LEDs to give the furniture an eye-catching glow at night. And most of the acrylic LED furniture are solar powered, so you do not have to worry about connecting these pieces to the power grid any more. This beautiful outdoor furniture is available online and at some major retailers. They are also some interesting decorative themed outdoor chairs like the following. 1. Glowing Chewing Gum Lightpost - This light is a replica of the iconic London Gum P. 2. Glowing Gumball Machine - This gumball machine may be smaller than a real one, but it still works just as well as the real thing. 3. Glowing Dog Poop Light - This light is supposed to remind you to scoop the dog's poop. 4. Glowing Telephone Booth - This vintage-inspired structure does not only light the way at night, but can also be used as a storage area. 5. LED Space Invader Light - The classic Space Invader video game has been turned into this showpiece that will get your guests' attention. Submersible pond lighting gives new life to the color of your water and the fish swimming in it. There are a variety of lighting effects to choose from. You can choose the color of the light, the beam angle, and the distance to light the water. Also, the intensity can be set so that the light only illuminates the water or so it's strong enough to light up the exterior of the pond. The pond and water come to life once the lights are turned on. You can choose from a variety of color combinations, including green light which looks really cool. It's definitely a one-of-a-kind aquarium feature that's sure to impress your guests during your next party. The bottom line, if you want to give your fish a spectacular environment to live in where you can admire the unique characteristic of each fish at night, take the time to install a submersible pond light. It's worth it. Energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Utilizes energy from the sun. No worries about fluctuating electricity costs. No more replacing light bulbs every 6 months. Solar lights are often 2-3 times more expensive than traditional lights. The light shed by solar lights are very soft. They may not reach distant areas. Turning them on at night will drain their batteries, so you have to make sure they have enough charge to get through the night. Uplighting is an affordable way to make an outdoor space look more inviting and beautiful. It's especially prominent in places where a lot of foot traffic occurs This type of outdoor lighting is perfect for lighting pathways and directs attention to key elements in the garden, like a must-have planting or architectural features. Since it's designed to illuminate the underneath scenery of trees, it's a beneficial sort of outdoor lighting for large areas. Benefits range from making an individual tree look dramatic to providing safety in a large garden by making pathways visible.
Solar String Lights: Perfect Lighting Accents for Parties and Holiday Occasions
Solar string lights are a perfect example of outdoor solar lighting that immensely beautifies your home exterior but with minimum costs involved. Inexpensive and environmentally friendly, these solar lighting is easy to install, need no special maintenance and will work efficiently for many years. Do you want your home exteriors and garden accentuated by colorful lighting in the evening? Or do you simply want some cheerful tiny illuminations this Yuletide season? Fret not, as solar string lights can very well do the job. These outdoor solar lights are great for exterior decoration, especially for party occasions, the Christmas holidays or simply to brighten up any ordinary evening. Many of us have been used to the traditional string lightings of different colors used in our parties and holidays. However, they consume a good, and expensive, amount of power. On the other hand, solar string lights can do the job just as well, yet they are so affordable to own and can be labeled as environmentally friendly because it only uses solar energy as its source of power. Imagine putting a string of lights around your Christmas tree, lending great lighting accent to it, without any cost at all. Solar string lights requires no complicated installation procedures; all you need to do is expose the solar panel fully to the rays of the sun for alternative power to be gathered and used in turning on the lights. It is so unlike the conventional lighting that needs to have long electrical wirings that usually go around the home. Unless the wires, which have live power running through them, are properly kept out of the way, conventional lightings can be prone to accidents such as people tripping over. You just have to make sure that your solar string lights are able to maximize its collection of energy coming from the sun in order to fully change the batteries. Place the panels where there is no chance of shadows and shades hampering the gathering of solar energy during daytime. Remember your solar lights will not work to its optimum capacity if the batteries are not fully charged. What makes these solar lights work? It is all because of LED or Light emitting diode technology. LED lights are small bulbs which work efficiently as they illuminate because of the fraction of power that they need. LED lights are also of excellent quality and very reliable. Hence, you are assured that your solar string lights will work for many years to come. For more interesting solar string lights and other outdoor solar lights and sun-powered gizmos , do visit us at our blog.
Go Green with Solar Garden Lights
If there are any home owners who are looking to decorate their backyards, then solar garden lights are what they need. They are the easiest and most inexpensive means of completing the look of a backyard and outdoor space. When compared to other lighting sources, solar lights for the garden burn up less energy. There are retail stores, as well as online shops that have beautiful collection of solar outdoor lights that will improve the look of any garden, walkway and patio. This can be done without increasing your electric bill. Using these lights to decorate your home will highlight the loveliness of the garden and the like. These lights are available in different styles and sizes that will surely make any yard glow.Anyone who wants to go green can easily do so because solar garden lights are eco-friendly. Over a short period of time, these lights have become a trendy since they use a renewable source of energy. No matter where they are placed, whether it is the backyard, landscape or patio; outdoor solar lights are always easy to install. The great thing about these types of lights is that a person can rely on them completely in order to light their backyard, since cabling is not required. There is no fear of being electrocuted while installing them, so outdoor lights offer a hassle-free and enduring performance.Solar lights have a NiCad rechargeable battery as well as LED bulbs, which keep the garden and backyard area illuminated at night. These lights provide up to ten hours of light, as long as you complete the charging process. In addition to adding great decoration to your backyard area, the said LED bulbs are developed to automatically create a bright output when it gets dark and can endure the toughest weather conditions.So if you are looking for a way to decorate your backyard, you can choose from a wide range selection of solar garden lights. These are decorative lights that may be used as round pathway lights, floating pond lights, dragonfly lights, lantern lights, and the like. There are many more to choose from, so whatever style or purpose you may have; solar lights will do the trick. These lights are made of quality stainless steel and plastic material which ensures you of a durable product. If you want to turn your garden into a peaceful and serene area, solar lights are great to have. They are an eco-friendly and cost effective method, which means you get to have best of both worlds.
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