Solar Lanterns have gained immense popularity in the last few years. But it is sad that the amount of interest generated by Solar Lantern as a term has not been directly proportional to its usage as a device.


Given the fact that electricity bills are touching sky high numbers, it is now widely accepted that the use of solar products has become an economic necessity. Compounded with this fact, is another worldview, that the use of solar products should be viewed as a moral responsibility also as these products are eco-friendly.

Even if we compare a solar lantern and a kerosene lamp from an aesthetic point of view, we can certainly come to the conclusion that a solar lantern is aesthetically more beautiful. Solar Lantern adds to the charm of the place. As compared to a kerosene lamp which de-glamorizes the look of your place, solar lantern adds to the beautification of it.

Solar Lantern is a reliable source of energy which in turn determines the quality of human life. In areas, where there is no electricity or where there are long power cuts for instance, villages, people generally opt for the traditional way of generating a method to light up their houses, studies or cater to their other needs. Solar Lantern is, therefore, a good option for domestic lighting for rural households where there is no or poor access to grid electricity. It allows people to carry out their daily chores, study and work properly.

Another point to ponder upon is the use of traditional fuels and the associated hazards. A normal and traditional approach is to use the common fuels which include biomass, for example, wood, charcoal or other fossil fuels like kerosene, diesel etc. These fuels are not only expensive but cause serious health problems like asthma etc. In the process of lighting up a kerosene lamp, there are combustion byproducts like smoke which can cause serious health problems. The use of such fuels, therefore, has serious economic consequences and health hazards. There is a dire need for all of us to adopt the new and safer technology of Solar Lantern as opposed to the traditional use of fossil fuels lit lamps. 

Therefore, considering the economic case of solar lantern which runs on solar energy vis-a-vis the input cost of kerosene for a kerosene-lit-lamp, solar lantern offers itself as an economically cheaper product. Let us know compare the labour involved in lighting both the lamps. On one hand, is a solar lantern which involves a mere exposure of the device to the imperishable sun and then, bringing it back to the point of end use while, on the other hand, there is a kerosene lamp which requires kerosene (costly) and a person to purchase it and fill the lamp with it on a regular basis and needless to mention, that the health of the engaged person burns with the smoke produced by the kerosene lamp. 

Moreover, the use of kerosene lit lamps has an adverse effect on the climate as carbon dioxide emissions are produced due to the burning of kerosene.


Briefly talking about the structure of a solar lantern, it is basically a portable light device or a light fixture which comprises of a photovoltaic module, light source (LED enabled lamps/CFL etc), a charge controller and a rechargeable battery.

Summarizing few of the many benefits of Solar Energy:

  1. Solar Lantern runs on Solar Energy which is a renewable source of energy as compared to a kerosene lit lamp which runs on non-renewable source of energy.
  2. It is Eco-friendly. It does not emit any emissions which can have an adverse effect on the climate. In simple words, it offsets the greenhouse gases emissions.
  3. It extends the working day especially in rural India which means that the income will also increase. This will, therefore, improve the quality of life and stem migration from villages to city.
  4. It facilitates studies as studies have a direct relation to the availability of light.
  5. Saves electricity.
  6. Reduces Maintenance Cost also. Kerosene lamps and diesel generators have to be refilled on a regular basis. If we consider the scenario of rural India, kerosene and diesel are not readily available. Moreover, purchasing and transporting kerosene and diesel are extremely difficult and expensive too. Whereas, solar lantern requires no such fuel and it will last for several years with minimal servicing too.
  7. Reduces the danger of fire. Diesel, Gasoline and Kerosene stored for lamps or generators are a safety threat as they can easily catch fire, whereas, solar lanterns are safe to use


Given the current scenario of India which is plagued with electricity crisis rising out of the imbalance between the demand and supply of power; power cuts, increasing cost of electricity, rising price of Kerosene (input material in the traditional kerosene lamps), no power supply in the interiors of India, I definitely, think that the use of Solar Lantern especially for the villages is the most convenient option- a GREEN OPTION.


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