lanterns 3 pearlessenceshop

Installing hardwired, outdoor lighting can be a big, expensive, all-too-often unaesthetic hassle, forcing you to put lights where you really don’t want them, and use commercially produced fixtures that are less than enchanting. One elegant, inexpensive solution is solar lanterns.

My favorites are Allsop‘s faux Japanese shoji solar lanterns available in a rainbow of lightweight polyester that mimics silk. Hang them anywhere outdoors where they receive at least 6 hours of sunlight on the small solar cells located on the top. They begin to glow as soon as dusk falls, and continue until around 4:00 am, when they slowly wink out, one by one.

lanterns 2
I like the gentle glow of the robin’s egg blue ones which I bought for a Blue Moon party* four years ago. Amazingly, they’re still glowing, despite having been left outdoors since then. (Note: we do not have hard, snowy winters.)
susan dworski
susan dworski
susan dworki
susan dworki


I wish I had a photo of my friend’s back yard in Taos in January, buried in snow, barren trees, with a swinging line of bright red lanterns reflecting like glowing red cherries on the ghostly lawn.


*On the rare occasion of a blue moon, I like to give an evening lawn party with a blue moon theme. Food, costumes, moony madness. Your imagination can fill in the blanks.
Shoji lanterns are available from Amazon and from

Susan Dworski

Related posts: the enduring chic of noguchi-esque paper shades
if not balloons, how about sky lanterns + wishing papers?
string lights as everyday indoor lighting
modernist noguchi-esque paper shade lights (cheap)
dream balloons

If you’ve found illumination, joy, or inspiration in this post, please consider supporting Improvised Life. It only takes a minute to make a secure donation that helps pay our many costs. A little goes a long way towards helping Improvised Life continue to live ad-free in the world.

Support Improvised Life ♥

4 replies on “solar-powered moon lanterns for summer nights

  1. Hi, love the lights! I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and was wondering if there was a website i could order them off? Thanks

  2. I would check out Amazon CA… or Amazon US will ship.

  3. these are indeed lovely, but the website for the lantern is


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *