The humble Moon Jar, one of the most pointless yet incredible inventions I have ever come across in my life. I bought this as a gift for my mum, one of those people who loves odd things and I never have a clue what to get for birthdays/christmas. and it really went down a treat.
You have three options for this product. This one, which is the Moon Jar, which emits a soft blue glow. You can also get the 'Sun Jar' which gives a yellowy gold light, and the interestingly named 'Twilight Jar' which gives out pink light (perfect gift for a little girl). The light is beautiful, it is soft and eerie, not too bright, but enough to be able to see in an unlit room.
The jar is a rather pretty mason jar, frosted white in colour and about 7 or 8 inches high. It's not nearly as heavy as it looks. It has a silver catch on the lid, much like you would find on a glass pasta jar. When you open the first section of the lid you find the solar panel which powers the jar, and a little push switch to turn it on and off. its fine to leave the jar on all the time, it will only light up once it can't detect any light (You can trick it by holding your hand over the panel) so wont be on all day. Underneath here is the bulb, made of plastic so won't break easily.
An ideal present for someone that has everything, an eco warrior, or just to have yourself at home to keep your electricity bill down.
My sister had been going on for a while about a solar powered lamp called a Sun Jar, and since I had a £20 voucher for IWOOT.com, I decided to buy a similar one from the same range, a Moon Jar.
The Moon Jar is from a company called suckuk and is a solar powered lamp which, during the day when it is not on, looks a little bit like a large, plain, frosted glass jar which is around 18cm high. The jar has a latch on it and when you open the top of it there is the solar panel and a button switch which allows you to turn the jar on or off. You can also lift that section off which reveals the bulb which lights up at night. The bulb is made of plastic so there is no worries about it breaking.
When you switch the jar on it starts charging when it is exposed to light. In the jar is a rechargeable battery which charges up through out the day, and when it starts to get dark the light turns on and the jar glows a wonderful blue colour. If the jar hasn't been exposed to much sun light it may not glow very bright or may not turn on at all so you do need to put it in quite a bright place during the day. The switch on the inside of the jar is quite handy as it means that you can turn the light off when you either don't want it on at night (if you are watching a film etc.), or if you just want to save the battery life.
The jar is also watertight so it is possible to have it outside in your garden or on the balcony, but I personally just use mine inside. The jar does emit quite a bright light, but its not enough to light a room or to really see by. It is more like a nice soft background light.
I love my moon jar and I love the idea of it. The fact that it is completely solar powered is wonderful as I don't have to use any electricity, and it gives off such a beautiful blue light when it is on. When it isn't on it looks like a nice, minimalist ornament which you can use both inside and out.
My Moon Jar cost £19.99, though it pays to shop around as you can get it for as little as £9.99. The only reason I paid that much for it was because I had a voucher for the website. I would recommend the moon jar, I think it is great! If you're not so keen on the blue colour it is possible to get a yellow or a pink one from the same range.
I had been looking to buy a 'sun jar' but the moon jar was half the price so I thought I would give it a go.
It is a solid, weighty glass mason jar, slightly opaque. The solar cell sits just inside the lid and has an on off button for if you decide you don't want to use it every night. Being a mason jar it is waterproof so can be left outside, great if you forget to bring it in after charging especially in Scottish weather. Once charged the blue glow that it gives off is just enough light to read by if it is immediatly next to you. If you like it dark while you sleep then this probably gives off too much light to be in the same room as you. We use it in the hallway just outside the children's rooms as a night light and take it camping for evening light where it probably works best.
On a full charge it lasts around five hours but we found that to get that it had to be charged outside. It says on the instructions it will charge while sat on the windowsill but this only gave us one to two hours of light. Larger sunnier windows might fare better but we tried it in both a south facing window and a south facing roof velux with no improvement. It doesn't appear to make any difference if you open the lid or not so if charging outdoors probably best to leave it closed just in case it rains.
I love the idea, just wish it charged better indoors.
This year (like most years) we spent Christmas in Italy. As you've probably worked out now our "moon Jar" was a Christmas present.
Technically, my dad only got this (it was his present), from a family friend, midway through January.
Now, when you take into account global warming, the world is going to die blah blah, this is quite a good present. Well I personally think it's completely pointless and therefore love it. It always makes you feel good about not wasting resources, for example if you go to Oxfam, you can get solar powered phone chargers and other interesting, eco-friendly things.
The price, although you shouldn't ask, is roughly £20. But I think that because it's small and looks like a jar, It's quite nice. I have heard people call it cute, but I wouldn't go that far, it's just a jar with an LED bulb in it.
Another thing you can do is put it outside, it's waterproof.
How to use it:
All you have to do is undo the lid, and you see a little black circle with plastic around the edge (so it doesn't fall in). On the side closest to you, there is a little button and (always read the instructions) if you press it, so that it stays down, it means it's on. Then all you have to do is put it in a dark place and it will light up,assuming you have charged it, due to its sensor (which tells it if there is light or not).
If by some crazy chance, you hate it and find it hideous, just take out the light and use it as a normal jar, It's quite a big jar about 15cm tall.
I was going to put it in my room but, I kept tossing and turning, I can't sleep with the light on. But other wise the relaxing blue light is ideal for evenings.
So now it sits on my table in the off position, but yet I still reccomend it as a nice gift and hope you make better use out of it then. And it seems child friendly.
There certainly are some unusual novelty products around these days, many of which fit into the genre of ambient lighting. One such item, made by 'Suck UK' is the 'Moon Jar' (also known as the 'Sun Jar: Blue'), a traditional glass 'mason' jar with some solar-powered wizardry inside.
So what does it do?... well, as the text on the box explains, "Jam jars store jam, the Sun Jar collects and stores sunshine so that you can use it at night".
In practice, this means that by placing the jar on a sunny window-ledge by day, it will gather the energy from the sun, and when the ambient light in the room drops to a certain level, the three LED lamps inside the jar will turn on automatically and produce a calming blue glow... cool! The LED's actually create a ball of light effect which resembles the moon - hence the name of the product.
I would say that the light which the Moon Jar produces is roughly the same brightness of that of a candle - it isn't really enough to read by - but it does look great sitting in the corner doing its own thing. I like to have it on whilst watching TV, as it creates a unique ambience in the room.
Costing £17.90 from Amazon, the product is fairly weighty (699 grams), and measures 10.2 x 10.2 x 15.2 centimetres. As the product is watertight - due to the rubber seal around the lid, the jar can be used outside in any weather, and would make an excellent garden light - great for dusk parties and barbecues. It would also be good as a children's nightlight - especially due to the fact that it turns on automatically when darkness falls.
The Moon Jar's internal battery will need several hours of sunlight to charge, and a fully filled solar cell can provide around five hours of light. If you get fed up with the beautiful blue glow, there is an off switch which can be accessed by opening the lid of the jar and pushing the button next to the solar panel.
It is possible that you may not be able to get the jar to work if you live in a place with not much sun - but there is a way to cheat... if you remove the Moon Jar's internal AA battery and charge it up yourself (with a regular battery charger), you can achieve a healthy glow without using any sunlight. This technique is listed in the instructions, and as such is completely safe.
The Moon Jar is a well made and excellent product. Due to its novelty value it would make a great Birthday or Christmas gift for a whole range of ages. It may sound like an unusual idea - a jar that holds nothing except light - but at the same time it's ingenious, and environmentally friendly at the same time (Eco-Friendly Gift Of The Year 2007).
If you're looking for a fairly cheap piece of lighting to impress the friends, then look no further - the Moon Jar may be the product for you - it's transportable, robust, beautiful, and most of all... unusual. Highly recommended.
For more information, see: www.suck.uk.com
Made with a traditional Mason jar and high tech energy efficient lighting! Captured inside the jar are a highly efficient solar cell, rechargeable battery and low energy LED lamps. When the jar is placed in sunlight the solar cell creates an electrical current that charges the battery over a few hours. This energy is then used at night to power the three LED lamps inside the jar.