The Sundial

The sundial can vary in shape and color.

Sundials are very beautiful objects, full of meaning and symbolism. They indicate the universal time, that of nature, they can understand the connections between the earth and the sun, between our home and the cosmos. They were created by Easy to install, logical, they are environmentally friendly, consuming only no batteries. They skate facades of your house of authenticity and histoire.Quelle pride and happiness to our children use these clocks that prehistoric men have invented!!!!! A magnificent outdoor decoration very original at low prices.

Technical characteristics of the sundial:

  • Supplied with manual sundial very detailed.
  • Supplied with a rod (gnomon) Stainless steel will not rust and you will fix following the instructions
  • Data in the user manual.
  • Must be positioned on a south facing wall
  • Support without problems and freezing rain
  • Are signed and have a hook on the back for wall mounting

Instructions of the sundial:

It is the shadow of the gnomon (steel shaft) carried on the dial that shows the time. The shadow moves away from the sun’s path, we therefore read a sun dial from west to east.
The time displayed is the solar time, this is not the standard time.
To convert the solar time in standard time, add
+ 2 hours in summer or in winter + 1 h
at solar noon, it is 14 pm in summer and 13 hours in winter

Fixing sundials:

The gnomon (stainless steel rod) must be fixed (with cement, glue, etc …) before attaching the sundial on the wall. This can be done flat (on a table) and at any time of day or night. More info  here

Adjusting the vertical angle between the rod and the dial: latitude

It is determined by the position in the land of your sundial compared to the poles and the equator. latitude on the internet is ltrouve, your GPS, your mobile phone. Cut a cardboard triangle with the same number of angles that will serve as template when it slipped between the dial and the gnomon at fixing it.

Adjusting the lateral angle between the rod and the plate: longitude

The gnomon must look south, solar noon, halfway between the position of the rising sun (east) and sunset (west).
The south of the sundial is represented by the line XII or 12H is solar noon.
The gnomon should be set parallel to this line.

Attaching the sundial on the wall:

The sundial must be installed vertically on a wall facing south. It will therefore be perpendicular to the east and west. To follow the path of the sun in the sky, that position is paramount.


65 ° Reykyavik
60 ° Helsinsky, Bergen, Stockholm, Alaska
55 ° Glasgow, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Moscow
53 ° Dublin, Hamburg, Manchester
52 ° Amsterdam, Hanover, Berlin, Warsaw
51 ° London, Dusseldorf, Rotterdam
50 ° Lille, Brussels, Frankfurt, Brighton, Krakow
49 ° Caen, Metz, Rouen, Luxembourg
48 ° Quimper, Paris, Nancy
47 ° Orleans, Vierzon, Auxerre, Budapest
46 ° Poitier, Geneva, Québec45 ° Clermont Ferand, Lyon, Turin, Milan
44 ° Bordeaux, Valencia, Belgrade
43 ° Bayonne, Marseilles, Genoa, Florence
41 ° Barcelona, Porto, Istanbul
42 ° Perpignan, Bastia, Boston
40 ° Madrid, Naples, New York
38 ° Athens, Lisbon, Beijing, San Francisco
36 ° Tunis, Cadiz, Tokyo
30 ° Baton rouge, Jerusalem, Agadir
20 ° Reunion
14 ° Pointe à Pitre, Dakar, Bangkok,

History sundials:

For centuries the sun’s position is the reference to mark the passage of time. By observing the direction and length of the shadow of a stick driven into the ground the first men marked the different times of day, duration and identification of seasons.
In the Middle Ages the first sundials appeared in Europe, then embellished by the addition of sentences.
the avènenement of mechanical clocks (according to has not competed them, unlike the sundials are used to adjust mechanical clocks.
Today, as our electronic clocks we give great precision, none gives us the real time, the time of nature, when the sun rises in zenith.
Made of light and shadow, the sundial given by her astral link, a dimension our cosmic time.