September 19, 2017

Solar–A Novel Approach to Christmas Lighting Installation

Solar Outdoor Lights

Looking for a novel, convenient and energy efficient way to achieve manage your Christmas light displays?  This year consider doing your holiday decorating with solar outdoor lights.

go green with solar string lightsSolar Outdoor lights use a small solar panel that is mounted on a support and pushed into the snow or grass in your yard.  By day, the panel gathers energy, that in the evening hours is used to power your holiday light display.  Using this system will save you plenty on utility bills–enough to boost your  budget for additional holiday gift buying.

The only possible disadvantage you need to be aware of is at times when there are multiple days where little sun is offered.  On such days, the lights will usually still come on but you might need to be prepared for them to be a little less bright than on days offering full sun.  You should also be aware that some sets may appear to have burned out bulbs at times of low sunlight.  Often the problem is simply that they need to recharge in the sun.  Be patient before you give up or think your LED light string set has a problem.

Back on the plus side, using solar lights will allow you to add Christmas light to parkways without laying and taping power cords to the sidewalk. Eliminating this hassle is one of the best reasons there is to go with solar lights.  If you’re like me you find the stringing of light cords over sidewalks to be dangerous for potential tripping and a hazard during snow blowing or snow shoveling.

Unlike traditional Christmas lights, solar Christmas lights use LED bulbs, which although a bit more expensive than conventional bulbs, are more energy efficient. For just this reason the bulbs make a good choice for use with solar power.

LED Solar

LED Solar

LED Solar Garden Sticks

LED Solar Garden Sticks

Bright and clear, the solar light strings also come in a variety of styles, colors and lengths.    As an option you might consider these solar garden sticks–yet another unusual way to decorate for the holidays with solar.  For added excitement, consider purchasing strings that are equipped with a remote control.  Using a remote allows you to put on your own flashing holiday light show.

Check out the solar garden sticks at:  www.mainlandmart.com

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