October 18, 2017

Solar Christmas Lights

Solar Christmas lights are one of a number of money saving ideas that could help you decorate your home in the strained economic times of this holiday season.  Unlike many money saving ideas, this one is cost effective and allows you the added benefit of doing something green to benefit our environment. 

 

Why Should I Go Solar?

 Investing in solar Christmas lights can eliminate one of the highest ticket items on your holiday decorating list– electricity for your display.  In place of the power draining strings that can use up to 100 watts a piece, solar Christmas lights work 100% by using the no-cost energy of the sun.  These power-saving light sets work in exactly the same way as the solar lights commonly used in landscape lighting. 

A solar Christmas light set consists of a string of lights attached to a controller board.  The board is made up of a battery, solar cells and a light sensor.  The light sensor gathers the light, activating the solar cells (photovoltaic cells) convert the sunlight into electricity.  The produced electricity is then used to charge the battery that powers the Christmas lights.  On a bright, sunny day, the cells can take in enough sunlight to totally recharge the battery that powers the outdoor string lights.  Should the wintry days be cloudy, the cells will still recharge but may not totally recharge the battery.  If this is the case, the lights will not stay lit as long as they would if totally recharged. 

Solar Christmas light sets use the industry’s new darling, LED lights. These LED (light emitting diode) bulbs asolar coverre more efficient to operate than traditional electric Christmas lights, making them the ideal choice for use with sunlight-dependent solar cells.  You’ll find solar Christmas lights to be particularly bright and clear and available in a variety of bulb colors and string lengths. In addition some manufacturers are offering inflatable solar light covers that drape over your lights and create images like this snowman available from Amazon.com

 

 

 

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.

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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

Go Green With Solar String Lights

Make things easier for yourself with solar string lights

During a hectic holiday such as Christmas, worrying about extension cords, over-crowded outlets and remote-power sources are the last thing you want to do. Why not eliminate the problem by investing in solar string lights? Cheap and ecologically-friendly, solar string lights can illuminate your house and cost you nothing on your electric bill at the same time. Easy and safe to install, you will no longer have to worry about running power cords throughout your house just to ensure your holiday decorations work.

Steal my sunshine

Solar string lights are powered by the energy of the sun, charging the batteries during the day. It is important that the solar panel is exposed to enough light for about three hours a day; otherwise, the solar light batteries will not be fully charged, resulting in some lackluster holiday décor. Although this might get frustrating at times, the benefit of solar string lights is that they can be placed virtually anywhere, even indoors, as long as they are exposed to light.

Depending on the mood you’re trying to set, solar string lights are available in a wide array of colors and styles. White lights are available for a simple but elegant look while colored lights create a more energetic atmosphere. They even come in different shapes such as butterflies for the spring or pumpkins for the fall. Needless to say, you don’t lose out on any creative elements by investing in solar string lights.

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