Solar Powered Christmas Lights
Solar powered Christmas lights are safer for your home, require less maintenance, and are better for the environment. They will also save money over time.
Types of Solar Powered Christmas Lights
Like traditional lights, solar powered Christmas lights come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.
Popular colors include white, red, green, blue, amber, and multi colored.
Solar String Lights
Solar string lights look similar to traditional Christmas lights. These solar holiday lights use LED (Light Emitting Diodes) bulbs. They can be used both indoors and outdoors, as long as the solar panel is placed outside and receives direct sunlight.
Like traditional lights, solar string lights are available in various lengths and styles. Short strands can be used to decorate small trees, railings, windows, and doorways. Also available are smaller strands strung in pre-lit wreathes, garland and artificial trees. Longer strands are best used for lining houses and decorating large trees.
Although solar string lights are popular during the holiday season, they can also be used during the other times of the year. Festive off season solar lights are available in many shapes including butterflies, stars, and ladybugs.
Solar Rope Lights
Solar rope lights are a string of LED lights encased in a plastic tube.
The plastic covering protects the lights from moisture. The covering also gives them flexibility, allowing the lights to be wrapped around deck railings and other objects.
The clear tubing poses little risk and is typically cool to the touch.
These lights are also called solar path lights and solar tube lights.
Rope lights are becoming increasingly popular because they can be placed almost anywhere. Solar tube lights are usually placed outdoors on windows, decks, patios and doors. They are often used to line sidewalks, swimming pools, stairs and handrails. They can also be used to wrap around trees, mail boxes and any place else you can imagine.
How Solar Powered Christmas Lights Work
Like other solar yard lights, solar powered Christmas lights store the sun's energy during the day and use it at night.
While most solar lighting has an individual solar cell for each fixture, solar holiday lights use a control board.
Each board holds several solar panels. The control board holds the rechargeable battery that releases the sun's energy.
Near dusk, a built-in sensor detects darkness and triggers the light to turn on.
Unlike traditional Christmas lights, solar holiday lights are tangle free and aren't tethered to an outlet. This gives solar holiday lights the flexibility to be placed almost anywhere, as long as the control board receives direct sunlight.
Tips for Solar Powered Christmas Lights
When putting solar Christmas lights in a shady spot, check for a sunny area to place the control board.
Look for models that are weatherproof and offer a money back guarantee.
Look for warranties to back up large purchases.
Consider the color you want your solar holiday lights to be. Solar Christmas lights come in many colors including white, red, green and gold. Traditional white and gold are the most popular; while green, red and blue offer a fun and festive look.
When using solar rope lights to line driveways and other areas, it's best to measure the area first. If you are lining a large area or plan to use solar rope lights in several locations, consider buying in bulk. This can save quite a bit of money.