The festive season is here again, and its time dig into your attic, unravel your extension cords and string up those Christmas light. Surprisingly, As beautiful they may look, these little lights can have a huge effect on your electrical bills. Luckily, there is an alternative. You might want to consider Solar Christmas Lights, which are a great option for energy-conscious holiday decorators.
Solar Christmas lights require no wiring installations so you can hang the strands virtually anywhere, and most turn on and off automatically. Talk about a solar solution! Just how do these solar light fixtures work? Read on to find out.
How do solar Christmas lights work?
Solar Christmas lights are like normal decorative Christmas lights, except that they are powered by the sun.
Typical Christmas lights use energy from the grid to light up your home, which means you need to run an extension cord from your home to where you’ve hung your lights. With solar-powered lights, you can forget the extension cord. Instead, your lights attach to a small solar panel at their end which uses the sun’s energy to charge an attached battery during the day. When the sun sets, a light sensor will automatically turn your solar lights on using the rechargeable battery.
Solar lights usually use LEDs instead of incandescent bulbs. LEDs are slightly less bright than traditional incandescents but are far more energy efficient and can be run on just a few hours of sunlight stored in a battery. The small solar panel that powers solar Christmas lights is usually attached to a stake that you can place in a sunny spot in your yard to charge up the battery during the day.
What will solar Christmas lights cost you?
Solar Christmas lights will have a higher up-front cost than conventional plug-in options. (However, remember that you’re saving money in the form of lower electricity bills!) In general, prices for solar-powered lights are around 30 to 50 percent higher. Because Christmas lights are not a very expensive item, to begin with, this price difference usually amounts to less than $10. For example, a 100-foot strand of solar-powered lights on Amazon might cost around $30, with a comparable 100-foot string of normal plug-in lights coming in just above $20.
Where to buy solar Christmas lights
Investing in some strings of solar powered Christmas lights is a great way to do your part in supporting energy-saving technologies during this holiday season. While they may cost more than standard lights up front, you may see small savings on your energy bill depending on how long you choose to have the lights up.