Solar Powered Christmas Lights Review

Has anyone tried solar Christmas lights in an effort to save energy this winter? I’ll admit to owning a strand of these solar powered white Christmas lights for $19.95. Here’s the product description:

Solar-powered decorating lights – no outlet needed! Now decorate anywhere without dangerous extension cords or need for an outlet. Sun charges string of 60 lights by day, turn on automatically at dusk and run for about eight hours! No energy cost! Great near road, around mailbox or lamp post – now you’re not limited to nearby outlet. 26′ length.


These are the white solar powered Christmas lights I got for just under $20. The image is deceiving–mine are all white, not multi-colored.

My verdict? They work pretty well! I bought them last summer because I wanted some outdoor lights for my garden. If the solar charger is exposed to sunlight for at least six hours, the lights stay on for eight hours, as the description indicates. However, now that the days are getting shorter and rainier, I’m not getting much light out of them. If you want to use them as your only holiday lights, you might be disappointed.

The only other possible downside to solar lights is that they burn blue rather than yellow—so it’s not a warm, twinkling kind of light. I still like the look of them, strung out by the  patio table over the rosebushes, cheering up the back yard.

Comments

  1. We have solar powered snowflakes. We love them.

    Also thought you guys may want to be apart of my Green Holiday Blog Carnival (your book will be in the gift guide part. 🙂 ). Here is more info-
    http://www.retrohousewifegoesgreen.com/2010/11/green-holiday-blog-carnival.html

  2. Just read another blog post – can’t remember which one – that Christmas lights strands often have lead in them. But here’s an ehow article about it:

    http://www.ehow.com/how_4620998_lead-exposure-christmas-tree-lights.html

    Do these have lead? It would be awesome if they didn’t!

    In my family we usually don’t get to the lights and tree until last minute, if we do at all. Not that we aren’t festive, we just always leave the decorating until the last minute… Now that our baby girl has joined us, though, I hope we’ll be a bit better about preparing for the holidays.

  3. Actually, the blueish hue is a result of the LED and not the fact that the lights are solar powered. LED lights which are not fully-rectified (meaning they don’t have a rectifier built in) emit a white-blueish hue. The more expensive LED lights are usually (but not always) fully-rectified or “full-wave” and these are the ones which emit a pure white crisp light.

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