We all love the beauty of yards lit up with beautiful, twinkly lights during the holiday season. But it can cause sticker shock when you get your electric bill, especially if you like to really light up your yard. Solar power outdoor Christmas lights are a wonderful alternative to the traditional outdoor lights.
The obvious main advantage to using solar lights is the savings in the amount of energy or electricity used, because they don’t use any. But another advantage is that there is almost no heat produced by the lights themselves. You don’t need to worry about a strand shorting out and causing a fire.
Solar outdoor Christmas lights are quite beautiful. They use LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs so they are bright and clear. They come in different shapes like round, oval, teardrop, and snowflake, and strands of different lengths and color variations. You can even buy solar net lights and solar icicle lights, and some of them can be set to flash, blink, or stay on continuously. You have about the same choices for solar lights as you have for traditional lights when you are decorating outdoors for Christmas.
Another advantage to using solar lights is that you can put them wherever you want them without having to have an electrical outlet close by. This makes them perfect for other festive events throughout the year, like outdoor weddings and parties. Or just leave them up in your yard for your own enjoyment, without worrying about the electric bill. They can be used to decorate your porch, provide lighting for a pathway, or just about any other use you can imagine.
Solar power outdoor Christmas lights work much like any other solar application. The lights are attached at the end of their string to a controller board. The board contains solar cells, also known as photovoltaic cells, a battery, and a light sensor. The cells convert sunlight to an electrical current that charges the rechargeable battery.
The board is attached to a stake in the ground at a location that gets direct sunlight during the day. The light sensor on the board reads the outdoor light level, and when dusk comes, it turns the solar lights on.
On a good sunny day, the battery is completely recharged, powering the lights for anywhere from 8 to 15 hours, depending on the quality of lights you buy. If it is cloudy, rainy or snowy, the battery only gets a partial charge, powering the lights for a shorter period of time.
Because LED lights use almost no energy, compared to traditional Christmas lights, they can easily be powered by a small solar cell. This makes them the ideal light source to be run by solar power.