Do you worry over Christmas about your electricity bills due to all the Christmas lights you have in and outside your home? If you want to help the environment as well as save money, solar Christmas lights are the perfect choice for you. Solar-powered lighting is not much different to LED lighting or other types of lights, except for the fact that it uses no mains power; it just uses the light from the sun.
Even during winter, solar-powered lights are able to shine all night and then recharge themselves during the day. This works even on an overcast day, just not as quickly as on a clear sunny day. A lot of solar lights nowadays contain a reserve battery, which means that even if you have an extremely dark, dull day the lights should still keep going. If the solar lights have a reserve battery, the reserve battery will charge first during recharging and then the main battery will recharge afterwards.
There are solar lights for many different uses, including Christmas trees or garden and path lights. The Christmas tree solar lights are ideal if you have your tree near a window, as the solar panel will get the sunlight it needs. The outdoor solar lights are perfect for hanging from your roof to give icicle effects or for putting them along your path to light it up. Outdoor solar lights are also brilliant for garden parties throughout the summer too!
Indoor vs Outdoor
Most solar lights are designed for outdoor use, so you can use them however you see fit. They can handle most weather conditions, but some are for indoor use only, so always read the packaging first! Most solar lights turn themselves on automatically as it starts to become dark, and stay lit for a minimum of eight hours – meaning they stay lit overnight, even during some of the longest nights. If the lights don’t turn on themselves, they will have an on/off switch for you to do it yourself.
No Power Strip!
One of the best things about solar lights is the fact that you don’t have to have numerous multi-plugs; all you will need is a day of sunlight for around four hours if they are in direct sunlight to allow them to charge. These lights may be slightly more expensive than normal mains lights, but they are more beneficial and less costly in the long run, as you will not have any electricity charges.
All in all, solar lights are much more beneficial in every way, as they do the exactly same thing as most mains powered lights, but have more benefits:
- They charge in a matter of hours, usually taking about four hours in direct sunlight
- They are much more energy efficient
- They don’t use electricity from the mains, so it saves you money on electricity bills over Christmas.
- They are usually are designed to last for a minimum of eight hours
- They are better for the environment, as they don’t use electricity – therefore cutting down your carbon footprint.
- They are available for use either indoors, outdoors or both, so check the packaging first before using them outside.
- They have many uses all year round: garden parties, path lights, garden lights or Christmas lights.