Choosing the right solar Christmas lights can be hard if you haven’t done it before. That’s why we’ve decided to put together this little buyers’ guide to show you all of our top picks. All of these are pretty cheap, durable, and reliable and will last you for years and years!
Whether you’re prepared for it or not, Christmas is just around the corner. The stores have been gearing up for weeks by now, playing Christmas jingles around the clock. So, naturally, it’s time to start putting the lists together to make sure that you have everything you need. However, in the hustle and bustle, it can be easy to forget a few things. And, if you’re anything like us, the lights are always left until the last possible moment. We take our annual trip up into the attic, only to pull out a horribly tangled mess of electric wiring. It’s usually quite a bit of hassle, and it always seems to be the case that the lights never work straight away. So, this got us thinking about ways to simplify this bit of the process. After all, Christmas is meant to be a time of relaxation, right?
Whether your style is to light up just the tree, or absolutely every possible object in the garden too, you will no doubt have noticed that your electricity bill goes up at this time of year. In fact, running a thousand lights for only a few hours a night can have your bill go up by as much as $50 per month. Now that’s a whole lot of money if you add it up over the course of a few years! Solar Christmas lights, on the other hand, effectively cost you absolutely nothing to run. Sure, they cost a bit more to buy in the first place, but they last for years. The money you save year on year can then be put to better use. You can add an extra item or two to the Santa list, or splurge on some fancier wine for Christmas Day
You might think that setting up solar lights might be more difficult than setting up the old electric ones, but this is just not the case. You won’t have to scramble around connecting extension leads to other extension leads anymore, for starters! The result is a safer and easier set-up that should only take a few minutes. All you need to do is to stake the solar panel into the ground with the stake provided. Then you just string the lights up around a tree or under the awnings – wherever you like. After this, it should only take a couple of hours for the solar panel to charge. And hey presto, by nightfall you should have an amazingly illuminated and shiny display in your garden. It’s as easy as that! Most lights will also have a setting for either steady-on or flashing via a switch on the line or panel.
Outdoor solar Christmas lights are not only quite cheap, but they are built for purpose too. They can generally withstand a beating from the weather and still keep on running just fine. However, this does not mean that they will last forever. Generally, the batteries in solar lights are the first thing to wear out. You will notice this happening when they can no longer hold a charge long enough to light an area. In general, this takes 4 or more years to happen. Luckily, it is possible to replace a battery pretty cheaply. The LED lights themselves last for an incredibly long time and should still be shining bright a decade after they were purchased. If you happen to have extreme winters in your area, it is best to change the battery every year or two.
Solar Christmas lights generally use LED lights instead of the old energy-zapping incandescent bulbs. However, this does not mean that you’ll notice much of a difference. Admittedly, LED lights aren’t quite as bright, but considering that you won’t be paying for any electricity, you can always add more to be safe! Plus, the difference is negligible. So long as the solar panel has had a fair amount of sun, your lights will shine bright.
Now that we’ve seen the clear advantages of using solar-powered Christmas lights over the old-fashioned electric type, here are three of the best on the market at the moment. You might be pleasantly surprised at how cheap it is to change over to solar power!
Choosing the right solar Christmas lights can be hard if you haven’t done it before. That’s why we’ve decided to put together this little buyers’ guide to show you all of our top picks. All of these are pretty cheap, durable, and reliable and will last you for years and years! So, without further ado, here are the best three sets of solar Christmas lights on the market right now.
42M 400LED String Solar Powered Fairy Lights
Though this list is in no particular order, we thought we’d kick it off with the biggest and boldest option possible! These are pretty much the ideal lights for when you want to go as big as you can for cheap. This set of 400 warm, white-coloured LED lights on a 42-metre long string is guaranteed to light up most, if not all of your garden. They are 100% waterproof and will pump out light for 8-10 hours if the solar panel has seen a good amount of sunshine during the day. Installation and set-up could not be easier. Just turn on the switch, put the solar panel somewhere nice and bright, and when the sun sets the lights will come on automatically.
· Insanely cheap price for 400 lights
· Super easy set-up
· 2 inbuilt modes: flash, and steady-on
· Battery needs really good sunshine to charge for maximum effect
Solar Powered LED Christmas Party Lights 100-Pack - Multi-Colour
Though some of us prefer a simplistic one-colour display when we are lighting up our gardens for the festive season, some of us crave a bit of variety. Naturally, you might expect that this effect would set you back a little more, but that is simply not the case. It can be done for cheap! Possibly the best thing about this particular lighting set-up is that it can be used either inside or outside. The bulbs are highly energy-efficient too. So, the battery lasts for ages! They are also really bright!
· Great value for money!
· Reliable and come with a manufacturer warranty
· Two functions: flash and steady-on
· As far as we can tell, there are no cons!
Curtain lights are designed to light up the dull looking guttering and to add a bit of magic to the proceedings instead. This set of 100 lights is super easy to set up and will light up the place no matter where you decide to hang them. They’re a tough build and quite resilient. They’re cheap as chips. And, they are quite a bit more powerful than you would expect solar Christmas lights to be. In the long run, they’ll actually save you quite a bit on the electricity too! They can be set up to either flash or to just constantly be on. Once they are fully charged, they’ll stay vibrant for 8 whole hours after. The lights themselves are multicoloured – red, green, yellow, and blue, and there are 5 lights per strand.
· Incredibly good bang for your buck
· Easy to install and lightweight
· Really transforms the look of your home for the Christmas season
· The plastic end caps can fall off the rope lights sometimes
Are Solar Christmas lights waterproof?
Solar lights for the garden are generally okay to be left out all year round. However, if your lights are made of glass, it is generally better to bring them inside if you are expecting extreme weather. Water is not a problem for solar lights though. The worst that can happen is that a pool of water can block direct sunlight from getting at the panel.
Are solar Christmas lights safe?
In recent years, solar equipment has gotten a lot more refined, safer, and reliable. When it comes to outdoor lighting, nothing is as safe as solar power. There’s no risk of electrical fault leading to fire, the equipment is all waterproof, and there is pretty much zero chance of electric shock.
Are solar Christmas lights worth it?
It is important to consider the disadvantages of solar Christmas lights before you buy them. As far as we can see, there are only two real downsides in switching to solar. The first is that the LED lights give off a different shade of light to the more traditional incandescent ones. The second is that the initial cost of buying solar lights is higher. However, once you have the light bought, they cost absolutely nothing to maintain. In that sense, we think it’s more than worth the start-up cost. In addition, solar lights keep getting cheaper and cheaper every year. If you haven’t looked at the costs in a while, you might be pleasantly surprised by how little they cost now.