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11.23.2007

SOLAR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

I successfully escaped "Black Friday" shopping (yea!) without visiting any mall or major big box retailer. One exception was my foray into our local home improvement store in search of a piece of wood needed for minor furniture repair.

While there, I checked out the new assortment of LED Christmas lights, which expend significantly less energy to illuminate your front porch and/or annoy your next door neighbors. I have been unable to find any solar lights, yet, except for the standard yard decoration variety.

Thanks to Michael Bluejay, he's provided complete explanations for those so inclined about how to rewire your LED lights from AC to DC current, which then run on batteries. Evidently, this all started when Michael wired LED lights to his bike. I think he should wire his bike to generate the energy to run the lights from the rotation of his wheels, but so far, he hasn't gone there.

Phil at green options has taken the trouble to track installation of LED Christmas tree lights, estimating that the 2000 bulbs will cost about $40 a year to run eight hours a day for a year about 90% less than the watts burned by incandescent lights.

I did find some "solar" lights at Target on-line, lights that run off rechargeable batteries that are charged by a tiny solar panel, the same technology as the lawn lights.

Perhaps, I should have limited my search to "non-electric" Christmas lights, rather than solar lights. There are a wide variety of LED lights in luminaries that are battery-powered.

1 comments:

I bought both low quality solar powered lights for my garden and brand name Malib solar lights for my driveway. There is a big difference. The low quality ones wont last too long and dont have good brightness, but the brand names like malibu will last a lifetime. definitely need to get christmas solar lights next!

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