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The Christmas holiday season is an exceptionally beautiful time of year. With all the homes in your neighborhood decorated with beautiful Christmas lights, your entire street can look like brilliantly lit starry night sky. However, those Christmas lights are actually sucking up tons of electric power on your block. Because most people have their Christmas decorations up from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, homeowners are looking at a month of high electricity usage. In a season during which money is exceptionally tight because of holiday plans, a higher electric bill may be an unwelcome Christmas present. Like getting coal in your stocking, higher electricity bills are unfortunate and potentially devastating during the holiday season. If you dread your electric bill after Christmas but could never forego decorating your home in beautiful Christmas lights, you may want to consider investing in solar powered Christmas lights.
How Do Solar Powered Lights Work?
All solar powered lighting works by using the energy generated by our sun and converting that energy into enough electric power to operate a light. With solar powered Christmas lights, the strand of Christmas lights will generally be attached to a small stake that is driven into the ground. This stake will have a series of panels on it that are oriented upward, facing the sun. When the sun is shining during the day, this panel will absorb the energy from the sun and store it so that the Christmas lights can access the stored energy when the sun is no longer shining. During the night hours, the Christmas lights slowly use up this stored energy. When the energy is used up, the lights will turn off automatically and the panel will begin storing more energy the next morning.
What Do Solar Powered Lights Look Like?
Solar powered Christmas lights are almost indistinguishable from regular Christmas lights. The bulbs of solar powered Christmas light strands may be slightly smaller than electrically powered Christmas light strands, but many consumers are pleasantly surprised by just how bright these strands of lights truly are. The great thing is you never have to worry about unplugging your lights to save energy during the day. Many solar powered Christmas light strands have automatic light sensors which turn them on and off depending on whether it is night or day.
Going Green for Christmas
Ecologically conscious consumers will love being able to go green this year during the Christmas season. You can do your part to save energy and consume natural resources by decorating your home with solar powered Christmas lights. Because these lights consume only the energy from the sun, which would otherwise be wasted, your Christmas lights will have absolutely no negative impact on the ecosystem. You can set a great example for your neighbors as well when you use solar powered Christmas lights.
Where To Find Solar Powered Christmas Lights
You can find your solar powered Christmas light strands at almost any hardware store where Christmas lights are sold. These strands of lights will be clearly labeled as solar powered lights. You can also purchase solar powered light strands online from reputable solar powered gadget dealers. Purchasing high quality lights may be expensive, but the durability of the strands that you purchase will be worthwhile in the long run. It is also important to have your lights professionally installed to get the best effect with your lighting display. Professional Christmas light installers may even be able to provide you with rentable solar powered Christmas lights so that you do not have to spend money on your own strands of lights.