Deck the halls, spare the cords: Solar-powered Christmas lights

Whether it’s panel or plug-in, your inner Clark Griswold awaits

Why make the switch to solar-powered Christmas lights?

Well, for one, Santa Claus won’t be tripping over any more extension cords up on the roof.

Is this the year that you go off the grid for the holidays, and make the switch to solar-powered LED Christmas lights? If so, here are a few things to consider:

  • Strings of lights are wired to a small solar panel, which can usually be staked in the ground to best capture the sun’s rays;
  • A fully charged string of lights should last for six to eight hours after sunset;
  • Purchase cost is generally comparable to, or a tad higher than, plug-in LED lights;
  • They can withstand snow, cold and rain, like plug-in LEDs;
  • While LED lights were a big improvement on incandescent bulbs for longevity, solar-powered LED strings are too new for us to know their long-term durability.

Whatever system you choose, your inner Clark Griswold is waiting.

On with the light show!

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