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Battery Powered Christmas Lights

Updated on July 13, 2011

Battery Operated Christmas Lights

Christmas is, for many, the favorite time of year. There's something majestic about it - all the lights, the spirit of giving... the friendliness. It's an unparalleled tradition that has lasted centuries; each year it becomes stronger and more loved. Perhaps in a age where so many things are going wrong we need at least one thing that is right.

One of the great traditions of Christmas is for every home to have a set of Christmas lights. We string them across the roof of our homes, the shrubs in our gardens, the Christmas trees inside our houses; we make them display an array of colors, red, green. white. Then we turn them on and display to the world - a small shared gift of Christmas. If you're in a lucky neighborhood you might even get in a competition with an opposing neighbor.


What if you don't have a plug, or the money to pay for the electricity bill for that matter, to turn your Christmas lights on? It would be an awful shame to lose a Christmas light battle before it even started. Luckily we've invented a thing called batteries - or, as I like to call it, portable electricity. And, yes, that means, like the title states, battery power Christmas lights do exist.


What are Battery Powered Christmas Lights?

Battery powered Xmas lights are exactly how they sound - Christmas lights that don't need a cord, or an electric outlet to run. The lights usually features one or two battery packs - usually at each end of the lights - and take AAA or AA batteries. Some battery powered Christmas lights will include removable battery packs, meaning you can put the pack anywhere on the line of lights - wherever is convenient for you.

The immediate benefit of this is portability, as well as creativity. You're no longer limited to where the nearest outlet is - you don't have to sift through storage for one or two extension cords either - but can put the lights anywhere you see fit. One click of the on switch on the battery pack and you're good to go.

Battery operated Christmas lights are unaffected . by the weather.
Battery operated Christmas lights are unaffected . by the weather. | Source

Benefits of Battery Powered Christmas Lights

  • No more cords laying around the house for you trip on.
  • Allows more creativity, as well as portability.
  • Easy to take down and move.
  • Cheaper; you don't have to leave electricity running.
  • Can have a lot more lights running at the same time. With no outlet to worry about you can have dozens of lights running at the same time.
  • Can use researchable batteries for the battery Christmas lights or, if you have the money, solar powered Christmas lights. Many more options then your standard Christmas lights.

Battery Powered LED Christmas Lights

LED Christmas lights have received a recent surge in popularity. This is because they use around 95% less electricity than standard lights do, so whether you are using a standard outlet or batteries, you will be saving money. Most notably, however, is the rise in battery powered LED Christmas lights; compared to normal battery powered Christmas lights you can save a lot of money. In some cases the batteries in LED Christmas lights can last up 16 times longer than normal lights. Convinced yet?

There are few options to run your Christmas lights off batteries. You can:

  1. Buy battery powered Christmas lights from the store.
  2. Buy a normal set of Christmas lights and then buy an inverter to switch to battery power.
  3. Rewire a normal set into battery operated Christmas lights.

The cheapest of options is to just buy battery powered Xmas lights from the store. However if you follow this path you are limited to the options in the store; if, for example, you choose to rewire you have much larger variety of lights to choose from.

More Battery Christmas Lights

The age of battery powered items is upon us so it's best that we embrace it. Battery powered Christmas lights is just the first step in a long time of battery operated goods. In fact - we're already halfway there. As of right now their exists battery powered candles, battery powered rope lights, battery powered LED Christmas lights, and even battery powered icicle lights.

What are you waiting for?



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      shafqat tarasasaa 

      8 years ago

      Nice article. Brings back memories of watching Jack when I was a child.

    • vanchen profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from British Columbia

      It depends what kind of investment you're willing to make. You can buy regular AA batteries for around $10, but those won't last as long and you'll have to buy a new pack a week.

      If you're willing to pay the extra I suggest rechargeable batteries; during the day when you're not using the lights you can plug in the batteries and charge them up, and then at night unplug them again. It's the perfect cycle.

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      8 years ago from Enid

      How much are the batteries? That may not be a bad alternative, although with the right kind of organization, the cords can be routed and hidden easily.


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