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Solar Christmas Lights at a Discount

Updated on October 27, 2011

Outdoor Christmas lights

 

If you enjoy decorating your lawn for Christmas, solar lights can make your job a lot easier! Outdoor Christmas lights are a festive addition to any yard, and they really help to spread the holiday spirit throughout your neighborhood. We’ve always used Christmas lights in our front yard. As soon as the outdoor Christmas lights and other outdoor decorations are in place, we always notice people driving by our place slowly, enjoying the show. Even if we decided we didn’t want to put up the outdoor Christmas lights for some reason, I don’t think the grandkids would approve!

 

Why solar Christmas lights?

 

If you’ve ever bothered with traditional outdoor lights for Christmas, solar lights will be very appealing to you. Solar powered Christmas lights don’t need to be plugged in. You won’t have to worry about where your electrical outlet is, so you won’t be limited as to where you can place your Christmas lights. Solar powered Christmas lights are powered by natural sunlight. They absorb energy from the sun during the day, then use it at night to illuminate the Christmas lights.

 

Solar powered Christmas lights are a cinch to put up. There’s no dragging out yards and yards of extension cords and having that huge bundle of plugs hanging precariously from your outdoor receptacle. And if you don’t have a handy outdoor electrical outlet, the problem is compounded. You have to leave a window cracked in order to plug in the cords inside the house. You’re allowing a lot of energy escape that way – a high price to pay just for Christmas lights. Even worse, you could be leaving your home vulnerable to burglaries. That’s an even higher price to pay for outdoor Christmas lights!

 

With solar powered Christmas lights, you won’t even have to remember to plug them in. Solar Christmas lights turn on automatically at dusk. Most outdoor Christmas lights that are solar lights burn for about eight hours. At that point, they turn themselves off. No more going out into the cold to unplug your Christmas lights.

 

With solar Christmas lights, you can decorate wherever you want. Hang Christmas lights from the eaves of your home, around the columns on your front porch, and draped over your shrubbery. Since you won’t be limited by electrical cords, you can use solar powered Christmas lights around your mailbox post, too.

 

Types of solar Christmas lights

 

You’ll several different types and colors of solar powered Christmas lights. One of the most popular is the miniature Christmas lights on strings. These are just like the traditional string Christmas lights, only they don’t need an electrical source. These solar Christmas lights come in colors like blue, red, multi, and white or clear.

 

Another popular type of solar Christmas lights is the net lights. These are perfect for using on shrubbery, as the lights are automatically spaced. All you have to do is drape the lights over a shrub, and voila – you have the perfectly decorated shrubbery.

 

Another type of solar powered Christmas lights is the yard ornament. These might be in the shape of a candle, a snowman, a gift, or a star. These Christmas lights decorations work the same way as the above solar lights. They’re just in a shape instead of on strings.

 

Solar Christmas lights are surprisingly durable. We’ve used the same sets of solar lights outdoors for several years now. I’d say that makes solar Christmas lights pretty long lasting, too!

 

How much do solar Christmas lights cost?

 

Solar Christmas lights are inexpensive. For example, a string of 60 solar lights costs less than $20. The solar Christmas lights in shapes like a snowman or candle are even cheaper. This type of outdoor Christmas lights usually costs under $15.

 

Solar Christmas lights to patio lights

 

Why not let your solar Christmas lights pull double duty? The solar lights you use at Christmas can also serve as patio lights. This is a great way to get even more use from your solar Christmas lights.

 

If you live in the Northern hemisphere, it’s probably chilly at Christmastime, so you might not be using your deck or patio, anyway. The solar lights can be used as outdoor Christmas lights.

 

Once the holiday season is over, take the solar lights down and store them until the weather warms up. Then you can use the solar lights as patio lights! You can even use the net lights as patio lights by adorning your patio shrubbery with them. The patio lights will liven up your outdoor living spaces, just like the solar lights added a festive touch as outdoor Christmas lights.

 

String the solar lights around your deck railing or hang them from the overhang near your deck or patio. It’s super easy to turn practically any type of solar lights into patio lights!

 

Where to buy solar Christmas lights

 

Solar Christmas lights can often be found in stores if you shop early. If you wait, however, chances are that the solar Christmas lights will be sold out. We’ve found this to be especially true of the net lights.

 

To see several different types of solar Christmas lights, search online.

 

Check out the great solar Christmas lights below, too!

 

 

Solar Christmas lights can double as patio lights!
Solar Christmas lights can double as patio lights!

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    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Helene, they're sometimes hard to find in stores. That's why I included the lights from Amazon. lol

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      helene.bliss 

      8 years ago

      I'm a fan of solar power and this is really cool. I wish I can find some, so I can use this Christmas season. Good way to decor while saving electricity consumption.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Nancy!

    • nancy_30 profile image

      nancy_30 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I love to decorate for Christmas and these lights sound like a really good idea. Thank you for all the very useful information.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Oliversmum, those solar garden lights can pull double duty as solar Christmas lights!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      2be, I like the isea of not needing extension cords with solar lights!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Goldie!

    • oliversmum profile image

      oliversmum 

      8 years ago from australia

      Habee. Hi. Solar Christmas Lights are beautiful.

      My garden has Solar Lights everywhere, but after reading your hub we will be using them this coming Christmas,our Grandchildren will love them, the only problem will be which ones, so many beautiful types to choose from.

      Thanks for sharing this great information with us. :) :)

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I have never heard of solar Christmas light, but it is a super idea. People spend hundreds of extra dollars during Christmas to display theie holiday extravaganzas on their homes and property!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      You have the very best ideas! Keep these great Hubs going green!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Scrooge on a bike!

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Bah! Humbug!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      You're welcome, Alison!

    • Alison Graham profile image

      Alison Graham 

      8 years ago from UK

      I love decorating with Christmas lights outside, I had not thought of solar lights and will check them out as they look really pretty - thanks for all the information.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Polly, but I don't evenknow what a hub nugget is! lol

    • Pollyannalana profile image

      Pollyannalana 

      8 years ago from US

      Absolutely and make for a lazy woman! Nah,they would be great, I don't celebrate Christmas much with just my husband and me usually, this would be fun enough to get us back in the spirit I think and fun doing together. Did you ever see I made you a hub nub nubbet?

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Patriot, thanks for reading!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      G, I love Christmas lights, too!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Polly, aren't the solar Christmas lights cool??

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      thanks a bunch, Sage!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      List, I think you're right - solar Christmas lights give more of a soft glow.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Viking, solar Christmas lights are def the way to go!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Wendy! Solar lights are very green.

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      Patiopursuit 

      8 years ago

      wow really cool stuff

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      GPAGE 

      8 years ago from California

      habee.....these are really cool! i saw these in europe and decided to buy some. I usually keep Christmas lights outside year round....love the way they look! Good hub...always enjoy your informative hubs! Best, G

    • Pollyannalana profile image

      Pollyannalana 

      8 years ago from US

      I have solar lights and no idea there were Christmas ones, I may start calling around, great info.

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      Sa`ge 

      8 years ago from Barefoot Island

      Thank for such a great hub, going to find some right now.

      thumbs up across the board on this one girl! :)

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      TheListLady 

      8 years ago from New York City

      This is great! I like that the lights are not glaring and overwhelming. Looks like you can get a nice glow that looks so elegant. I'm thinking too, they will last longer. I bought a great colorful set last Christmas and once they blew - no matter what, I couldn't get them to work - so one season and they go in a landfill - good grief!

      Thanks for the information.

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      L M Reid 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      I did not realise there were such things as solar Christmas lights and what a marvellous idea. There are not too many houses here in Ireland that decorate the outside of the house for Christmas. But these solar Christmas lights would be very useful and I am sure very cheap too.

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      Wendy Krick 

      8 years ago from Maryland

      I didn't even think about solar lights. what a great idea for this Christmas. This would save a lot of money.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Buckie, solar Christmas lights are da bomb! Now if I can just get JJohnny to get rid of ALL the older lights and exchange them for solar lights!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, BK! Solar Christmas lights sure make decorating a lot easier! I hope this year we can revert to only outdoor solar lights.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Eth, we don't usually have that prob here! lol

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Good idea, Austin! Outdoor solar lights could make the plug-in kind obsolete.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I agree, Rob! solar powered lights are cool!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Loves, you can find solar lights online! Thanks for reading!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, HH! Solar Christmas lights can become patio lights. How cool is that! lol

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Great idea is right - will have to see what Bob thinks about it!

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      What a great idea. And now I will string a million lights. The thought of wires everywhere was just too much.

      This just makes so much logical sense. Let the stuff stay out there - it will collect sun (and earn its keep) and who needs to add to the electric bill. And they don't have to be blazing and annoy neighbors - this is the right amount of light. Maybe lite light. Great!

      I'm sold.

      Thanks a lot!

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      We use graden solar lights in summer. Not sure if we have enough daylight in winter. They llok good though

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      Lela 

      8 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      I love solar anything! I am refusing to buy any outdoor decoration unless it is solar powered. They now have lights, fountains, and other cute stuff that is solar powered. No more extension cords!!!

      The more we buy, the more they'll start making, so let's use the sun everyone.

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      Rob 

      8 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      A good, energy saving idea. Solar power should be used more.

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      Loves To Read 

      8 years ago

      What a fabulous idea Habee. Here in Aus Christmas is in the middle of summer so it would be just perfect for us. However i don't know whether anyone near us stocks them. I have seen many solar garden lights and they are so lovely.

      Thanks for sharing this info.

      God Bless

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      These solar lights - summer or winter- are really a good invention. High time they bring something useful and saves us money for a change. Great hub.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks a bunch, Woodsmens! Solar Christmas lights are really convenient!

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      WoodsmensPost 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      oops delete this double comment

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      WoodsmensPost 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      WOW habee I wouldn't even have thought about solar Christmas lights. We use solar pool lights in the summer. Wonderful hub your such a good writer. I enjoy reading your hub articles.

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