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Christmas Holiday Solar Lights

Updated on November 16, 2013

Go Green with Solar Powered Christmas Lights

Solar powered lights for outdoor Christmas holiday lighting and displays is convenient, easy and earth-friendly.

Light up your home and garden like the Griswolds without being concerned about long extension cords, over-crowded outlets or overloaded circuits. You no longer need to worry about the danger of tripping over extension cords and you aren't limited to keeping lights and decorations near a power outlet. Solar powered lights make it easy to decorate even the most remote places of your property - even on a rural mailbox down the road or across the street.

Solar lights use photovoltaic cells to charge the batteries that power the LED lights after the sun goes down and most have a sensor that automatically turns the lights on after dark.

The only important thing to remember is that the photovoltaic cell chargers must be placed in the sunlight for at least 6 hours each day to power the light. Some lights have a separate solar panel attached with a cord that may be placed in the sun several feet from the lights and other decorations have a panel and light that are combined.

If the decoratio has a solar panel and light that is in one unit, you can place the light in the sun during the day to absorb the sunlight and move them to another area after the batteries have charged.

There are many different types to choose from including string lights, fairy string lights, net lights, rope or tube lights, icicle lights, path lights and other holiday decor. I love the fantastic variety of solar powered Christmas Lights and Decorations that are now available.

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Solar Christmas Path Trees from Taylor Gifts

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Solar Powered Christmas Lights from Taylor Gifts

One of my favorites, is this colorful string of 50 multi-colored lights. I like to use them on the railing on my stairs and entry, similar to this photo.

White LED String Lights - Brighten the Night

I also like solar string lights in basic white with bright LED lights to lighten up a winter night, but they are available in several other colors or on multicolored strings. Especially convenient at locations distant from your home like a tree some distance from your house, fence, mailbox or lamp post.

Solar Fairy Lights - Tiny, glittering lights

Fairy lights are smaller than regular LED lights and look like tiny pinpoints of light which makes a beautiful twinkling display. They are available in different lengths and colors including basic white or several other colors to fit any holiday color theme. The white ones also work great for lighting for an outdoor evening wedding.

Tektrum 82 ft-long 150 white led two-in-one solar string fairy lights outdoor - thick wires/heavy duty string/bright LED
Tektrum 82 ft-long 150 white led two-in-one solar string fairy lights outdoor - thick wires/heavy duty string/bright LED

This Item Includes a Case of Two (2) solar string fairy lights. The solar string fairy lights provide night-time lighting for your garden or walkway without need of electricity.


Solar String Lights on eBay - Bid or Buy it Now

Often there are great bargains to be found on string lights on eBay.

Solar Acrylic Icicles - Great for hanging from roof or fence

These acrylic icicles are virtually unbreakable and I like the look when they are displayed hanging from the roof of a house or on a fence. They really look like icicles. They are available in white and multi-colored.

Solar 10 Piece, Ten Inch Long, Icicle "Curtain Light" Garland with Cascading Bright White LEDs
Solar 10 Piece, Ten Inch Long, Icicle "Curtain Light" Garland with Cascading Bright White LEDs

This string of 10 icicle lights are made from 10 inch molded acrylic. Each is Illuminated by 5 white LED bulbs. The lights have a Cascading action which is beautiful. Each icicle hangs from clear 12-inch wire and includes a plastic hook to attach to the eaves.


Icicle Lights on eBay - Find Icicles at bargain prices

Find an assortment of solar icicle lights on eBay.

Solar Net Lights from Taylor Gifts

These nets work great for covering shrubs, fences, small trees and other landscape features! Instead of trying to wrap a string around the bush or tree, you can just cover it with the net to create a dazzling display.

More Sun-powered Net Lights - Warm White Lights

If you prefer a warm instead of a bright light, the nets are also available in warm white and other color option.s

Solar Rope Lights - Another Versatile Option

Solar Rope lights can be used in many different situations - to line a path or stairway or to wrap around posts and railings. I think they look especially nice wrapped around the trunks of large trees.

Snowman Path Lights - Light up your sidewalk with a solar snowman

There is a great variety of solar path lights including these with a fun winter snowman theme.

Santa Claus Stake Path Light - Jolly Santa with Color-changing Solar Light

What's Christmas without Santa, put him in your garden. Just stake it into the ground in a sunny spot. The solar panel absorbs the sun's energy then illuminates the clear figurine for hours through the night-hues changing from blue to emerald to violet and so on across the spectrum of the rainbow. Requires no electricity, no wiring. Photo sensor turns it on at dusk and off at dawn automatically for worry-free enjoyment.

Encore H5172 Solar Powered Color Changing Christmas Santa Garden Stake
Encore H5172 Solar Powered Color Changing Christmas Santa Garden Stake

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Reindeer Solar Garden Buddy from Taylor Gifts

Santa and his reindeer will add a festive look to your yard, garden or deck this holiday season. These decorations are made of sturdy metal with a glass orb for their bodies that light up at night for 4 to 6 hours. These are hand painted with fade resistant paint, but the legs are made from springs for movement - dancing Santa and reindeer!

Dimensions of each are approximately: 6" x 4" x 13.5".

Bird Solar Garden Buddy from Taylor Gifts

Shaped like a cardinal, this little guy has a belly made of a solar orb. The orb charges during the day and stay lit for 4-6 hours at night. T Made from sturdy hammered textured metal with a hand painted finish. The red color is fade resistant. Dimensions: 6.8" x 10.6" x 11".


Sun Powered Snowball Decorations

Glittery Globe Lights

Hang these solar powered snowball lights on your deck, porch, gazebo, or from tree branches. Place the solar panel in full sun during the day to make the lights glow after the sun goes down. They have slowly transitioning colors in this string of seven 3-1/4" diameter, unbreakable crackle plastic globes. They are spaced at alternating heights along an 88" wire. Solar panel is connected with a 16-1/2' lead wire so you can put the panel in the sun and hang the lights in the shade. Use several to run along a railing or decorate a tree. Hung around a tree they look like ornaments and are especially festive.

Photo Credit: Solar Snowballs from Gardener's Supply

Other Sun-Powered Christmas Decorations - Unique solar powered decor

There are all sorts examples of other unique solar powered decor with various themes including stars, mailbox covers, nativity scenes,lamp posts and lighted Christmas ornaments.

Christmas Wreath Powered by Solar Lights - Hang this beautiful lighted wreath anywhere it gets sunlight


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The demand for new energy sources has increased the number of solar lighting options. There are now many unique styles and designs of solar lights available to choose from.

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      This year we are getting rid of your old lights. The big strings of lights form the eighties. We probably will save money on the electric bill in no time. Good resource for your research.

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      I love this idea! I really hadn't heard of solar powered Christmas lights before, but it makes so much sense. They don't look like they're particularly expensive either.

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      Really like the Angel statues. They are so beautiful.

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      greenerme 6 years ago

      What a GREAT idea! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      Now this is the way to go. I'm out of the loop for outdoor lighting; so this is good to know.

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      AmateurAtHTML 6 years ago

      The whole idea of solar regarding Christmas lights sounds great! I've had solar house numbers, but never solar Christmas lights.

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      Sojourn 6 years ago

      I live in an ideal area for using solar Christmas lights but never even thought about it! Not having to mess with a ton of cords and power outlets would be huge. ( Let's not share the fact that I burned out an outlet one year by overloading it...) I'd love to switch over to all solar for the holidays. :)

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      debbieann19 6 years ago

      There are so many amazing solar lights, i never knew there was that many out there.... i cant have them in my front yard coz ppl steal or break them.... but i do have some out in my back yard... Awesome Lens :-)

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      debbieann19 6 years ago

      There are so many amazing solar lights, i never knew there was that many out there.... i cant have them in my front yard coz ppl steal or break them.... but i do have some out in my back yard... Awesome Lens :-)

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      My husband has gradually switched us over to environmentally friendly Christmas lights although they are not solar.

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      Holley Web 6 years ago

      The solar angels are lovely! I didn't know about the solar holiday lights until now. You taught me something new!

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      Nightowl John 6 years ago

      We are slowly switching over to LED, though we have yet to include any solar led Christmas lights. You have a terrific selection here. Squid Angel blessed.

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      These are cool!

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      Bambi Watson 6 years ago

      What a great idea! :)

      ~ Blessed by a Squid Angel >*

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      rossarianebautista 6 years ago

      This is a very eco-friendly way to decorate your home during Christmas. :)

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      jidianer 5 years ago

      Good lens, the solar energy can save energy and give more protection to our path lights

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      jidianer 5 years ago

      nice lens, solar lights are great.

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      laurenjane13 5 years ago

      Thumbs up for going green this coming Christmas!

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      prism3x 5 years ago

      very nice lens!

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      toolman1 5 years ago

      Loved the lens. My biggest problem is the darned extension cords. Solar would sure help with THAT! Don't have any extra cash this year but maybe next I will give them a try.

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      jidianer 5 years ago

      solar lights are useful for our lives.

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      rockycha 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for visiting me! Merry Christmas! :)

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      rmattingley 4 years ago

      What a great way to light up our house and not spend a dime on electricity! I found a good selection of christmas lights at silicon solar. And they are on sale! My house will light up the night sky.

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      Mamaboo LM 3 years ago

      I had no idea there was such a thing! So thank you for the wonderful and informative lens. I nominated you for a purple star!

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      Sharilee Swaity 2 years ago from Canada

      Wow, what a great idea! Trying to put up Christmas lights is so expensive, and this would definitely help. Thanks for the information.

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