Solar Powered Christmas Lights:
One of my favorite movies that airs during Christmas time is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. In one of the scenes, the Clark Griswold has just installed Christmas lights on his house, and when he finally gets them to light, the drain of power knocks out electricity in the rest of the town for a few seconds until the electric company throws the auxiliary power switch.
It’s a funny scene, but it also symbolizes the extra amount of electricity that is used during the Christmas season.
Clark could have saved some money on his electric bill if he had used solar powered Christmas lights.
Regular Christmas lights are powered by electricity. Most electric power plants are powered by burning coal. Coal is the remains of animals and plants that lived millions of years ago. Plants absorb energy from the sun, and when we burn coal, we are harnessing this stored power. Solar power is able to eliminate the middle man so to speak, and use the power of the sun that is coming to us right now.
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How Do Solar Christmas Lights Work ?
How it works is very simple. The Christmas lights are attached to a control panel that contains solar cells, a battery, and a light sensor. During the day, the solar cells receive energy from the sun, and that energy is used to charge the battery. When night falls, the light sensor automatically powers the lights. There is no turning off or unplugging of the lights, which makes these lights much more efficient! Christmas lights these days generally use LED’s (light emitting diode) which are substantially more efficient than older globes, this in turn requires less energy to run.
Some of you might be wondering, “what if it’s an overcast day?” It’s really not much of a problem. Even on overcast days, we still receive energy from the sun. (If we didn’t, it would be pitch black outside on overcast days.) On cloudy days, the battery will still receive enough of a charge to power the lights for 8 to 10 hours.
So let’s say that it is an overcast day, and it gets dark in your area around 5 p.m. Your Christmas lights will run at least until one o’clock in the morning! However, if you live in an extreme northern area that gets no sunlight until spring, these Christmas lights will not work for you.
You might be thinking “but I can’t afford all that state of the art technology!” Don’t worry, solar powered Christmas lights cost anywhere from 15 to 40 bucks. Coupled with the money you will save on your electric bill, there’s no reason to not go solar next Christmas!
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