The pros and cons of solar Christmas lights

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Did you know that more than 1 in 3 West Australian homes now have solar power? It’s no wonder with our clear sunny skies and warm weather, especially in the summer months, that so many people want to enjoy the benefits of solar power. 

Even if you don’t have a solar system at your home, you could still take advantage of the sun’s energy for your Christmas lights display. But are solar-powered lights better than traditional Christmas lights? Here are some of the pros and cons so you can make an informed decision when you’re planning your light display this festive season.



What are some of the pros of solar Christmas lights?

Cheaper to run

  • Everyone is looking to save a little extra money during the holiday season and using solar-powered lights will have the least impact on your electricity bill. Using solar Christmas lights that are powered by the sun, rather than the electricity grid, means your electricity costs will be lower.

Simple to install

  • Another great benefit of solar Christmas lights is that because they are powered by the sun, you don’t need to connect them to a power outlet in your home, which could make them easier to install. This can also enable you to be more creative with your outdoor lights display, as you can place your Christmas lights in places without needing to consider their proximity to a power outlet or worrying about extensions cords getting in the way. Make sure any lights used are fit for purpose and used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. 

Safer to use

  • Solar Christmas lights can also be safer than traditional Christmas lights, thanks to the fact that you don't need to plug them in to a power outlet. LED solar Christmas lights also don't generate as much heat as other types of lights, which could make them a safer alternative for home use. 

Powered by renewable energy

  • Trying to reduce your carbon emissions? Solar Christmas lights are a great idea if you are looking for a more environmentally-friendly way to decorate your home. Most solar Christmas lights run on 100% solar energy from the sun, which is a renewable energy source.  



What are some of the cons of solar Christmas lights?

Potentially more expensive

  • Solar Christmas lights typically have a higher initial cost than traditional string lights, so you could be paying more upfront. However, it’s worth considering the  fact that there will be no running costs for electricity because they are powered by solar energy, so this upfront cost may be worth it for you in the long run. 

The sun needs to shine

  • While we are lucky here in WA with our sunny holiday season, it is worth keeping in mind that for your solar powered Christmas lights to shine, they need to be able to collect sunlight during the day. The solar panel module that comes with LED Christmas lights will need a number of hours of direct sunlight every day to charge the battery fully. You should try to ensure that the module does not get overshadowed during the day as the sun moves across the sky to get the best results from your solar lights.


While getting started with solar Christmas lights generally requires more of an upfront investment, the potential benefits mean they could be a great choice for your Christmas lights display. 

So, if you are in the market for some new Christmas lights, considering solar-powered ones would be a smart choice for you, and the environment. Check out some more sustainable decorating tips here.   


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