Hello, Steve here again. I covered different types of solar powered Christmas lights in a previous article, but seeing as how Christmas is almost here, I wanted to give you some info on the best rated solar Christmas lights that I was able to find, where to get them and what I thought of the ones I got. You do need to hurry though, because what I discovered may shock you. It certainly did me! What shocked me? Well, I went shopping for Christmas solar lights at some of the local “home improvement” stores, after doing some online research, and was amazed at what I found. The selection was TERRIBLE! I tried three different places near my home, and searched the net for local stores that would have solar powered Christmas lights. Here is what I found:
First, I tried Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH). It is run by Sears, who I have come to trust for a lot of products. They had exactly one brand of solar powered Christmas lights, in a total of 2 varieties! The worst part was that after all the research I had done (and it was a LOT), I had never even heard of the brand that they carried! I called Sears and they had the same brand, but in three varieties. They had solar LED icicle lights, some short solar string lights, solar rope lights and net lights. All of them were in white – no colors. Okay, so let’s check out the Home Depot. They have the biggest selection of solar lights I have seen at a local retailer. Guess how many solar Christmas lights they had at the store? They had a whopping total of 0. Yep, they did not have a single one.
My online search for a local vendor proved no more fruitful. Frustrating, no? I would figure that with the state of our ecology right now and Christmas coming up, solar lights for Christmas would be everywhere. Well, it seems that some of us are just a step ahead of our local merchants. I found myself going back to my old, trusted friend – the internet.
Here are the solar powered Christmas lights I wound up ordering and a quick review:
Solar String Lights
They come in 50 and 100 LEDs with a choice of colors. They light up really well. They stay cool and have solar rechargeable batteries. Since I used these lights to frame my roof, I decided to not use the garden stake and mounted the panel on my roof instead. the LEDs last for a long time. These lights are absolutely beautiful. They also come with an extra long lead, so you can mount the panel up to 15’ away. You can buy them Here
Solar Rope Lights
Very nice lights, bright enough and affordable. Here also they come in a choice of 100 or 50 LED with a nice selection of colors. Mounting hardware is included. Solar tube lights are great for any kind of decorative lighting. Click Here for more details.
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I looked at a couple of other lights there, but I decided I will buy more next year. My biggest advice to you now is to read the descriptions carefully and order soon, so that you get them in time for Christmas. I hope I have been of some help in your quest for solar powered Christmas lights. Happy lighting and Merry Christmas! Thanks for reading, Steve