Battery operated outside Christmas lights - are they any good?

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Found 28th Nov 2010
I have a small tree in the front garden that I would like to decorate for Christmas but I have no outside socket. I was wondering about buying some battery operated lights but I can't find very many and those I have seen don't seem to be reviewed. Any opinions and recommendations would be gratefully received...Thanks

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If you get the LED type plus a big pack of batteries they are fine. I used a fivers worth of poundland batteries over about a month
The only lights I could find last year were fairly short in the cable with 20 leds.
I had to insulate the batteries to prevent the cold stopping them working when the temperature dropped to freezing and even then bring them back inside for a warm up when it was cold for a long period.

DEALWARRIOR

If you get the LED type plus a big pack of batteries they are fine. I … If you get the LED type plus a big pack of batteries they are fine. I used a fivers worth of poundland batteries over about a monthThe only lights I could find last year were fairly short in the cable with 20 leds.I had to insulate the batteries to prevent the cold stopping them working when the temperature dropped to freezing and even then bring them back inside for a warm up when it was cold for a long period.



That sounds like a load of hassle!

Lost Symphonies

That sounds like a load of hassle!


Yep

Yep but only one opinion

you dont need a outside socket just feed the wire into the house via the window
shouldnt be a problem you will stll be able to shut the window
just keep the junction box inside

Original Poster

Ahh, I hadn't thought of feeding them out of the window, that might work as long as I can keep the window shot - it is too cold to have it open even a tiny bit! I'll also loo at LED ones as it might be easier to have battery ones,
Thanks to you both..

What about solar ones? I can't believe nobody has suggested them. I bought some to decorate my garden on barby nights. They're still going strong. Hang them then forget them. Just make sure you place the panel where it gets plenty of light. They were about a tenner each for a string of 60 bulbs.

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deek72

What about solar ones? I can't believe nobody has suggested them. I … What about solar ones? I can't believe nobody has suggested them. I bought some to decorate my garden on barby nights. They're still going strong. Hang them then forget them. Just make sure you place the panel where it gets plenty of light. They were about a tenner each for a string of 60 bulbs.



Do they work at this time of year?

agnes

Do they work at this time of year?



Yes, they only need light it doesn't have to be strong sunlight. Obviously strong is better but mine are all working fine.

Original Poster

Thanks deek72 - that looks like the way to go, they are certainly cheaper than the battery ones
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