This guide by Nathan James Dodd is all about Battery Powered Lights, specifically Christmas Lights, and will enable you to make an informed choice.
At Christmas, if you've ever ended up fighting with another member of the family over who's going to have the last socket in the adapter, and lost out to your offspring's Xbox, you should consider battery powered lights.
In addition to not having a plug, they have many more advantages over traditional lighting. There's no wires to trip over, no transformers and no-one will get a nasty shock when using live current.
And don't worry, your creative zeal won't be restricted, since the range of battery lights is extensive and impressive.
Predictably Konstsmide and Premier are the shining stars in this firmament.
Konstsmide Battery Lights
Konstsmide have strings of bright white LEDs – 20, 40 and 80 to vividly shine on clear or black cable. These are suitable for indoors and outside, and have a useful timer. Incredibly one set of batteries should last the whole of Christmas.
There are also decorative LED indoor light sets in various shapes including silver beads, crystal stars and flowers.
It's not surprising that the Konstsmide candles are ultra realistic as they are made from solid wax. However, unlike real candles, the flame is a safe LED and they will light themselves at a set time each day.
Premier Battery Lights
Premier Time Lights can be used inside the house or in the garden and are lit with a timer. One set of batteries will last for over 30 days and there is a controller to select differing effects. Choose from 50 lights to 200 lights using AA batteries and up to a stunning 600 light (59.9 metre) span if you use three D batteries.
Moving away from traditional string lights, a Copper Wire Underwater set is highly unusual, with a simple yet distinctively attractive string of 25 LEDs on a glistening length of copper wire. This looks spectacular if submerged and so is ideal for decorating flower vases and bowls.
To decorate the front door and porch, there's a Konstsmide wreath with warm white LEDs and Premier's brightly lit topiary ball with hanging chain. The latter manufacturer also has a lovely 'Santa please stop here' sign that the children will love. With chimneys not so popular now as when he first he was a young man, there's always a chance Santa will bypass your house, and we don't want that to happen.
Battery Christmas Decorations
For the sideboard there's a LED Christmas train complete with a waving Father Christmas, more than just a toy as its quality hand painted finish indicates. Beautifully crafted Alpine scenes are also striking decorative ornaments for around the house. Portraying a village or forest scene, they are perfect window displays.
Looking very much like a prestigious Lalique design, the acrylic Water Filled Angel gently shines and shimmers, this is particularly effective in a room with subdued lighting. A beautiful piece that is highly significant at Christmas but is also an appealing ornament throughout the year.
It's a commonly held misconception that Christmas is a time of the year only for children. This of course isn't so, most adults enjoy several days off work imbibing themselves with festive spirit. However, the charming models of a reindeer, polar bear and penguin with battery operated LEDs will certainly be children's favourites and indeed loved by everyone with a sentimental disposition.
Battery Lights, in the same way as those powered by solar energy, have made great strides over recent years due to technological advances. Longer lasting and rechargeable batteries now have lots of advantages over mains power especially when running costs and ease of operation are considered. So it's no wonder that these innovative products are now so popular.
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