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Kristal

Solar Christmas Lights

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http://www.solarsanta.com/home.php

Isaw a Google sidebar ad and I had to check it out. The lights are all LED, and VERY expensive, but I thought some of the items looked cool. There wouldn't be any savings to your power bill unless these items lasted for a generation.:shock:

I really liked some of the garden stuff, too. Has anyone seen or tried these? Opinions?

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Kristal wrote:

There wouldn't be any savings to your power bill unless these items lasted for a generation.:shock:

Typical of all the "save the planet" type stuff it seems...

-Tim

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I saw a set at Menards but couldnt find a price for them. It sure would be nice not having to have all the cords wouldnt it. But than that would be defeating any animation.

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I purchased a set of the 208 multi color LED lights for use in my train display since they are solar powered they are perfect no need to plug themfor useand no needtocharge them or replace batteries. The set I purchasedalso has a 8 function controller and I am very happy with the product. It looks the same as the ones pictured on the site you have linked to.

I have to say the LED's on this set are very bright (A much nicer product then I expected) and they should easily attract attention to the train even with all the other lights in the yard.

But the linked sites pricing is somewhat steep, I paid less for the set I purchased and that even included shipping from Australia.

Kim

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40' of blue LED lights for ONLY $69.99! Wow! I would need about 70 of those. I think I'll stock up now while there on sale! NOT!

Scott

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Every year we light a Christmas tree that is planted at my grandfather's grave site. He is the reason I am such a light nut, so it only seems fitting that his legacy lives on. We have tried everything, from bringing a genorator, to using batter light. This year Target started selling solar powered lights, so I picked up a set just to give them a try. There are 60 lights on the strand, and they were only 20 bucks, so I gave it a shot. They actually are extremely bright. You can have them either solid or flashing. They go on when the sun goes down, and stay on until the sun comes up. I am very happy with them.

Greg

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Ponddude wrote:

Every year we light a Christmas tree that is planted at my grandfather's grave site. He is the reason I am such a light nut, so it only seems fitting that his legacy lives on. We have tried everything, from bringing a genorator, to using batter light. This year Target started selling solar powered lights, so I picked up a set just to give them a try. There are 60 lights on the strand, and they were only 20 bucks, so I gave it a shot. They actually are extremely bright. You can have them either solid or flashing. They go on when the sun goes down, and stay on until the sun comes up. I am very happy with them.

Greg

That is a great idea. It would be nice is others would pick up on this so our cemetaries could shice at night.

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