How can I cover a tree in lights? In the middle of nowhere?
October 11, 2010 6:54 PM   Subscribe

What's the best way to string a tree with Christmas lights? Oh yeah, it's out in the middle of nowhere.

Right, so I want to cover a rather bare tree with some lights, but it's out in the middle of a forest. (here's a random picture that more or less illustrates my idea). In order to keep this relatively self sufficient, I'm thinking my only option is to utilize solar powered string/Christmas lights.

Has anyone ever used any/have any recommendations? Many of the results on Amazon suggest that some solar powered lights are woefully tiny.
posted by niles to Grab Bag (9 answers total)
There are battery operated Christmas lights, although the ones I've linked to are rated for indoor use only.
posted by kate blank at 7:08 PM on October 11, 2010

How about DC christmas lights- these seem to be outdoor approved (for boating).

You'd have to modify the power connector to connect directly to a battery. This battery would probably run the lights for ~24 hours. Or two strings for 12 hours. Maybe you could get a solar powered trickle charger?
posted by jz at 7:34 PM on October 11, 2010

That's such a logical idea, solar powered outdoor xmas lights, why hasn't someone invented them?
posted by mareli at 7:46 PM on October 11, 2010

Look at LED lights from various sources. I have been converting my Xmas lights to LED over the last few years and am amazed at how little power they need. Both solar and battery are reasonable options.
posted by TedW at 7:53 PM on October 11, 2010

I saw solar powered christmas lights in the stores last week. Here are some on Amazon. Google around for more.
posted by CathyG at 9:20 PM on October 11, 2010

The couple of times I've seen this done, it's been with length after length after length of extension cord. Which just gets buried in the snow so no one sees it unless they go looking.

But I love the idea of solar-powered lights!
posted by rhapsodie at 9:40 PM on October 11, 2010

Response by poster: Ok, those are some great ideas - looks like battery/solar LED lights would be the way to go. Anyone have any experience with a specific product that they could recommend?
posted by niles at 3:39 PM on October 13, 2010

Best answer: You might find this article on solar lights interesting.
posted by TedW at 5:38 AM on October 14, 2010 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: That's awesome, and is almost exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks TedW!
posted by niles at 3:00 PM on October 14, 2010

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