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11. 18. 2005

At Second Glansa: Battery Powered Tree Lights

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You could strap Ikea's new Glansa battery powered indoor tree lights to your artcar, fire escape, yurt, bicycle, sled, knit robot and Maine Coon duo or the Popgadget recommended shopping bag caddy. On the other hand, you might follow the instructions, that designate the Glansa's "indoor tree lights."

Let's say you put up the tree and lights on Thanksgiving day. You decorate its branches with just one 99c Ikea Glansa strand which needs $2.75 (average list price) in batteries per day (25 hours). You take down your '05 X-Mas tree on or around New Year's Eve. You've had your lights up for about 30-35 days. In that amount of time, with one strand of tree lights, we're talking $90 worth of disposable batteries.

I know electrical outlets can be elusive, and AAs can be bought in bulk, or the lights can be left on for just an hour a day, or those four suckers can be replaced with rechargeables every single day. I know you're safely running at around 6v per strand so the dog can chew one up without everyone ending up at the emergency vet. On the other hand batteries are toxic and require special disposal. So who's using battery powered tree lights indoors? Is you rich?

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That Guy:

Hey, I hate to point it out to you but cats can't buy batteries.

Maybe if you want to light up a tree for a special event.. say your holiday party. And you want a small tree in the middle of a table. But for the usual Christmas tree, I don't think so.

webrat:

i rather like to wear them in my hair, which is less effective when plugged into a electrical socket.

Hippy:

Rechargable batteries people! Don't throw batteries away for no reason.

Susie:

I am trying to purchase these lights with no luck. Does anyone know of a source besides Ikea?

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