For those of use who have a few festive sets of string lights on our Christmas tree, it can cost just pennies to keep that tree light and looking amazing. But what if you could power those tree lights for nothing? Well, it seems there are some rather unusual ways to do just that, even though most of them are a little impractical…
10 – Pedal to Bethlehem
Let’s get one of the most obvious ways out the way. There are loads of pedal-powered Christmas trees but this one located in Royal Festival Hall on Londons South Bank is open for anyone to have a go. Just jump on, get pedalling and feel instantly festive!
9 – Sun Light Bright
There are loads of Christmas trees powered by solar power, but this one located just outside Macy’s contains no less than 30,000 LED solar-powered bulbs making it the biggest solar-powered Christmas tree in the world, and it looks rather beautiful for doing it as well.
8 – Social Understanding
OK, this is a bit of a cheat as it is powered by electricity. But it doesn’t light up into certain tweets is sent making it a truly interactive, social media-powered Christmas tree, that just so happens to be needed to be plugged in.
7 – All Alone
While powering a Christmas tree with batteries is nothing surprising, it does mean it can be placed anywhere including in the middle of a lake! That is the good thing about battery powered Christmas trees I suppose.
6 – Festive Splash
This one even confuses me. You see it is water-powered, but not by the power of water like a turbine or watermill, this really is water powered! There is a full explanation in the link, but I couldn’t understand it, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t impressed.
5 – Blow the Christmas Tree
there will be a lot of people who claim to be able to power a Christmas tree with their wind, but this is a real wind powered one. Located in San Borja in Lima, Peru it is the perfect example of nature and science working together.
4 – Under the Mistletoe
OK, so it might not really be powered by kisses much like number 8, but the premise behind it is when someone gets a kiss under the mistletoe it will light up one of the 50,000 red and white LEDs. Someone is going to get sour lips by the time Christmas gets here.
3 – Busting Shapes
Bad dancing and Christmas go hand in hand, so what Nokia decided to do is use those awkward shapes everyone seems to throw at the seasonal dance and make a human-powered Christmas tree! Did they succeed? Who knows, but I like it.
2 – The Festive Eel
This is definitely right up there at the more unusual end of the power spectrum. Located at the Aqua Toto Gifu aquarium in Kakamigahara a rather angry eel generates over 800 watts of power just by swimming around! That is enough to cause a grown man to black out almost instantly.
1 – Festive Connections
I am sure that there are many family members out there that could power those string lights by gas after eating too many Brussel Sprouts, so I did enjoy the festive connection of using them to power the Christmas tree. OK, it takes over a thousand sprouts to power it, but it is still impressive none the less. Here’s to Sprout Power!