Noma Solar Powered Outdoor Christmas Lights From Canadian Tire – Part 2

In Part 1 we began the installation of our new solar LED powered outdoor Christmas lights from Canadian Tire on our backyard deck. Today we complete the installation.

Now, the question I had for this new product was how secure would the connection be between the solar panel unit and the string of LED lights.

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Pretty secure.

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Above you can see that the end of the string of lights and the wire coming out of the solar panel unit come delivered with their own protective covering (which we plan on keeping and using when we take down the lights and solar panel once the holiday season is over.

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Now the male end from the string of lights fits very snugly into the solar panel unit wire; in fact there is a very small notch in the solar panel unit wire that forces the male end from the light string to only enter one way.

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Once the two parts are together, the cover from the string of lights screws on top to cover the connection preventing snow, ice, water from entering the connection. It’s that easy!

So, how do they perform? Well, the LED string of lights goes on at dusk and stay on for 6 hours per the packaging. All you have to do is to remember to turn the solar panel unit on once, when you set this up. How do you do that? On the back of the solar panel unit is a white switch; simply turn it to the left to turn the unit on.

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Next is a picture of the string of lights on our deck hand-rail. Nothing special about this; rather, this is to give you the view during daylight of where we placed them.

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Now here is a picture just after dusk with the lights on. Please keep in mind that I only have a 7 year old digital camera, so the pictures are not the best. I guess I need more people to click on our advertiser graphics so I can make a little money to buy a better camera, eh? icon smile Noma Solar Powered Outdoor Christmas Lights From Canadian Tire   Part 2

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What surprised me was this. I installed the lights around 1 pm in the afternoon on a very overcast day. Yet, the first night these lights were on! The packaging says that a single full sunny day can charge the lithium-ion battery sufficient for three nights in a row, 6 hours per night.

Very impressive. Noma Solar Powered Outdoor Christmas Lights From Canadian Tire   Part 2 If you have not yet purchased your outdoor Christmas lights, consider solar powered LED Christmas lights. It will cost you a little more than regular LED outdoor holiday lights but it will cost you nothing in operating costs. And, the outside of the box says they come with a 5 year limited warranty.

Tomorrow, in the last article in our series, we will show you other solar powered outdoor Christmas lights from Canadian Tire; some similar to the set above with others very, very different.

To continue to the next article in this short series, simply select this link to Part 3.

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  1. elizabeth clarke says:

    I cannot find the lights you speak of on the website. I would like to buy them this week.

  2. Dan says:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    to find the lights, you simply click on the Canadian Tire ad around the middle of the article and then enter Noma Solar Lights in the search field on the vendor’s web site (near the upper left area).

    I hope that helps,

    PS. Of course, if you are near a Canadian Tire store you can purchase them there as well. :)

  3. A Cole says:

    I bopught a set of sola light at Canadian Tire and we can not get them to work . We have done everything it tells use can you tell use what we can do to get the to work . Also the battery is 3.2 v does Canadian Tire care them or if not were do I get them in the St.Catharines area.
    Thank you for your help

  4. Dan says:

    Hi ‘A’,

    For us, we have noticed that after a couple of cloudy days the lights would not work very long or bright. However, that is the nature of solar panels. Just like after a snow storm you need to push the snow off of the solar panels otherwise the sun would not charge the battery.

    As far as the battery inside the solar panel casing, I believe, but not 100%, that if you cannot purchase the replacement battery should you need to that you should be able to order it from the manufacturer, Noma, or at least they would be able to tell you where you could purchase it in your town.

    I hope that helps,

  5. Dan says:


    I almost forgot. I know this is a silly Q but, did you remember to turn the lights ‘on’? Loot at the pictures above and you will see that white coloured switch on the back of the solar panel casement that needs to be turn to the left.

    I know, I know….but I just thought I would mention it since you indicate that your lights have never turned on at night.


  6. A Cole says:

    I have tryed everthing and I did have the light turn on . I finally tock them back to Canadian Tire and the lady their said some of them well work and some well not work that is the chance I had to take .I gave up on them . A

  7. Dan says:

    Hi A,
    Thanks for this.

    It would be interesting indeed to have statistics on different products returned for different retailer’s return desk, espcially when the products are new.


  8. Paul says:

    For myself, I found that there just isn’t enough light during the day to fully charge the battery, so I have to turn the lights off when I get home at night, otherwise they’ll run out of power before the 6 hour limit. This set is best for people who have a completely unrestricted view of the sky. These people will get the best benefit from these lights. I imagine that longer cords require even more charging. I’m not sure if using artificial light would help. If Noma reads this, please work on increasing the efficiency of the solar panel, or include a larger one. Also, please make the plug a normal plug so that if there is not enough light, I have the option of plugging it into a normal outlet, or provide a way to charge the battery with a regular outlet. Overall, this set is probably good for spring or summer time when there is more sunlight to power it, but the winter days are just too short to fully charge it.

  9. Dan says:

    Hey Paul,
    Thanks for sharing your experiences with this.

    We have noticed that yes, the battery is charged on cloudy days with the indirect sun’s rayes. However, yes, with the frequent cloudy days that have been the norm where I live the past 5 weeks or so, I can tell a large difference in both the brightness and the duration of the lights being on when we have had the odd sunny day.


  10. trev larock says:

    I wouldn\’t recommend them, unless you can put them with southern sun exposure. In Ottawa on north side of house no charge :(

  11. Dan says:

    Thanks, Trev.

    That seems to be consistent with what Paul said above.

    It’s great that we have so much feedback for the folks at Noma. I just hope they actually read articles like these. :)


  12. linda says:

    we bought the noma solar lights from canadian tire and we only had them for a couple weeks and they are crap. out of the two weeks they worked maybe 4 days here and there i dont recomend you buy them til they get the bugs out

  13. Dan says:

    Hi Linda,

    From your’s and other’s comments here, it seems to be the opinion that they are not truly made for ‘Canadian winters’. Ours in the back continue to work fine. The one’s in the front work fine when the solar panel’s are not covered by snow, especially the specialty lights like the snow flake ones that we also have. the solar panels are attached to the stem about 18 inches … perhaps 24 inches off the ground and in the past 10 days they have been pretty much covered by all the snow we have received.


  14. Robin Gransch says:

    I bought 3 sets of the LED solar, multicolor 50 lite strings in Nov 2008 #051-2840-6-ADO127/4278 UPC56233-06545. The connections snapped off in our -30 temp and half the time they were never lit. I tried to contact Trileaf Dist in Tor on the advice of my Cdn Tire where I purchased and have had no luck. I WOULD NOT BUY these lites as no one stands behind them

  15. Dan says:

    Hi Robin,

    Thanks for this.

    I’m curious why you did not simply return them to Canadian Tire where you purchased them, as most folks who had issues said they did?


  16. Wendy says:

    The LED solar lights are a waste of money. One set will turn on during the day rain or shine and not at night and the other set has one light that never comes on unless you sqeeze the sides and then it is only on for about 10 seconds. The rest of the string fads in and out.

  17. Dan says:

    Hi Wendy,

    Thanks for this input. It seems a lot of people have had issues with this product. I wonder if it is climate related, i.e. if this product sold south of the 49th Parallel ;) if there would be the same amount of complaints.

    Our individual snow flake lights and coloured strings worked well. The clear string of lights were 50-50, i.e. one of them still works and the other does not. We have both up on the top of the deck’s arm rail out back since last December and still have them up as it looks very nice in the darkness (for the one that works).


  18. teresa says:

    We have two sets of the lights. We also have two sets and have used them for winter and summer. One set still works and works extremely well on both sunny and overcast days. However, the second worked only for a the winter season and then died out. I thought it was the battery, however cannot get a replacement battery to check that remedy out. From reading info on line I get the impression that there replacement batte/ries are non existent

  19. Dan says:

    Hi Teresa,

    I have the exact same situation, in that the white light string that worked since we installed in December just stopped working last week.

    I haven’t had time yet (out of town) to see if it was the battery. I’ll let you (and everyone else) know what I have gone that route and what I encountered.


  20. kenneth saltman says:

    where can i buy a 3.2 lithium ion battery for my solar powered lights

    ken saltman

  21. Dan says:

    Hi Kenneth,

    I don’t sell the product so I don’t know for sure.

    However, you might want to try the store where you purchased your solar powered lights.

    Or, failing that, you might contact the Customer Service department of the manufacturer of your lights and ask them.

    I hope that helps,

  22. Schedule says:

    You you could make changes to the page subject Noma Solar Powered Outdoor Christmas Lights From Canadian Tire – Part 2 to something more specific for your blog post you write. I liked the post nevertheless.

  23. Dan says:

    Hi ‘Schedule’,

    I’ll try better next time on the title of my articles. :)


  24. Ruby Sorrell says:

    | am trying to find Solar Battery 32v.1200 mah.For my xmas lights by Noma.
    Having trouble finding replacements.Please help.
    Thanks Ruby Sorrell

  25. Dan says:

    Hi Ruby,

    I need some as well. I haven’t found out yet (I might need to contact NOMA directly) but if I find out I will let you know.


  26. James says:

    I bought 2 strings of these lights for christmas 2008. Used them indoors at my cabin (no electricity service there)for about a week, and they worked ok but faded after about 4 hours. Tried to use them this year and the batteries would not charge up. I am unlikely to buy any Noma solar products in the future

  27. Julie says:

    I have had said lights for two years and worked really well. Now I assume I need a new battery and they look at me as if I have two heads when I ask in Canadian Tire. Cannot find a way to get in touch with Noma and yet there was an instruction sheet with lights saying how to replace battery. How to find one ??? who knows.

  28. Ruby Sorrell says:

    I had the same trouble too finding Replacement Batterys.I Paid over $20.00 for some that Noma sent me and they werer the wrong ones even though I sent the Serial off the Batterys pluss photos off them.
    Why dont they send replacement Batterys with Shipping orders to all Stores who sell them.
    Ruby Hiltz Sorrell

  29. jan says:

    we have the same problem where on earth do you find the noma 3.2 lithium rechargable batteriesfor the noma xmas lights we love the lights on our trellis in the summer but can’t find the batteries anywhere!!!!

    • Dan says:

      Hi Jan,
      I wish I knew. I have the same issue. I really liked these lights on our backyard deck arm rails but now they are just an eye sore.

      I’ll keep looking and let you know. If anyone knows please tell us all!

  30. Deb says:

    Canadian Tire carries the batteries. They are not with the regular batteries but in a lock case near the Christmas lights. I just purchased some this week. I would like to locate a charger if anyone knows where I can find one.


  31. Jason says:

    hi Guys i have had the same lights for 3 years now . love it . but now i need new batteries for 1 unit . Canadian tire does not sell it any more where can i get this NOMA 3.2v 1 200 mAh battery thx Jason

  32. Gerald says:

    No luck at all with these lites. We purchased 8 sets with hopes of decorating our 2 front yard trees but in four nites ,plus an extra day for charging we haven’t got any to stay on more than an hour and most for only 20 minutes , if at all. For me they’re a waste of money until someone corrects the battery or charging problem. At $30.00 a set these are heading back to CTC, where I should have left them. Do yourself a favour and skip the aggrivation we went thru and leave them in the store.Thumbs down!!
    hope this steers buyers away from this unusable product.

  33. Poolside says:

    Yes, they are junk. Two sets had corroded and leaky batteries, dated 2008, these have been sitting around 4 yrs. $40 bucks toasted. And they are clearance so no refund. I bet the rest will be land filled, never to be seen again.

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