Why I'm Installing Just One Christmas Light
I’m only putting up one Christmas light this year. But it lights up my house with over 600 square feet of lasers. Seriously, there are like a thousand, green lasers pointed at my house. Maybe not a thousand, I haven’t counted, but certainly hundreds of points of light, as if I’m being stalked by a battalion of festive snipers.
This is thanks to the Night Stars Landscape Light. They have one, two and three color models. Mine’s just green.
It comes with a spike so you can sink it into the ground. The multicolored units also include remote controls. For whatever reason, the single color light doesn’t come with one, but if you buy one separately it will work. I didn’t get one. It’s weatherproof and rated to be outside from minus 4 degrees to 86 degrees F.
Used as designed, the light throws a 25x25-foot square of laser points onto any surface. That’s with the unit set about 10 feet back. It looks cool on a wall, but even better in an uneven area where the pattern is broken up by shrubbery or trees. Depending on the size of your lot, the average house is about 60 to 100 feet across the front, so you’d need several for total coverage with that density of the laser pattern.
Since I set this up in my front yard, I didn’t want to leave the unit exposed in the middle of my lawn, so it needed to be either further from the house or much closer. I chose further to get a larger spread and cover the whole house, and partially hide the light behind a tree. At that distance, it looked better to mount it higher up rather than spiked to the ground, so I screwed it to the tree behind my mailbox.
Finally, because the laser pattern was so wide now, a fair amount of lasers were lighting my neighbor’s house. I used heavy duty duct tape to shutter off a portion of the light (folded over so as to keep the sticky part away from the lens).
It comes with a pretty long cord, but not long enough to reach my house, so I ran an extension cord to a surge protector with a switch on it. Without a remote the light has no controls of its own, not even a switch, so if you have a remote, don’t lose it, and if you don’t, plug it in somewhere you can easily turn it on and off.
When the holidays are over, I’ll move it to my back yard in a more conventional setup – either that or put it in my kitchen.