A big battery operated by the Santa Claus Organisation has been found to be running on less than half of the electricity it claims.
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The company says its battery-operated light bulb, powered by a lithium ion battery, can last for up to five hours on the standard charge.
It has been fitted with a special device to allow for the extra battery’s energy to be transferred to the light bulb as heat.
The Santa Claus Operators Association said the new light bulb was not designed to be used exclusively for lighting, and it had to be powered by the power of the sun.
The organisation’s managing director, Chris Hill, said: “We have always said the Santa is our favourite Christmas ornament, and this is a great way to make it even better.”
The Santa Operators Society said the operation had been successful, with only about half of its electricity going to the LED light.
However, Mr Hill said: ‘This is a very small percentage, but it’s still a big improvement on what we would have been using.’
He said that the cost of the Santa’s battery operation was £1.3m.
The battery operated light bulb costs the Santa the equivalent of about one Christmas for each UK household.
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