How to buy the perfect Christmas lights
Gosh! Is it that time of year already? Yes. Yes, it is. It’s already the season to be jolly. It’s hard to be jolly and in high spirits when you’re amongst a wild stampede of shoppers in the hunt for Christmas decorations. This can be annoying and could potentially lead to unnecessary stress and strain. Most of us attempt to avoid this by reusing old decorations, but let’s be honest. How are those decorations looking this year? You don’t have to lie, your tree lights have lost their sparkle.
Don’t underestimate how your décor can influence your Christmas cheer! You can beat the race at the shops; have access to a larger selection of decorations, save your money and sanity by buying your decorations online. Make this Christmas extra special by lighting up not only your house, but your heart with beautiful Christmas lights. If you’re unsure what to look for, follow these simple guidelines and make the most out of this Christmas season.
Before looking at what’s available on the market, it’s important to take a few things into consideration:
1.Your location. Are you buying Christmas lights for your tree, your home, outdoor or indoor or all of the above?
2.What style suits you and your house? Do you want a contemporary design or will you opt for a more traditional look?
3.How many bulbs/lights are you looking to purchase?
4.Is your space limited? Does your neighbourhood or development let you have extravagant decorations?
5.Do you have enough outlets in your home and are they conveniently located?
6.How will your lights affect your neighbours? If you buy extremely bright lights will they be shining into someone’s bedroom window?
Before going to purchase lights, it is in your best interest to measure the area you’ve selected to decorate. The last thing you want after making a purchase is to find out your lights are too long or too short.
Choosing the length:
Christmas lights come in strands so the amount of strands you need to buy dependents on how many meters you want to cover. You will most likely be buying several strands. For example: if your measurement is 5 metres and each strand measures 1 metre, you will need to buy 5 strands of Christmas lights. Calculating how many strands you need for your Christmas tree is a bit different, but not any more complicated. The best way to guesstimate is by taking the height of your Christmas tree and multiplying it by ten. This will serve as a good estimate of how much length you need when wrapping strands around the tree.
After you have carefully assessed what has been previously listed, you can focus on less boring and technical things. You can now get creative and think about what kind of lights to purchase. Buying Christmas lights used to be very straightforward, but with the technological advances in the past decade, it’s a bit more complicated. Today Christmas lights are more durable, but also less expensive. Christmas only comes once a year so most of us reuse the same Christmas lights for as long as we can. Due to this lack of necessity, you may not even know what options are out there.
LED vs Incandescent Lights
Many would say that the light bulb that has brought light into our homes for over 200 years isn’t looking so hot anymore. Traditional incandescent lighting is officially up against LED lighting. Although both have their advantages and disadvantages, it really comes down to preference.
Here are a few things about LED lighting. LED stands for “Light emitting diode”. It differs in comparison to incandescent lighting because it’s a “solid state lighting”. This means instead of emitting light from a vacuum or through gas, it emits light from a piece of solid matter.
It’s LED’s unique technology that makes it a service high in demand. In many respects using LED lights would be beneficial because they are more efficient. The main attraction in LED lights is that they do not overheat. This makes them far more attractive in relation to traditional lights because they are safer and more durable. Your local fire station will be particularly excited about LED Christmas lights because incandescent lighting is the number one reason why the Christmas season has the highest rate of house fires. In addition to being less of a fire hazard, LED lights also last longer. The average life span of an LED bulb is 100,000 hours whereas traditional lighting only lasts 1,200 hours. LED lights also use up a whopping 90% less power than incandescent lights. The average yearly cost for LED lighting is £20 and the average yearly cost for traditional is around £200.
Although LED Christmas lights are great, they also have some drawbacks. Incandescent lighting is much brighter than LED and provides that classic “Christmas feel”. Incandescent lighting is the less expensive option and they generally have more bulbs on their strings. This will give whatever you’re lighting up a lot of light and the adequate level of brightness. LED lighting is generally quite dim to its counterpart so we recommend you check the diode for each bulb and make sure it’s at a minimum of 3.
Another eco-friendly option is solar Christmas lights. This is a convenient option for decoration as solar lights do not require an outlet, just the good ol’ sun! Although this is a great way to help the planet; they’re not always suitable for use in winter because there are less daylight hours. Since they are solar powered, it’s important that when they’re not in use they get enough sun so they can recharge their batteries. How to choose: Like all lights, solar lights come in a variety of strands. The strands come in short, medium and long strands.
If you’re into candles and their ambience, opt for battery operated lights. Battery operated lights provide a more traditional feel and are relatively low maintenance and inexpensive. They are also great because you can move them around the house and they don’t require an outlet. Battery lights are perfect for tables, desks, kitchen counters, anywhere really! They are risk free, but they are not always water proof. This may pose a problem if you want to use them outside. Battery lights come in a wide variety of shapes and colours. You can choose from lights in the shapes of stars, animals, butterflies, etc.
Battery lights may not always be water proof, but rope lights are! Rope lighting is a quick and easy way to decorate your home for Christmas. It’s a way to instantly brighten up your home. It provides a nice look and is particularly safe and handy if you have pets or children. They’re very flexible so they’re perfect to wrap around your staircase or pillars. They are a bit fragile so be careful. If rope lights manage to be snapped, they won’t work. They also have a tendency to overheat so be careful where you place them.
Net lighting is an easy way to decorate your front or backyard. Net lighting is in a…yep! You guessed it – a net-like pattern. This makes them easy to put over bushes, shrubs, etc. Although untraditional, you can also drape net lighting over your roof or your lawn. They come in all kinds of colours so you can go crazy.
Icicle Christmas lights are very popular and are a beautiful way to decorate the outside of your home. Icicles come in all kinds of shapes and colours and are now available in LED. This is great because icicle lights have a tendency to be quite fragile, but now with LED they’re more durable. These can also be used on your desk, in dining rooms or any place you can hang them.
Now that you have fully equipped yourself with the secret knowledge of Christmas Lights, you can make sure to make this the best Christmas season yet. Our aim is to always make you the spectacle and envy of your neighbourhood, maybe even as great as these Christmas displays. We hope it worked!