So you have decided to put on the best Christmas outdoor lighting display on the block this year. You have started a plan, measure the places the lights are to go. The next important step is to decide what types of lights to use.
Here is a checklist
– C7bulbs 2 inch long, large, bright, visible, traditional, and easy to change. Their big advantage is that when one light fails the rest of the string stays alight. This style of light comes with a number of different sockets on a string, which makes it easy to determine how long a string you need to fit the space for the lights. These lights can also be purchased with the cord separate to the bulbs, enabling you to choose the lighting effect required. They can be expensive to run with high power consumption, unless you choose the C7 bulb shape fitted with LED’s. A twinkle style is also available for this type of string (this is where every say 6th bulb will turn on and off giving a twinkling impression). twinkle led christmas lights
– C9 bulbs 3 inch long with the same comments and advantages as the C7, only with a larger bulb and thus larger light source.
– Mini-Lights– These are the smaller lights traditionally using small incandescent bulbs, but many now come with LED’s for outdoor Christmas tree lights. The major problems with this type of light string is that when a bulb fails it takes out a section or the entire string, making it difficult and time consuming to find the dead bulb and replace it. The cords come in white, green or brown to match the background you wish to put them against. Mini lights are great in that, the sets can be easily connected together or connected to a controller that will turn them on and off to music, or a programmed flashing display. There are many different color options for fairy lights from clear and white through to almost any color you can think of.
– LED lights are available in both the traditional C7 and C9 styles and also in mini or fairy lights. Led have the advantage of being low on power consumption and cool to the touch, much safer with children around. LED lights also last a very long time and are sturdier than incandescent bulbs, avoiding the need for bulb replacement. Mini Lights are the most common form of outdoor LED Christmas lights about, although more types are arriving each year as technology and cost improves. The most amazing LED lights are the color changing ones, generally in blue/green shades or red/orange shades where the lights gradually change through a number of colors. A very cool effect.
– Solar Lights– solar outdoor Christmas lights are becoming more and more common. They are good for places where it is hard to get power to. They are usually LED lights, charged up by the sun during the day and alight at night. In places where there is not much sun during the day they are unlikely to get charged up sufficiently.
– Net Lights – these are great for bushes and shrubs, the lights are connected together in a grid arrangement, making it easy to just drape over a plant giving the effect of equally spaced lights effortlessly. Usually LED lights.
– Rope lights – This style has LED lights encased in vinyl cord looking like a rope, hence the name outdoor Christmas rope lights. It makes storage and installation very easy and produces a softer light. These have the advantages of LED lights, without the storage issues of fairy or mini lights. As mini lights this style can also be selected to have different light display patterns such as flashing, twinkle or chaser.
– Animated Lights – These are shapes such as angels, stars, nativity scenes that have LED lights placed around the edge in varying colors to illuminate the shape. There are many different shapes available.
– Shimmering Spheres – These glowing balls and come in several different sizes. The ball consists of 100 or so mini lights connected together to make a ball shape, when illuminated it produces a shimmering effect to add to you Outdoor lighting display.