Guide to Lights

Guide to Lights

The holiday season just wouldn’t be the same without the magic and sparkle of Christmas Lights. Our Christmas Lights Shopping Guide will help you get the best lights to show off your Christmas spirit!

Before You Start…

Just as with deciding on a Christmas Tree, you should measure the area you want to decorate to determine the length of lights you’ll need.

Inside or Out?

Another important factor into the type of lights you should buy is whether they will be for more intimate interior decoration, or whether they need to shine and survive through outdoor conditions. Also, depending on what you have in mind for your decorations, there are certain lights designed for specialty decorating purposes.

Types of Christmas Lights

Knowing about the different variety of Christmas lights available will allow you to find the perfect lights for your needs, saving you time, and making you a smarter shopper.

  • – Incadescent Lights are the classic Christmas Lights. They come in a wide array of colors, giving you nearly limitless options in your decorating decisions.
  • LED Lights are the newest technology in Christmas lights. While they are slightly more expensive to create, they are vastly more energy efficient than incandescent lights, resulting in lower electric bills and a longer life to the string.
  • Specialty Lights are unique sets of lights that are designed for more specific decorating purposes. Examples include icicle lights, or net lights which make decorating bushes and shrubbery a snap.

Quality Control

While purchasing purely on price can be enticing, be sure to do your research into the quality and safety of your Christmas lights. How many lights are on a string? While more lights seem appealing, it generally means they are also shoved closer together on the string. Look for lights with at least 6 inches of spacing between each light for better aesthetics and a longer life out of your investment. Also, don’t forget to look for lights that are tested by Underwriters Laboratory (often seen as UL), an independent testing agency that ensures the lights will be safe for use under normal conditions.