Since time immemorial, Christmas has been celebrated with fanfare. Along with a divinity attached to it, Christmas is an occasion to rejoice and have a good time. Most houses are decorated during Christmas. Along with the Christmas tree, mistletoes, cookies, gifts, etc, outdoors Christmas lights add a touch of warmth, gaiety and comfort. Nowadays, there are a wide variety of Christmas lights available, which makes shopping more exciting and enjoyable.
Christmas rope lights are easy to install and are available in various lengths. These can be used effectively to light up an entire house including the roof, railing and gate. Rope lights are available in a wide range of colors and can be used to decorate trees. Christmas rope lights are available in continuous, intermittent and chasing sequences.
Net lights, as the name suggests, are interwoven nets of light. These Christmas lights are used to decorate shrubs, hedges, small gardens and trees. LED Christmas lights have a longer life than traditional Christmas lights. These lights generate less heat than other bulbs, consequently consuming less energy as compared to other outdoor lights.
People may even choose to use electrically lit plastic Christmas candles to decorate driveways, doorways and center tables. While shopping for Christmas lights it is important to know what kind of light would be suitable for outdoor decoration and the quantity of lighting needed. LED lights are expensive to purchase, but when used as Christmas lighting, prove to be very economic, in terms of the electric bill. Market trends reveal that Christmas rope lights are the most commonly used lights.
If Christmas lights are used after being stored away for a year, it is important to check wiring systems. Open wires, cords and sockets should be fixed or replaced before hanging the lights. Broken or burned bulbs need to be replaced, as even a small wiring glitch may cause damage to the entire wiring. When Christmas lights are purchased for outdoor decorations it is advisable to buy lights that are designed specifically for outdoor use.
You know that you've had many different types of Christmas lights in your home.
However, you might not know some of the differences between these types of lights, until now.
LED Christmas Lights
These Christmas light newcomers are loved and revered by some and not a replacement for the tried and true for others. They are based on Light Emitting Diode technology and are general housed in plastic casing which makes them durable for outdoor use.
The main assets of LED Christmas lights are their low energy usage which saves customers money when the December electricity bill arrives, their low operating temperature and the fact that they last longer than traditional Christmas lights. How much longer is dependent on the environmental conditions where they are used and how they are treated. Nothing can protect against harsh wintry winds and errant squirrels. But at least if you drop a set, you won't have to run for a dustpan. As a rule of thumb, UL and the LED manufacturers rate these sets for 90 days of outdoor seasonal use.
The final choice when selecting Christmas lights all too often just comes down to personal taste. Knowing their strengths and weaknesses, take an opportunity to try something new this season!
C7 and C9 Bulbs and Cords - Traditional Christmas Lights
Some of the most popular types of Christmas light sets are C7, C9 - they are the traditional Christmas lights that everyone remembers growing up. Their retro look has been making a comeback over the last several Christmas seasons. They can be used either indoors or outdoors. The 25 and 100 foot sets contain either replaceable or built-in fuses. They are glass and filament (incandescent) construction and can break if you drop them. (And I've noticed about a 30% loss rate when my 3 year old helped me install them 2 years ago around our flowerbed.)
Both C7 and C9 Christmas lights can be purchased pre-installed or separately for a wider choice of colors. The C7 and C9 Christmas bulbs are designed so that if one bulb fails, it only affects that bulb, and not any of the surrounding bulbs - even removal or failure. They come in a variety of colors, and the cords are usually either green or white with a common spacing of 12 inches.
One of the nice features of C7 and C9 sets is that you can alternate colors or set them up in any pattern you choose. You aren't limited to a pre-manufactured selection. These Christmas light bulbs commonly come in transparent, opaque (painted) and flashing. With the opaque bulbs, you can achieve pastel colors not available in any other style.
C7 bulbs are smaller, just over 2 inches, while C9 are about three inches long from base to tip of bulb. Also, C9 lights have a larger diameter base than C7 lights. Most of the time, C9 bulbs are a great choice for outlining buildings and other outdoor work.
Christmas mini lights are smaller and spaced more closely than the C7 and C9 varieties. For the most part, mini lights bulbs are small and the sets come in wide variety of bulb colors, wire colors, and bulb spacings. Their incredible versatility is their biggest asset. You can use them for everything from Christmas to super-hero birthday party decorations.
Mini lights can be a little more trouble than C7 and C9 lights since they are wired in series. If one bulb is physically damaged or unplugged, its entire series or section of the set will not light. Their configuration, however, allows for a bulb to burn out and not break the circuit, it is only when a bulb is broken or comes out of the socket.