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New LED Lights Just Arrived

Our 2012 stock of LED christmas lights have just arrived.   This year we have  a selection of various lit lengths in white, warm white, multi colour and blue ligths available.   Last year the warm white christmas lights proved to be the most popular – some sizes selling out well before Christmas.

Christmas lights are so useful for using other than on your christmas tree.   They can give such a festive look to your home – lay them accross the mantelpiece, wrap them around the bannisters, use them to decorate the top of your kitchen units – just a few suggestions where they can be used.

We also have in stock some fabulous red cherry lights that are wonderful for decorating a tree or bush outside.   I always think that a lit tree in a garden or pathway is a great welcome to friends and family over the Festive Season.

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Alternative Uses For Christmas Lights

Christmas lights are traditionally hung around Christmas trees. If you take a little drive around your neighbourhood I am sure you will come across home owners who have found other uses for those lights. Some home owners have created absolute visual wonderlands using lights all over the external areas of their homes. You don’t have to go those lengths, however, there are some areas where Christmas lights can help to add that little extra magic to Christmas.

When it comes to outside areas, be sure you are using lights specifically designed for outdoor use. You can use external Christmas lights to decorate a tree in your front garden – small white twinkling lights really do look like a touch of magic, especially if used sparingly. There are times where people just overdo it using far too many lights, and far too many colours. If you want to set your house off, or a Christmas tree in the window, then use the outside lights to draw the eye rather than completely taking over.

You can also decorate front entrances, eaves, and windows. Internally, the options are only limited by the physical limitations of your home, and your imagination. Popular uses for Christmas lights include running them down stair cases, hanging them in windows, framing doorways, framing mantles and disused fireplaces, and hanging from, of all places, the top of an old four-poster bed.

There is a whole range of Christmas lights that can be used including:

  • net/icicle lights
  • rope lights
  • micro lights
  • cluster lights
  • decorative lights
  • traditional LED or bulb lights

Choose your lights depending on the effect you wish to create, then experiment. You will be surprised at much a simple set of Christmas lights can change a room, hallway, or the exterior of your home.

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Are You Worried About Electricity And Christmas Lights?

I know there are a lot of people who worry over Christmas lights. The factor that concerns them the most is the electricity in the lights – and it’s not the cost that worries them. Every now and then we hear about a house fire over the Christmas period. Sometimes the cause of the fire is attributed to lights on a Christmas tree. This is unfortunate because, while the lights may have caused the fire, it is often the negligence of the user that is at fault. If Christmas lights are well cared for, and if they are used properly, they should never be a cause for concern. Modern LED lights cause even fewer problems as they generate little heat and use minimal amounts of power.

There are alternatives to the traditional Christmas lights. These are battery operated lights that run off three AAA batteries. Because they are LED lights, they use little power, generate little if any heat, and the batteries last for quite some time. Battery operated lights are not as long as normal lights, generally having only 20 lights over 2 meters. You could put that too good use by stringing up several different colors together making for an interesting effect.

Battery operated lights are convenient for areas where there is no easy access to mains power. They also allow you to decorate your tree and to then move it to wherever you want it without having to trail power cables behind you. Standard Christmas tree lights are safe when used correctly. Obviously, once you deviate from what is considered “safe use,” you could be asking for trouble. If in doubt, then check out battery operated Christmas lights

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How To String Lights On Your Christmas Tree For Best Effect

Christmas lights come in a range of styles. The modern Christmas lights are long lasting low power use LEDs, however, you can still find the old fashioned bulb style lights, and they still look great on any Christmas tree. If you are going to light your Christmas tree this year, then it helps to string your lights properly to get the best effect.

When decorating your Christmas tree, you should start with the lights. It can be quite awkward lighting a tree once you have other decorations up, especially if you use lengths of tinsel or garlands of any description. When lighting your tree, be sure to use the right number of lights for the height of the tree, and to use the correct power pack to match your lights. You should also check that your Christmas lights are all working before you string them around your tree.

To start stringing your lights, work from the base and work you way up one side and down the other. You don’t need lights on every branch, select the main branches at each level and loosely wrap your lights. You may need to make a few alterations to ensure you get a good cover all around your tree. What you are looking for is even spread of lights with no blank areas, or areas that are overcrowded with lights. Once you happy that your tree is evenly covered, go back and ensure the lights are securely wrapped around the branch that it is on.

Once completed, turn your Christmas lights on and stand back to see if you have achieved the effect you were looking for. Remember, you will be adding more decorations to the tree, and they will add their dimension to the Christmas trees overall effect.

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Having Fun With Connectable Christmas Lights

Christmas lights look great strung around a Christmas tree, but that’s not their only use. There is a growing group of people who string lights together to make some of the most awesome looking Christmas displays. That, however, takes a lot of planning, a lot of lights, and plenty of electricity. In the family home, you can still have a lot of fun with Christmas lights, especially if you buy from the connectable range.

These lights are about 5 metres in length and have 100 LED lights spaced at 5 cms apart. You can connect up to 10 of these lights to make quite stunning displays in the home. You will need the right size connectable light power pack to light up them all up, however, it’s a one-off expense if you are using connectable lights.

Connectable lights have a stunning range that includes white, blue and multi-coloured. You can also buy twinkling lights and the very pretty cluster garland strings of lights. Most of the connectable range of Christmas lights are also suitable for outside use, handy if you have a large tree that you would like to decorate. However, it’s inside the home where you can really have fun with these lights.

You are only limited by your imagination. Some of the better displays include dressing the border of windows, with the Christmas tree taking pride of place in the centre. Other uses include framing a Christmas tree by placing lights all the way around the corner of one wall, with the Christmas tree in the centre, and most popular of all, trying to design Christmas images using strings of connectable Christmas lights. The end result can look quite spectacular, and it doesn’t take that long to put them all together. If you are considering something different in the way of Christmas lighting this year, consider connectable Christmas lights, you can have a lot of fun putting them to good use.

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Check Your Christmas Lights Well Before Christmas

If you have Christmas lights from last year, and most people do, then now is the time to dig them out and to give them a thorough check. While your Christmas lights should last several years, they can deteriorate over time and can become damaged whilst being packed or while stored away. The last thing you need is to have your Christmas tree decorated and the lights strung only to find they are not working. So what should you check for? Here is a list of some of the areas you should be looking at.

  • Power plug – check to see if the power plug is still if there is any damage to the plug. If the plug has become damaged, it could present an electrical hazard.
  • Power pack – if your Christmas lights have a power pack, check that it has not been damaged in any way. When you plug it in, listen for any buzzing. While some power packs do emit a low buzz, a loud buzz could indicate the power pack is slowly dying. It may be wise to replace it now.
  • Wiring –  carefully check the wiring between lights to ensure there has been no deterioration, there are no small nicks, or any other damage.
  • Lamps – check for broken lamps before switching the lights on. If all appears well, plug your Christmas lights on and check that all are working. Replace any lamps that are not working.

By checking your Christmas lights now, you can replace lamps where necessary, and ensure that there is less risk of electrical incidents over the Christmas period. Christmas lights are not expensive so if you have any doubts, throw them out and replace them with new lights. The latest LED Christmas lights will last much longer, use less power, and often look a lot better than the old fashioned filament lamps.

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Christmas Lights – Which Is Better, Coloured Or White?

A question that is often raised when it comes to Christmas lights is whether coloured lights are better than the white lights. The answer is invariably the same, what do you prefer? Each set of lights does change the personality of a Christmas tree, and that does need to be taken into account.

Coloured Christmas tree lights tend to draw the eye to lights themselves. Having glittery objects on the tree such as baubles and tinsel often enhances the colour of Christmas lights, more so when colours bounce off each other. Children tend to prefer coloured lights and they do tend to add a little magic to a tree.

White, or the soft cream style lights, have a different effect. These lights tend to enhance the decorations that are already on a Christmas tree. Where coloured lights bounce different colours around the baubles, white lights add a glimmer to baubles and other decorations. The feature on the tree becomes those decorations and not the lights. Christmas trees with white lights tend to look either more formal, or more homely; again, it depends on the environment and your perception.

Which light is best for you? Do you want glittery with the lights the centre of focus, or do you prefer to have the decorations stand out more? You should buy the lights that best suit your Christmas mood, however, if you have children around, then keeping the Christmas tree fun and friendly often means getting the coloured lights. We all have different preferences. Do you have a preference for the kind of lights you have on your Christmas tree? Have you even ordered a Christmas tree yet? Time is running out.

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Are You Lighting Up Your House This Christmas?

It’s becoming a tradition at Christmas. People climb into their cars, or take special buses, then tour around their local towns or cities just to view the Christmas lights on show – and some of those light shows are absolutely brilliant. I know there are many who do decorate their homes that are already either planning or putting together their light show. It can take thousands of lights to make some of their show pieces, and the light of choice today is the LED – and for good reason too.

LEDs use less energy and create far less heat compared to standard light bulbs. The technology is such that if one LED fails, the remaining lights will continue to operate. This is in contrast to the string lights of old, where one blown bulb would render the whole string useless, until you found and replaced the faulty bulb that is. LEDs have long life spans as well as making them ideal for use year after year.

Are you going to dress up your home with a brilliant light show? If so, we have all the lights you need including:

  • Traditional fairy lights
  • LED string lights
  • Connectable lights
  • Micro lights
  • Net/Icicle lights
  • Cluster lights
  • Rope lights, and
  • Decorative lights

Of course, lights will create the show, however, you also need the power packs and power leads to keep them going, and we can supply them as well.  We can also supply a range of battery powered Christmas lights for use in areas where you’d rather not be connected to mains power. Christmas has become synonymous with festivities, Christmas trees and exquisitely planned Christmas light shows. We can supply the lights. Do you have the artistic flair to put together a light show?

If not, that doesn’t mean you can’t light up your home for your own enjoyment – just putting the lights together is an exciting time for the family. Christmas is not that far away – order your lights now before it’s too late and you’ll receive them in plenty of time to decorate your home.

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What To Do If Your Christmas Lights Fail

It’s about this time of year that Christmas lights start to create problems – at least, those that are more than a year old and have been stored gathering dust somewhere. There are a number of reasons why Christmas lights fail but they generally boil down to two problems:

Light Bulbs – in older string lights, it only takes one little light globe to fail and the whole set will stop working. The only way to determine the problem is to check each globe. You can do a visual holding it up to a light source, or take a small strong pen light and shine it through the bulb. The other alternative is to get a new bulb and to go through replacing each globe until you find the culprit.

Transformer Problem – strings of Christmas lights require a transformer. This drops the amount of power back to a trickle, which is all the lights need to work. Sometimes, transformers die and need replacing. It is important to replace like with like. If you use a transformer that is the wrong size then you run the risk of blowing your lights or perhaps overheating the transformer and causing a fire risk.

LED Christmas lights seem to cause the least number of problems, although over time their transformer will die as well. If you need to replace a transformer, give us a call – we may just have your transformer in stock.