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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.