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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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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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How Many Lights Should You Put On Your Christmas Tree?

Christmas lights for your Christmas treeA Christmas tree is not complete without the star on top and the lights switched on. Christmas lights come in varying lengths with each length containing a certain number of lights. Do you know how many lights should go on your tree?

The formula is pretty easy – about 30 lights per foot in height. A four foot tree should have no more than 120 lights – a five foot tree no more than 150 lights. We have a chart on all about lights fact page if you need any help for your tree.

LED lights are much safer than the traditional string lights. They also use less power so they generate less heat as well. This reduces the stress on your Christmas tree, helping it to stay fresh longer.

Traditional string lights are still popular and in use by a lot of families. These lights have their own unique bulb shape and look great hanging in and around the foliage of a Christmas tree. Flashing lights are always popular, especially the multi-coloured lights. If you want to catch a child’s attention, just turn on the Christmas fairy lights – it works every time.

Don’t overcrowd your Christmas tree with too many lights. It is not good for the tree and doesn’t improve the look. Sometimes – fewer can be much better.