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3 Quick Tips on How to Choose Christmas Lights

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Nothing says Christmas like the festive look of seasonal decorations brightly adorned with beautiful lights. But with so many choices, how do you pick the right lights for your holiday display? Here is a guide to help you choose the type of Christmas lights for your decorating needs.

Balsam Hill shares three quick tips for choosing the best Christmas lights

Tip #1: Know the Different Lamp Types

Incandescent light bulbs and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are the most common lamp types used in Christmas lighting.

  • Incandescent Christmas Lights. Incandescent light bulbs have been used as Christmas lights for more than a century, but the technology largely remains the same. Light is produced by heating a filament wire to a high temperature. Incandescent lights are the cheapest type of Christmas lights available. Unfortunately, they’re not very energy-efficient, converting only five percent of their energy into visible light.
  • LED Lights. LED Christmas lights have been gaining popularity for the past few years because they give off less heat and are much more energy-efficient and eco-friendly than incandescent bulbs. Although LED lights are a bit more expensive to purchase than incandescent bulbs, LEDs allow you to save on electricity in the long run. They also have no glass components, making them safe from breakage like conventional bulbs.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

White Lights or Multicolored? How Light Color Choices Affect Your Décor

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It’s truly a sight to behold when your Christmas tree, ornaments and lights just naturally come together. It does take a bit of work to make it look great, but it’s definitely worth it in the end!

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For now, let’s focus on your light color choices (still an ongoing decorating debate!) – White versus multicolored lights.

  1. White Lights: White lights are often viewed as elegant and sophisticated. They can be used in a single color palette, like white on white or gold on gold. Remember that metallic colors work especially well with white lights. As a neutral color, white lights can also serve as a backdrop for other, bolder colors. For example, strands of white Christmas lights can be complemented with single-color ornaments in red, gold, green or blue. A unique and fun color to try this year is pink!
  2. Multicolored Lights: Multicolored Christmas lights are seen as festive and magical. A good rule of thumb with a colorful palette like this would be stick to around three to four basic colors. Once you’ve chosen your color palette, you can mix and match your ornaments! Try combining pieces like stars, ribbons, beads and ball ornaments in different textures, sizes and shapes.

If you do decide to go full throttle, I won’t stop you! You can incorporate themes like Candyland, Toy Kingdom and Americana (or even Hello Kitty?). The point is to have fun and go with what makes you feel festive. Happy decorating!