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.
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.