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.
Tip #2: Know the Light Shape and Construction Your Decoration Calls for
- Mini lights. Mini or fairy lights are the traditional long and slender type of incandescent Christmas lights that look like tiny candles with pointed tips. Although there are now some sets that are being wired in parallel, most fairy lights are still wired in series, posing the age-old problem that if one bulb goes out, the rest won’t light.
- The C6, C7, and C9 work in almost exactly the same way as a mini light, but come in a classic or strawberry-shaped glass housing. Measuring three-fourths of an inch in diameter, C6 lights are perfect for decorating Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, and other displays where viewers will be in close proximity. The seven-eighths of an inch C7 and slightly larger C9 lights are great for big outdoor trees, and outlining buildings, roofs, and eaves.
- 5mm. Among LED Christmas lights are the 5mm wide angle conical versions. Typically the LED equivalent of incandescent mini lights, these small LED bulbs are contained in a plastic enclosure. The actual bulb design is not as long as a fairy light, but the illumination intensity and the overall look of the light set is nearly identical when lit. The 5mm is especially suited for outdoor lighting applications where maximum intensity is needed. Indoors, the brightness of the bulbs can be overwhelming.
- The G12 Globe Christmas Light is another LED lamp type but with a globe or raspberry-shaped plastic enclosure one-half inch in size. G25 lights are one-inch versions of the G12. The round LED housing offers a unique look that many people find appealing, particularly for lighting interior artificial foliage.
- Icicle Lights are the popular choice for lighting the outside of the home or office building. Decorating the roof lines, eaves, and windows, these create the effect of dandling icicles. They come in regular and twinkling versions.
- Rope Lights are decorative light ropes produced using crystal clear PVC tubing, making them flexible and easy to be bent into many shapes and cut in regular intervals. Versatile enough to use both indoors and outdoors, rope lights are best for outlining windows and doors or wrapped around trees, deck rails, and banisters. These lights can twinkle or chase, depending on the product’s specifications.
- Net Lights are simple to install and look spectacular both indoors and outdoors. Multiple sets may be connected together, providing time-saving coverage for shrubs, bushes, trees, and railings. Because they’re evenly spaced, they quickly create a professionally decorated Christmas display.
Tip #3: Determine the Colors You Want
Both incandescent and LED Christmas lights come in white and colored versions. Incandescent lights are particularly loved for the broad-spectrum white light they produce. White LEDs, on the other hand, are basically blue light with a pinch of yellow mixed in, so they hardly match the warmth of a clear incandescent light.
Colored incandescent lights are made by coating the glass envelope with a translucent paint, which acts as a color filter. However, the paint tends to fade when exposed to weather. In contrast, colored LEDs do not suffer from color fading because the light is determined by the LED’s chip rather than the plastic lens.
Balsam Hill™ Christmas Lights
To make holiday decorating as luxuriously convenient as possible, Balsam Hill offers premium LED Christmas lights.
Befitting our gorgeous ultra-realistic Christmas trees, our clear mini Candlelight LED string lights glow in a warm white color. The multicolor version shines in jewel tones of red, green, yellow, and dark blue. Unlike most LEDs in the market, which are designed with plastic housings, these beautiful lights from Balsam Hill have glass casings and produce a more natural warm glow.
Candlelight LED Light Strings from Balsam Hill
Multicolor LED Light Strings from Balsam Hill
Our Cool White strawberry-shaped LEDs are an enchanting complement to any home. These LED lights are encased in a special bulb lens that evenly diffuses white light to produce perfect illumination. Multicolor versions create a breathtaking play of red, blue, orange, green, and yellow tones. Both are perfect for indoor and outdoor use and come in C6, C7, and C9 sizes.
Cool White Strawberry-shaped LED Lights from Balsam Hill
Multicolor C6 LED Lights from Balsam Hill
Christmas lights are a great way to reflect the holiday spirit, and keep your home festive all season long. Create elegant holiday displays with Balsam Hill’s reliable Christmas lights!