There’s just something about Christmas lights that really bring a smile and a sparkle to the eyes for children of all ages. When I was a kid, my family would drive around all of the different neighborhoods just to look at all of the Christmas lights. I have to say that lighting up the house for Christmas brings back so many great memories!
For those of you just starting out with outdoor Christmas lights, there are many great options. Now you can choose from LED lights or solar lights and many more. The lights that you start with will last for years to come. You don’t have to buy all of your Christmas lights all at once, that can really add up! Since I have started decorating the house with Christmas lights every year, I learned quickly that the easiest way to afford to light up the house is to add to your Christmas lights each year. As you can see from the picture, I have collected quite a few lights and decorations over the years!
We started with some garlands and string lights and by adding to our decorations every year; we now have quite a Christmas light display to put on! For those of you just starting out in your home, decorating for the first time or just simply wondering about some of the newer options in Christmas lights, here are the basic lighting options for you to consider:
LED lights are great for Christmas because they offer a brighter and more vivid light. LED lights are becoming more and more popular because they offer a great deal of energy savings when having them on throughout the Christmas season. LED lights can be string lights, icicle lights, net lights and lights with specialty light like lighted garlands and more.
Solar lights are great because they cost nothing to run. The solar sets come with a panel similar to solar landscape lighting and will light up as the sun sets. Most of the solar sets burn for 6-8 hours after sunset and are a great money (and energy) saving option.
The Christmas classic. String lights or twinkle lights as some folks call them, are a staple of most residential Christmas displays. You can string some lights just about anywhere you can plug them in! They are great for enhancing garlands, pillars, bannisters and more. They come in larger sizes too such as the medium C7 bulbs and the larger, traditional C9 sizes. These larger bulb sizes are also used in inflatables and other styled decorations.
Oh net lights, how I love thee. Net lights save so much time when you want to light up your trees, shrubs and other difficult areas. Net lights offer you evenly spaced lights that make you shrubs look like they were professionally decorated. I use net lights quite a bit here at the house because of the time saved and the result just looks so much better than if I used string lights.
Icicle lights are great because they add more light than the standard string lights. Icicle lights can be LED or incandescent and either make a beautiful impact on your outdoor Christmas decorations. You can use them to outline your roofline, eaves, fences and more.
Christmas Lights Accessories
Of course you will need some accessories to hang your lights. Gutter clips make for easy decorating with just about any type of lights. You can use shingle slips too, but they are for C9 and C7 lights. And of course, I couldn’t hang my lights around my eaves and other high spots without some assistance from my trusty light hanging kit. This tool is great because it telescopes up to 11’.
Christmas Lighting Safety
Check out this great video to find out more about safety while decorating with Christmas lights: