Buyer's Guide for Indoor and Outdoor Christmas Lighting
Looking for the best Christmas lights for your project?
Whether you are a first-time buyer or a seasoned pro, the choice of options you have in Christmas lighting has exploded in recent years.
The Christmas Tree
- LED lights are more expensive to manufacture but they use up to 90% less electricity
- LED lights look a little brighter on the tree so you can probably use fewer strings of lights
- Taste or preference
Lighting the Roof line or Shingle Edge
4. Q. A row of lights isn't doing it for me along the edge of my roof. Any other suggestions?
Take a look at icicle lights. They look great on their own or mixed with larger C7 or C9 strings installed alongside them.
Lighting Railings and Columns
Tree Trunks and Shrubs
Here is a handy guide to help you with your Christmas lights selection:
|Project||Mini Lights||LED Strings||C7/C9||Net||Icicle||Rope||12 V||LED Bulbs||Batt. Lights||Med Base||Craft Lights|
|Patio or Gazebo||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
The Main Christmas Light Product Categories
Christmas Tree Mini Lights (Traditional, glass, incandescent)
Whether you call them Christmas tree lights, twinkle lights or fairy lights, traditional incandescent lights have been the most popular choice with our customers since we began selling lights online in 2005.
They work great for projects like:
String lights come in different light spacings (depending on the number of lights per strand, the spacing determines the length of the strands).
There are several specifications to consider when choosing the perfect strand:
LED Christmas Light Strings
Take advantage of the cost savings and easy installation and consider installing our LED Christmas light sets this Holiday Season. Our sets feature jewel-toned colored lenses, a wide variety of shapes from small M5 lenses that work to accent anything to larger C7 and C9 lens styles that are larger and show up nicely in their own right. From traditional white to red and then to electric purples and pinks, you will have a tough decision choosing the best shaped lens and color for your project.
With the ability to run 1000's of LEDs off a single breaker, these sets make installation easier - less need to run extension cords all over your roof. Non-breakable lenses means that they are more durable during wind storms and storage.
Traditional Incandescent and LED Bulbs and Cords
Nothing says Christmas like a roof line crisply outlined in C9 bulbs all snapped to attention by the right installation clips. C7 bulbs have E12 or candelabra bases and are the size of a nightlight - they even fit in most night lights. C9 bulbs have intermediate bases (also known as E17) and the bulbs are almost 2 inches tall.
With a tapered look, these lights are perfect for decorating for Christmas and other Holidays - don't forget Halloween - it's now the number two market for Christmas lights.
We sell our bulbs and cords separately to keep down costs for you and allow you the ultimate in versatility. Want blue, yellow and orange lights? It's easy to order boxes of 25 bulbs in each of these colors and then order enough cord for your project. Keep in mind to use seek out the wise counsel of a master electrician if you have any questions about how to install these lights.
Net Lights for Shrubs and Wrapping Tree TrunksA grid of evenly spaced bulbs, net lights are a quick and easy way to decorate:
Non-traditional uses include:
- Walls of light
- Ceilings of stars
- Summer garden decor
- Wrapping trees with larger trunks
Icicle LightsAccenting a roofline is easy with icicle lights. These light sets look especially nice on homes with varying elevations in the roofline. Historic homes with circular turrets and Victorian gingerbread are really highlighted with white icicle lights on white wire.
Try using icicle lights on and in:
Battery Operated LightsWhenever you need some lights but have no outlet? battery lights are the best solution. Perfect for projects like:
- Table centerpieces
- Wedding receptions and banquets
- Mosaic Projects
- Filling Glass Blocks
- Lighting up wine and liquor bottles
Our LED battery lights have been used in these kinds projects:
- Theatrical productions
- Glass blocks for showers and parties
12 Volt LED LightsLights for parades, camping and Holiday fun in your car!
One of our most popular products, these 9.5 feet of lit length 12-volt sets have a car accessory plug and are perfect for parades, motorcycles, and golf carts. We've even had some customers use them in the cabs of their pick up trucks while on search and rescue.
These lights are not tailored for landscape lighting and do not have standard plugs. See photos of these lights on their category page. Their connector is a standard car accessory plug.
We carry a wide line of rope lights - also known as plastic neon lighting. We carry rope light in incandescent and LED varieties.
Our customers are using this style of lighting in their:
Installation Hardware and Accessories
Add tree clips, timers, and extension cords to finish out your project.
Our stakes are commercial grade and the universal stakes can be hammered into the ground - great for icy conditions.
Check out the installation clips application grid on this page - it has some suggestions about what to use for different applications.