Your favorite team is playing this week. You're decorating for a prom. Perhaps you'd like multi-color lights but you don't want traditional, you'd like teal, purple, pink and yellow.
You'd like customized colors in your Christmas lights. I'd like to give you some ideas for customizing your display.
What NOT to do
Here is a couple of ways we don't suggest you consider doing this:
1. Don't plan to order 5 different colors of mini lights and switch out the bulbs. Not only is this an arduous process that will wear the skin off your thumbs, but each time you extract a bulb and re-insert it, you run the risk of damaging the two tiny wires that fold out from the base of the bulb, thread out through the plastic base and make contact with the metal contacts that turn the bulb on and complete the circuit.
Additionally, if you are using strands of mini lights that have different numbers of bulbs, the bulbs may be rated differently so that some may burn out almost right away.
2. Don't plan to cut up a strand of mini lights and run it with another. Not only does cutting the strand void it's warranty but mini lights are wired in series and operate at low amperage. Whether incandescent or LED, most of the sets will stop working if you try to physically modify them.
Better Ways to Customize Colors
1. Use individual retrofit cords and bulbs. We carry a ton of traditional C7 and C9 bulbs and have cords
with green and white wire that you can purchase to make your own sets.
You can purchase new stringer wire or if you have your own from prior seasons, you can retrofit C7 or C9 bulbs in new colors into the strand.
You can even choose LED bulbs
as well. Nice thing is, not only can you choose traditional C7 or C9, you can also find LED versions is different diameters of round shape as well. (That's G30, G40 and G50.) Round light bulbs are a great accent for parties and restaurants.
So, you can choose your colors, grab a cup of coffee and install them in any color combination or pattern that you like.
2. For mini lights and pre-wire LED sets, you can purchase sets in your favorite colors and offset them. I'd go with 6 inch spacing and offset them by 3 inches. That means you might have a green and a red bulb every 3 inches. You can take this approach as you outline objects.
Or you can run the strings individually on your Christmas tree and start the light installation at different places on the tree and wind them up about 6 inches apart. Very lovely. Or you can intentionally mix the lights on your tree.