Christmas Lights: Which Type of Lighting Should You Use?
The time of year is upon us again, and you will probably be thinking about
putting up your Christmas lights. Santa's Grottos are appearing all over town,
and you want to get into the festive spirit as well. Christmas lights have been
around for generations and they are an important part of the celebrations
across the world. But which lights should you use? What are the different
types of lights available? Here's a guide to what you need to know.
Indoor and Outdoor Lights
The first thing you need to consider is whether you want to use indoor or
outdoor lights. When you buy your Christmas lights, always check the box or
ask the retailer because some are only suitable for one or the other.
For example, indoor lights may not be designed to put up with the harsh
winter weather, whereas outdoor lights may be hotter, making them too
dangerous to use inside.
LEDs may be a more modern approach to Christmas lighting, but they have
numerous advantages over other lights, making them one of the most
popular options. LEDs come in multiple colours, they can be flashing or have
other effects, and they can be suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
They are much longer lasting than incandescent bulbs, so they can work out
cheaper over time even though they are often more expensive initially. You
also don't have to worry about one bulb burning out and stopping all the other
lights from working. LED lights tend to be durable and long lasting, and they
are also energy efficient and therefore better for the environment.
On the other hand, they do not tend to be quite as bright as other types of
lights. You may also feel that they are not as traditional, so these are factors
Incandescent bulbs come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and colours,
and they can be used to create various effects for your Christmas lighting.
They do not emit too much heat, so they are often considered a safe
option to use indoors.
However, they are not as bright as some other lights, and if one burns out, the
whole string will stop working, which can be a hassle. For that reason many
people have switched from incandescent to LEDs these days.
C7 and C9 Lights
C7 and C9 lights have been used for generations as the main form of
Christmas lighting, and they are still a popular choice during the festive
period. They can be white or multi-coloured, and they are often seen as the
most traditional type of lights.
They are very bright and long lasting, and you can customise your displays
by creating different coloured strings of lights. They are made of glass, so you
have to look after them to prevent them from breaking.
Solar lights may be the ideal choice for your outdoor Christmas lighting. Apart
from using clean power from the sun, they have another major benefit in that
you can use them anywhere without having to worry about plugging them in
or using extension cords, which can allow you to get creative in the garden or
inside the home. You also don't have to worry about a power cut affecting
your Christmas display.
Choose Your Christmas Lights
These are the main types of Christmas lights you can choose from, and don't
forget that you also have all the decorative lights as well if you want to fill your
garden with Father Christmas models, reindeer, stars, fairies and anything
else you can think of.
Whether you decide on a minimalist look or to really go for it, make sure you
choose your lights carefully. Consider the pros and cons of each type of light
before you decide which ones to use to light up your home and garden this
year and have a safe and twinkly Christmas