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Christmas Lights: Types, Tips, and Ideas
Almost everyone loves Christmas lights. Tips, tricks, and ideas can inspire your creativity and help you create a unique Christmas light display both in and outside your home.
In any given neighborhood in the United States you will find numerous examples of Christmas light displays popping up during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Depending on the area of the country, the neighborhood, and the people involved you may see everything from lavish displays with thousands of twinkling lights to a single conservative string along the eaves of the house. With Christmas lights there is no real right or wrong, and you are only limited by your imagination, you budget, and your personal restraint.
While the use of candles and lights predates the Christian celebration of Christmas, they have been embraced by Christians everywhere during the Holiday season to represent the birth of Christ, the Light of the World. Whether used on the family tree, or in an intricate design in the yard Christmas lights are a tradition that is enthusiastically embraced year after year.
Choose the Type of Light
There are a number of types of lights to choose from. Some of these include:
Some lights have many bulbs on the same wire and if one goes out they all go out. Others, often more expensive, are designed to continue to work when one light goes out. While the second type is more expensive it does save time and frustration especially if you use a lot of holiday light decorations.
Look for light strings that have a male plug at one end and a female receptacle at the other. This makes it much more convenient to create long strings for larger trees and roof lines.
About LED Christmas Lights
LED Christmas lights use much less electricity and last longer than the mini lights that have been used for the past 30 years. They are initially more expensive than the mini-lights but since they last so much longer and save money on electric bills they are more frugal over all. Other benefits include:
They will last up to 100,000 hours
90 percent more energy efficient
Almost impossible to break
Cool to the touch
If you want to do a large light display LED lights are the best way to go.
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Tips and Ideas for Decorating with Christmas Lights
There always seems to be a house or two in every neighborhood that creates incredible Christmas displays. It can be your house if you follow these tips.
Start looking in magazines and on the Internet for images that you like. Print them off or tear them out and keep a file. After you have acquired several begin to really look at them. What is it about each picture that you like? Are the lights colored? White? Icicle? Try to find a pattern.
Take a good look at your house from the sidewalk or the middle of the street (watch out for cars!) What kind of look does it have? Try to keep your Christmas décor in the same style as your home. A contemporary style home will look great with contemporary décor but a country home would look silly.
Consider your budget. The more lights you have the higher your electric bill will be.
Vary the heights and direction (horizontal or vertical) of your lights for interest.
Have a barn or shed? Outline it with lights, too.
Don't just light the roof line; consider the windows, porch steps, railings, and any architectural feature you want to highlight.
Use scalloped net lights along a porch railing
Hang icicle lights inside the windows
Use stakes to run chaser lights along your driveway or the walkway to your front door
The roof is the foundation of your Christmas light display. Get that first and then decide how much more you want to use.
For a serene look, especially on a vintage our country home, use white lights.
Christmas is a great time to indulge your inner child and create as much magic and whimsy as you want to.