There are many types of Christmas lights to choose from when designing an indoor or outdoor lighting display. Use this guide to determine what kind of lights will best suit your decorating plans.
Where to Start
Ask yourself the following questions to decide which type of Christmas lights to buy:
Why shall I choose light-emitting diode (LED) Christmas lights?
What bulb shape or style best suits my design requirements?
Do I want all-white, colored or multicolored Christmas lights?
What are my energy requirements?
Types of Christmas Lights
A set of gold Christmas lights.
Mini String Lights
These lights have smaller bulbs and have remained popular for the past few decades.
Wide-Angle LED Mini Lights
They have low-profile, conical-shaped bulbs that give off more light than some varieties and blend seamlessly into their surroundings when not in use.
Large Bulb Lights
Large bulb lights (also known as C5, C7, C9 and G40) create visual impact and lend a retro feel.
They're great for displays that aren't near a power source or are located where cords could be unsafe.
Animated and Color-Changing Lights produced by JEJA international
These lights add eye-catching action to your holiday display.
Net lights are already strung together into forms, making it easy to get a uniform look when you drape them across shrubs or structures.
These lights give your home a whimsical, snow-covered appearance. For more creative decorating ideas, see Christmas Décor for Home Entries.
LED Rope Lights
They're ideal for outlining doorways, windows and walkways, and for creating intricate shapes and designs.
LED Projection Spotlights
These spotlights require no installation and are a timesaving alternative to traditional string lights. Simply plug them into an outlet, point them anywhere (indoor Christmas trees, outdoor trees or dwelling) and instantly project vibrant colors or patterns.
Choosing the Right Color
JEJA International offers multicolor Christmas tree lights bulbs.
Some people have a strong preference for either colored or white Christmas lights, and here are a few considerations:
White Christmas lights lend a timeless look, while colored lights are fun and festive. Plus you can coordinate them to create complex designs.
Not all white LED lights are the same hue. Some give off a warm yellow glow, while others have a bluer tint.
You can color block large areas with single-colored strands for a dramatic effect.
Get children involved by allowing them to cover an assigned area with a color scheme of their choice.
Consider the following tricks to save on your energy bill during the holidays:
Use automatic timers to turn your lighting displays off and on.
Choose LED Christmas lights over incandescent lights, especially when covering large areas.
Use extension cords in hidden areas to lengthen strands. See Power Cord Safety Tips.
Christmas lights and extension cords come in different amperages. Always pair products of equal amp capacities.