Outdoor Christmas Lights

Decorating your yard for the holidays

Outdoor Christmas lights are an excellent way to decorate your house and yard during the holidays. With so many colors and styles, the options for creating your “winter wonderland” are endless.

Christmas C7 and C9 lights are the original outdoor Christmas lights. Their continued popularity is due to their durable, long bulb life and the wide array of bulb colors and textures. Christmas light strings can be purchased as a set of 25 lights and you can attach up to 6 strings together (150 lights). Xmas bulbs can be transparent, opaque or faceted to better reflect the light and twinkle. C7 and C9 lights are best used on the house or garage and coniferous (evergreen) trees.

LED Christmas lights save approximately 80% in electricity reducing your holiday energy costs over C7 or C9 lights. The cost savings are just one reason for the growing popularity of LED Christmas lights. Its long bulb life is another; on average LED lights last up to 50,000 hours! Also, if one of the bulbs on the string burns out, the others will remain lit - yet another bonus of LED lights. Finally LED lights come in a wide array of colors and textures and illuminate with a unique, vivid glow.

Mini Christmas lights are inexpensive to buy and power, thanks to 1.5 or 2.5 volt bulbs. Xmas Mini lights are available in 50, 100, 150 and 200 light strings. The maximum recommended number of lights in a continual connected string is 350 to 400 lights. Mini lights are better suited to deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves) and smaller shrubbery.

Christmas Rope lights are small lights enclosed within a rope of transparent plastic tubing. Christmas Rope lights are generally sold by the foot; with the average being a 150 foot roll. Homeowners can choose between steady ropes or chasing ropes. With a steady rope the Christmas lights glow at a constant rate; chasing ropes feature Christmas lights that 'chase' each other along the rope and lights that blink to pre-set patterns. Xmas Rope lights are ideal for trimming windows, doors and railings or outlining an entire building.

Christmas Net lights are great for blanketing bushes and trees with hundreds of mini lights at once. Simply lay the net over bushes or wrap it around tree trunks. Most Xmas net lights come with 150 lights, for a net 24 feet in size. Christmas net lights make it easy to create uniform illumination in those hard-to-light areas.

Christmas Icicle lights are meant to replicate the look of icicles hanging from the eaves troughs. These lights come in a strand of 100 or 150 lights, usually in clear, white or pale blue bulbs. Most Christmas icicle lights have blinking capabilities to create the illusion that the icicles are melting. Hang icicle lights from the eaves trough gutters, railings or fences.

Christmas Spotlights are used to highlight trees, wreaths, decorations, windows or doors. Spotlight bulbs can be white, clear or colored, with the most popular colors being red, green and blue. Strategically placed spotlights can provide dramatic contrast against the night landscape.

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