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Lights Buying Guide

Boost the twinkle and sparkle both outdoors and indoors with an update and upgrade of your holiday lights this season. There are lights that add color, lights that dress up focal points, and lights that burn less energy, as well as control methods that make the whole system easier and less time-consuming to manage. Get ready to turn up the shine with our holiday lights buying guide.

Types of Lights

Types of Lights

What would a Christmas tree be without twinkling lights? Or a front-yard bush without a net of multicolor lights? While undecorated trees and bushes look just fine, they have certain panache and impact thanks to festive holiday decorating schemes—particularly the addition of lights. Fortunately, new designs and the latest technologies have brought updates to holiday lights that help to save money, add flexibility, and boost holiday cheer. Check out the newest types of lights—blue lights, icicle lights, indoor lights, LED lights, neon lights, outdoor lights, solar lights, tree lights, and white lights—and combine them with controllers and lightbulbs for a convenient, charming addition to holiday spaces.

Blue Lights

Blue lights for the holidays come in all shapes and sizes, including miniature and retro bulb shapes. Their distinguishing characteristic is their beautiful blue cast, which offers a lovely complement to many color schemes, such as silver and white.

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1000bulbs.com

Part No. 13MM-BL-18KIT - Voltage 120 - Bulbs Per Foot 11 - Chasing No - Dimmable Yes - Flashable Yes - Life Hours 25000 - Maximum ...Run 150 ft. 8 Strands - Watts Per Foot 4 - UL Listed Indoor/Outdoor - read more

HLS
$3.49 $4.54
at 1000Bulbs.com

Part No. 3-35-BLU-G - Wattage 14 Watt - Bulbs Per String 35 - Bulb Color Blue - Bulb Spacing 3 in. - Connection Stackable Male Plu...g - Lighted Length 8.5 ft. - Max. Connections 14 Sets - Wire Color Green - Wire Gauge 22 AWG - UL Listed Indoor/Outdoor - read more

HLS
HLS
$4.49 $5.84
at 1000Bulbs.com

Part No. 2.5-50-BLU-G - Wattage 20 Watt - Bulbs Per String 50 - Bulb Color Blue - Bulb Spacing 2.5 in. - Connection Male to Female... - Tail Length 2.5 in. - Max. Connections 10 Sets - Wire Color Green - Wire Gauge 22 AWG - UL Listed Indoor/Outdoor - read more

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HLS
$4.49 $5.84
at 1000Bulbs.com

Part No. 2.5-50-BLU-W - Wattage 20 Watt - Bulbs Per String 50 - Bulb Color Blue - Bulb Spacing 2.5 in. - Connection Male to Female... - Lighted Length 10.2 ft. - Max. Connections 10 Sets - Wire Color White - Wire Gauge 22 AWG - UL Listed Indoor/Outdoor - read more

HLS

Icicle Lights

Relatively new additions to holiday lighting, icicle lights feature short strands of varying lengths hanging off a long strand of lights. They are commonly used on eaves and mantels.

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HLS
$10.99 $14.29
at 1000Bulbs.com

Wattage 61 Watt - Bulbs Per String 150 - Bulb Color Clear - Drop Lengths 12 in./18 in./24 in. - Number of Drops 27 - Wire Color Gr...een - Wire Gauge 22 AWG - UL Listed Indoor/Outdoor - read more

HLS
SHL

Wattage 4.8 Watt - Bulbs Per String 105 - Bulb Color Warm White - Bulb Type LED - Drop Lengths 18 in./15 in./9 in./18 in./15 in./6... in. - Lighted Width 12 ft. - Wire Color White - Wire Gauge 20 AWG - UL Listed Indoor/Outdoor - read more

SHL
HLS

Wattage 4.8 Watt - Bulbs Per String 70 - Bulb Color Blue - Bulb Type LED - Drop Lengths 9 in./15 in./18 in. - Lighted Width 7 ft. ...- Number of Drops 15 - Wire Color White - Wire Gauge 22 AWG - UL Listed Indoor/Outdoor - read more

HLS
SHL
$38.00 $49.40
at 1000Bulbs.com

Wattage 4.8 Watt - Bulbs Per String 105 - Bulb Color Warm White - Bulb Type LED - Drop Lengths 18 in./15 in./9 in./18 in./15 in./6... in. - Lighted Width 12 ft. - Wire Color White - Wire Gauge 20 AWG - UL Listed Indoor/Outdoor - read more

SHL

Indoor Lights

Certain lights are safety-rated for indoor use only. Check the label carefully, and use lights only where indicated.

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Vickerman
$69.99
at Target

Find seasonal and string lights at Target.com! Add wintery beauty to your fireplace mantle, bookshelves or windows with these led ...teardrop lights. The lights are for indoor use only and work well in a holiday centerpiece or on your christmas tree. read more

Vickerman
$69.99
at Target

Find seasonal and string lights at Target.com! Add color to your fireplace mantle, bookshelves or windows with these led teardrop ...lights. The lights are for indoor use only and work well in a holiday centerpiece or on your christmas tree. read more

Vickerman
$69.99
at Target

Find seasonal and string lights at Target.com! Add color to your fireplace mantle, bookshelves or windows with these led teardrop ...lights. The lights are for indoor use only and work well in a holiday centerpiece or on your christmas tree. read more

LED Lights

LED holiday lights are powered by super-efficient, super-small, super-white bulbs that last longer than standard lights and consume less energy. Multicolor LED lights are also available.

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eFavorMart

Specs: 100 lights / package. Length: 100 lights = 22ft Connection: Can connect up to 3 sets together. Misc: UL Approved, extra bul...k & fuse included with each 100 light package. If 1 light burns out, remaining will continue working. 120V required. If... read more

SUPERNIGHT

Color: 3M-Yellow - Yellow Silver Light String Flexible LED Copper String for Fantastic Mini LED String Lights Festival LED Gifts C...reative LED Lights String - About the silver starry starry led light: --> Light color: Yellow --> 30 LEDs on 3m silver string wire --> The LED silver string light is safe power-saving and eco-friendly --> 3x AA batteries powered silver starry light flexible and easy to store --> Made of high-quality material the string light has high brightness low radiation and no pollution --> Decoration on tent car bicycle weddings party festival floral arrangements flowers trees etcApplication: --> Outdoor and indoor decoration light --> Decoration on tent car bicycle weddings party festival floral arrangements --> Light up your holiday party with the colorful flashing string lights --> Hang a strand of lights around trees and turn any occasion into an instant party --> Ideal for declare your party home shop and Christmas day --> Decorating flowers and treesPackage includes: --> 1x SUPERNIGHT(TM) 3m 30 LEDs 3x AA operated Battery LED Silver String Light(batteries are not included) read more

BOC%20Select

Use these Deco Lights for all your decorating jobs! This string of 35 soft white LED lights can be set to steady burn or twinkling... depending on your project. With their automatic timer these lights burn for 6 hours and shut off for 18. Simply add 4 AA... read more

LSE Lighting

Product Type Light Emitting Diode (LED)ANSI NoAverage Life 60000Base Cand.Beam Spread NoBulb C7Center Beam Candle Power (CBCP) NoC...olor Temperature NoColor Rendering Index (CRI) NoInitial Lumens NoMercury Content (mg) 0Maximum Overal Length 1.30"Operating Position UPackage Quantity 10/200UPC Code 807154805020Voltages 120Wattage    096 read more

Neon Lights

Neon holiday lights are just that: Lights that throw off colors in neon-bright hues. These work particularly well in retro-inspired holiday rooms.

Outdoor Lights

Outdoor lights are rated as such because they are able to endure conditions outside—wet, cold—and still work safely.

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Britestar
$168.18
at Target

Find outdoor lights at Target.com! The 3-D angel announces christmas with her trumpet. She stands 48" tall and is made of opalesce...nt swirl twist construction, with 140 twinkling mini lights. truly an icon of the season, she turns her head from side to side. with a 60" lead ord, ul listed. Pefect indoor/outdoor use. read more

Frontgate

The Set of Five Outdoor LED Light Drops trims your residence or workplace with brilliant illumination and an eye-catching "shower"... effect. Magical and bright, the commercial-quality light drops are durably crafted to endure winter and tropical weather. You'll need one Light Drop Cord, sold separately, to hang each set. Outdoor or indoor holiday display . Works with C-9 cord; sold separately . Lighted, animated drops appear as if "dripping" . C-9 base LEDs encased in fade- and damage-resistant housing . 120V . read more

BOC%20Select

Battery operated Christmas light set. 50 White LED outdoor string lights have a heavy waterproof battery pack for outside use. Hou...sing 3 "D" Cell batteries, this outdoor string light gives you a full season of use without having to change the... read more

Philips
$29.99
at Target

Find seasonal and string lights at Target.com! Light up your home on holidays or other special days with philips' heavy-duty mini ...lights.â these bright mini lights can be used for both exterior and interior decorations. You can string them along your doorway, on the mantle or in your garden. These light bulbs are energy efficient and can be connected end to end. Philips clear mini lights with green wire can be easily hidden in shrubbery for a dazzling effect.â the string consists of 400 clear mini bulbs which provides you with 132.6 of light. read more

Solar Lights

Solar lights capture the sun's energy during the day and use it at nighttime to power the lights. How much energy they have (and thus how long they burn) depends in large part on your location and weather conditions.

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Dream Products

Create An Instant Candy Cane Lane. Have the merriest holiday decorations on your block...effortlessly. Easy cordless solar ligh...ts in cheerful candy cane stripes stake easily into the ground to light up driveway, walkway or garden borders. Each stands about 13” high. read more

DG

It's time to light the path to holiday cheer with this 6 pack of Solar LED Christmas Pathway Lights. These lights are festive and ...easy to install (no wiring). The solar sensor turns off the lights off during the day, and they automatically turn back on... read more

DG
Solaration

This beautiful 3D snowflake solar LED post light adds accent touches to your garden in the day and evening. One of the most exciti...ng lighting concepts for your garden/landscape decoration in Christmas. Also features solar panel that harnesses the sun's energy, on-board rechargeable battery, super bright LED and stainless steel rod. Runs up to 8 hours after a charge of full sun a day. read more

Solar Wholesale

This self-sustained solar lights decorate the tree, patio, deck and roof in the day, and glows in the evening. 10 pcs of 2.5' diam...eter mini lanterns covers 6 yard long lighting distance in a chain. Powerful solar panel and built-in-rechargeable Ni-MH battery collects free solar energy for evening use. Enjoy these beautiful white mini soji lanterns all seasons besides Christmas. *Be aware: this product requires assembly work. The fabric lantern need to be put up on its LED light holder. read more

Tree Lights

Many types of holiday lights can be used as tree lights. Traditional versions are single bulbs along a long strand, with a connector often located at one end to join another strand if needed.

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Lamps Plus
$199.95 $299.99
at Lamps Plus

Brighten your decor with this beautiful torchiere floor lamp design with four tiers of glass shades. This is a beautiful torchiere... floor lamp design, perfect for bringing light to a dark seating area or room corner. Inspired by classic Arts and Crafts lighting designs, the unique look features four stems of various heights topped with square-sided white glass. Comes with an on-off foot switch. read more

CAL Lighting

Add flexible lighting to the bedroom or home office with this white floor lamp with an individually adjustable 3-light design. Get... flexible with this three-light adjustable tree floor lamp. Each lamp swivels to allow you to concentrate the light just where you need it for reading or other tasks. On/off knobs on each light. read more

Stacy Garcia

Create some drama with this energy saving flush mount light with patterned shade by Stacy Garcia. This stylish, energy-efficient f...lushmount fixture features a custom made giclee style shade with a pattern printed on high-quality canvas. An acrylic diffuser at the bottom prevents glare from the two included CFL bulbs. The canopy and accents are in a brushed nickel finish. U.S. Patent # 7,347,593. read more

Giclee Gallery

An energy efficient flushmount ceiling light with a giclee canvas shade. This stylish, energy-efficient flushmount fixture feature...s a custom-made giclee style shade with a pattern printed on high-quality canvas. An acrylic diffuser at the bottom prevents glare from the two included CFL bulbs. The canopy and accents are in a bronze finish. The giclee shade is made to order. U.S. Patent # 7,347,593. read more

White Lights

Adaptable to a variety of decorating schemes from traditional to contemporary, white lights are a popular holiday choice. They, too, come in a variety of bulb sizes, from miniature to round and tapered.

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Bronners.com

For decades trees wreaths and rooflines have displayed Christmas lights to the de-light-ment of family members and neighbors a...like! Transform your home for seasons to come with this virtually indestructible set of 50 energy efficient warm white LED lights that use up to 98% less energy than traditional incandescent lights. Light set features include: Water weather and break-resistant bulbs that stay cool to the touch. 17' of total white cord length (16.33' lighted length.) 5 lead cord length 5 tail cord length. 50 rectified/conical shaped warm white LED bulbs. 4 spacing between lights.End-to-end construction. UL listed. For indoor or outdoor use. read more

Britestar
$39.99
at Sears

This lightset includes 300 clear colored, commercial grade Christmas lights. These lights are strung on green wire and have an 18"... lead cord, 5.25" spacing in between bulbs and a 6' end cord. Replacement bulbs and fuses included. These commercial grade lights feature socket lock, which means bulbs won't fall out of their sockets. UL listed. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Made from PVC, metal and glass. Made in China. read more

Garden Fun
$39.99 $44.99
at GardenFun.com

Get ready to watch each evening become instantly festive with our newest Solar String Lights - 10 piece White Mini Lanterns! Deli...ghtful decor during the day, and then with surprise watch as these lights turn themselves on when darkness falls, for an inspiring glow night after night. Unlike paper lanterns, these solar string lights are created from nylon and powered by the sun for year round use outdoors. Experience limitless flexibility and versatility. No need to worry about electricity costs, wires to run, outlets or extension cords. Just place the solar collector in direct sunlight and let the solar string lights do all the work. Each set comes with 10 White Nylon string light lanterns with white LED lights and a solar collector with positioning ground stake with light sensor. Also, unlike some cheap knock-offs in the marketplace (that come w/flimsy 2" lanterns & short 5 foot cords), our premium set includes beautiful round 3" lanterns with plenty of length for real use! You get 24" of strand between each light, and another 15 feet of cord between the solar panel and the first light which gives you over 30 feet in length to work with! These solar outdoor string lights are perfect of any garden location. Charges automatically when the sun comes out, and turns on by themselves at night. Great as party string lights, for use in celebrations and remote weddings, railings, tree houses, roof lines and walk-ways, and any other hard to reach areas where power was a problem. Great for Parties, Special Occasions, Christmas, and Other Holidays. Use for Walkways, Low Level Safety Lighting, Outdoor Railings, Outdoor Christmas Trees, Shrubs, Patios, Gates, Decks and more! These decorative and festive solar light strings can you be used in unlimited ways! Also available in our bold and festive Colorful String Light - Mini Lantern version! Additional Info: Solar String Lights - 10 Mini White Lanterns. High quality solar panel w/ auto-sensor cell technology. Charges in the day, illuminates night after night. Super durable Nylon Lanterns with White LED lights. 15 Feet of starting slack, 24" between lights, 33' of total length. Great for lighting your gardens & adds fun to any outdoor setting! read more

Controllers

Light controllers enable you to turn lights on and off at predetermined times. This can help to conserve energy or brighten a house at nighttime before you're able to return home.

Lightbulbs

Single bulbs may burn out on strands of lights; replacement lightbulbs can remedy this. Most strands of lights come with a few extra lightbulbs, but replacement kits are also available.

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Product Features

Product Features

Lights that are intended to be draped around a tree may need to have different features that those that you'll use to decorate a mantel or bush. In fact, your holiday lights may not be interchangeable based on use—or you may want a single, consistent illumination for all your holiday decorating. Whatever the case, review the different product features available to ensure you get the most satisfaction from your holiday lights. Those include bulb style, strand length, cord color, and cord ends. Here's a quick overview.

Bulb Style

Holiday lights vary in bulb style, from small mini lights that are mere dots of illumination, to round bulbs available in several different sizes, to bulbs that are wider at the bottom and tapered at the top for a retro-style look.

Strand Length

Holiday lights come in a range of strand lengths, starting at just a few feet and upward. For spots such as a mantel that may not need much length, look into purchasing a shorter strand.

Cord Color

Standard cord colors are white or green; what you intend to use the lights for, and how much you want the lights to blend in or stand out, should determine the cord color.

Cord Ends

Cords may terminate in a bulb, or they may end with a connector that enables you to string together one cord to another.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Holiday lights are a wonderfully accessible element of holiday decorating, able to dress up the smallest apartment and the largest home. Even if you don't have a tree, you can have a strand of lights draped around a window or wrapped around a wreath. Once you've decided on the type of lights that will best meet your holiday needs, you'll also want to review a few purchase considerations that will affect how many and what type of holiday lights you purchase. Those include cost as well as care and storage. Here's a short overview of buying considerations.

Cost

The product features for the lights you choose, as well as the type of lights, will affect the cost. Historically, LED lights have been more expensive, but with the growing availability of this option, the cost for them has come down dramatically.

Care and Storage

Holiday lights need care to ensure they last as long as possible, including regular inspection of cord condition and proper storage in a closed container that's placed in a cool, dry, dark location, such as a basement or garage.

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Vickerman
$778.59 $1,098.42
at eLightBulbs

Vickerman 12' x 78" - Grand Teton - Half - 1,949 Tips - 800 Clear DuraLit Miniature Lights | Vickerman Pre-Lit Christmas Tree (Inc...ludes On / Off Foot Switch) (12' x 78" Grand Teton Half Tree 800CL (G125391) 27560) read more

Vickerman 27560 - 12' x 78" Grand Teton Half Tree 800 Clear Lights Christmas Tree (G125391)
Brookstone
$42.70 $61.00
at Stage Stores

This 24 Norwood Fir Wreath is the perfect decoration for your doorway. Our Wreath is decorated with 50 clear or multi colored ligh...ts, is perfect for indoor or outdoor use and is fire-resistant and non-allergenic, so it's safe and will be a perfect fit for any home. Dimensions: 24L x 24W x 24H read more

Brookstone Multi Color Lights Pre-lit Outdoor Christmas Decorations-Norwood Fir Wreath
National Tree Company
$42.70 $61.00
at Stage Stores

This 24 Pre-Lit Kincaid Spruce Wreath is the perfect decoration for your doorway. Our Wreath is decorated with 50 UL listed, pre-s...trung clear or multi colored lights, a tip count of 140 and is perfect for indoor or outdoor use. It's also fire-resistant and non-allergenic, so will be a perfect fit for any home. Dimensions: 24L x 24W x 24H read more

Company Multi Colored Lights Pre-Lit Kincaid Spruce Christmas Wreath
Brookstone
$56.70 $81.00
at Stage Stores

This 24 Norwood Fir Wreath is the perfect decoration for your doorway. Our Wreath is decorated with 50 clear or multi colored ligh...ts, is perfect for indoor or outdoor use and is fire-resistant and non-allergenic, so it's safe and will be a perfect fit for any home. Dimensions: 24L x 24W x 24H read more

Brookstone Clear Lights Pre-lit Outdoor Christmas Decorations-Norwood Fir Wreath
Polymer Products
$73.99 $124.99
at Hayneedle

Shop for Decorative String Light Sets (Not Holiday or Seasonal Decor) from Hayneedle.com! On trend and with a clean, modern look, ...string lights are an easy way to add flair and fun to your outdoor decor. Light up the outdoors with this... read more

Polymer Products LLC Prizmatic Globe String Light Set - White / Clear - 1622-00515-PRE
National Tree Company
$1,098.99 $1,439.99
at Wayfair

Add some winter when you want it! This 8.5' Wintry Pine Archway with Cones, Red Berries and Snowflakes in Fiberglass Pots is a per...fectly illuminating decoration for any occasion, with 900 clear lights that will light up any room wonderfully. With 2,316 tips on this arch, you will have more than enough space to hang plenty of decorations. This fire-resistant and non-allergenic decoration will be a perfect fit for any home. Measures 8.5' high with 9' width. Good for indoor or outdoor use. Pre-lit with 900 UL-listed, pre-strung clear lights. A special BULB-LOCK system keeps your bulbs from falling out, and if one goes out the rest will stay lit. Includes spare bulbs and fuses. Features a 5-year warranty/2-year lights warranty. Packed in a reusable storage carton. Assembly instructions included. Tip count: 2,316 read more

Company 8.5' Christmas Archway with Cones, Red Berries, and Snowflakes with Clear Lights
Westinghouse Radiant
$10.24 $13.31
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Brand Westinghouse Radiant - Part No. ODHOLREMOTEGRN - Maximum Wattage 1000 Watt - Voltage 125 - Amperage 8 Amps - Color Green - L...ength 6 in. - Number of Outlets 1 - Wire Gauge 18 AWG - Wire Type SJTW-3 - UL Listed Indoor/Outdoor - read more

Wireless Controller for Christmas Lights - Outdoor Rated - On/Off Remote Control - Single Outle...
HLS
$5.44 $7.07
at 1000Bulbs.com

Part No. C9OWH - Voltage 130 - Bulb Color Opaque White - Base Type Intermediate E17 - Length 3 in. - Diameter 1.125 in. - UL Liste...d Indoor/Outdoor - Package Quantity 25 - read more

25 Pack - C9 - Opaque White - 7 Watt - Christmas Light Replacement Bulbs - Intermediate Base - ...
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Flipo
$21.00 $49.95
at Opentip

Manufacturer Part Number: W-SOL-100LED-TRWBShow your Patriotic Spirit through the Holidays and all year long with Solar Red White ...and Blue Rope Light from Flipo.  Solar Rope Lighting is the perfect accent for sidewalks, windows, deck railings, gazebos and more.  Support our troops with Solar Red White and Blue Rope Lights.  They look great wrapped around a flag pole.  Our solar read more

Flipo SOL-100LED-TRWB Red White and Blue 100 Solar Rope Lights
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