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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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Christmas Lights Etc

Brighten up your home this Christmas with some LED string lights. These amazing LED lights are perfect for accentuating the beauty... of your home, inside or out. read more

Globe Electric
$2.00 $5.98
at Lumesty

This incandescent light bulb is Blue colored, providing warm and colorful ambiance to any room This 25 watt incandescent light bul...b has a lifespan of 1000 hours reducing the need for frequent bulb replacements. This incandescent A-Type light bulb is ideal for general household use in lamps, ceiling fixtures, and wall sconces. This incandescent E26 Medium base light bulb is dimmable to add desired mood and ambiance, specially for Christmas decorations. read more

HLS
$3.49 $4.54
at 1000Bulbs.com

Part No. 3-35-BLU-G - Wattage 14 Watt - Bulb Spacing 3 in. - Connection Stackable Male Plug - Lead Length 36 in. - Lighted Length ...8.5 ft. - Max. Connections 14 Sets - Wire Gauge 22 AWG - UL Listed Indoor/Outdoor - read more

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HLS
$6.99 $9.09
at 1000Bulbs.com

Part No. 2.5-100-BLU-G - Wattage 40 Watt - Connection Male to Female - Lead Length 2.5 in. - Lighted Length 20.625 ft. - Tail Leng...th 2.5 in. - Max. Connections 5 Sets - Wire Gauge 22 AWG - UL Listed Indoor/Outdoor - read more

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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
$12.00 $15.60
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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Flipo
$64.99 $84.99
at Hayneedle

Shop for Holiday Ornaments and Decor from Hayneedle.com! About Flipo GroupAnyone can imitate; a select few innovate. Located in La... Salle Ill. Flipo Group offers a wide variety of products ranging from decorative home accents to solar products and... read more

EagleLight

==2W LED Candelabra Bulb or LED Flame Light Bulb==This 2 watt LED candelabra light bulb is available in a warm white brightness an...d fits into a standard US Candelabra base, technically know as a E12 base, also known as an LED flame light bulb. It provides great lighting for such a small size. There are 24 bright LEDs enclosed in a crystal clear bulb. These bulbs are great for accent, and mood lighting. Because of its shape this bulb is often called a torpedo LED bulb, and is often found in chandeliers. The LED candelabra bulb fits perfectly into E12 or candelabra lamp sockets.==Names of this LED Chandelier Light Bulb==The Candelabra light bulb is also know as the:* Torpedo light bulb* Flame light bulb* Chandelier light bulb* Night light bulb* Holiday light bulb or Christmas light bulb read more

Christmas Lights Etc

Brighten up your house this Christmas with some LED string lights. These Holiday Lights feature C9 LED bulbs that are perfect for ...decorating your home, inside and out. read more

Christmas Lights Etc

Brighten up your home this Christmas with some LED string lights. These amazing LED lights are perfect for accentuating the beauty... of your home, inside or out. 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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GENERIC BRAND

Cuttable Every 3 Feet (At Marked Intervals) Crystal Clear PVC Tubing for Durable Use and Brighter Easily to Bend into Any Shape Hi...gh Flexibility, Temperature Sustainability, and UV Resistance UL Listed and CE, GS, ROHS Certifications 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

miniintheBox

Plug Type:EU; Voltage (V):AC220; LED Quantity:52; Light Color:RGB; Length (m):9; Feature:Color-Changing; Package Content:1 Strip L...ight; Type:String Lights,RGB Strip Lights 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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Flipo
$64.99 $84.99
at Hayneedle

Shop for Holiday Ornaments and Decor from Hayneedle.com! About Flipo GroupAnyone can imitate; a select few innovate. Located in La... Salle Ill. Flipo Group offers a wide variety of products ranging from decorative home accents to solar products and... read more

AGPtek

No wiring needed, powered by solar energy. The LED light can keep glowing for about 8 hours a night after fully charged during the... day, it is waterproof and suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Great for Christmas, party or other celebration occasions.Larger Solar Panel, easy to use, no hassle lighting. 60 LED at 15cm spacing. The Auto sensor controls lighting and recharging. Charging time in sunshine: more than 6 hours. [Note]: Panel must be covered to turn on the light.(Once the panel was covered and the full charged light will be turned on automatically.) read more

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

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

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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Crate & Barrel

The sculptural beauty of lustrous succulent plants is realistically handcrafted for year-round use. Each faux plant is potted in a... concrete pot. -Plastic -Terra cotta pot -Made in China 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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AGPtek

No wiring needed, powered by solar energy. The LED light can keep glowing for about 8 hours a night after fully charged during the... day, it is waterproof and suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Great for Christmas, party or other celebration occasions.Larger Solar Panel, easy to use, no hassle lighting. 60 LED at 15cm spacing. The Auto sensor controls lighting and recharging. Charging time in sunshine: more than 6 hours. [Note]: Panel must be covered to turn on the light.(Once the panel was covered and the full charged light will be turned on automatically.) read more

EagleLight

==2W LED Candelabra Bulb or LED Flame Light Bulb==This 2 watt LED candelabra light bulb is available in a warm white brightness an...d fits into a standard US Candelabra base, technically know as a E12 base, also known as an LED flame light bulb. It provides great lighting for such a small size. There are 24 bright LEDs enclosed in a crystal clear bulb. These bulbs are great for accent, and mood lighting. Because of its shape this bulb is often called a torpedo LED bulb, and is often found in chandeliers. The LED candelabra bulb fits perfectly into E12 or candelabra lamp sockets.==Names of this LED Chandelier Light Bulb==The Candelabra light bulb is also know as the:* Torpedo light bulb* Flame light bulb* Chandelier light bulb* Night light bulb* Holiday light bulb or Christmas light bulb read more

Christmas Lights Etc

Brighten up your house this Christmas with some LED string lights. These Holiday Lights feature C9 LED bulbs that are perfect for ...decorating your home, inside and out. 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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Sienna

Product Features: Finish: opaque Color: purple (slightly pinkish when lit) Size: C7 (candelabra base) UL approved for indoor/outdo...or use Glass bulbs with brass bases 120 volts, 5 watts Item:30895668 read more

Sienna

Christmas Replacement Bulbs Item #UTRYL211 Product Features: Finish: transparent Color: multi (red, blue, orange and green) Size: ...C9 (intermediate base) UL approved for indoor/outdoor use 120 volts, 7 watts Glass bulbs with brass bases Item:30895652 read more

Sienna

Christmas Replacement Bulbs Item #UYRYLE11 Product Features: Finish: transparent Color: amber Size: C7 (candelabra base) UL approv...ed for indoor/outdoor use 120 volts, 5 watts Glass bulbs with brass bases Item:30895662 read more

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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Globe Electric
$2.00 $5.98
at Lumesty

This incandescent light bulb is Blue colored, providing warm and colorful ambiance to any room This 25 watt incandescent light bul...b has a lifespan of 1000 hours reducing the need for frequent bulb replacements. This incandescent A-Type light bulb is ideal for general household use in lamps, ceiling fixtures, and wall sconces. This incandescent E26 Medium base light bulb is dimmable to add desired mood and ambiance, specially for Christmas decorations. read more

25 watt A19 Incandescent Light Bulb, E26 Base, Blue
Flipo
$64.99 $84.99
at Hayneedle

Shop for Holiday Ornaments and Decor from Hayneedle.com! About Flipo GroupAnyone can imitate; a select few innovate. Located in La... Salle Ill. Flipo Group offers a wide variety of products ranging from decorative home accents to solar products and... read more

100 LED Solar Rope Decorative Lights - SOL-100LED-T-W
Brookstone
$36.60 $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
$36.60 $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
Christmas Lights Etc

Show off your Christmas Cheer and decorate your yard with some LED string lights. These Green LED lights are perfect for lighting ...up your garden as the snowflakes start to fall. read more

C7 LED String Light - 25 Green LEDs - 17.3 ft with Green Wire
Polymer Products
$73.99 $120.78
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Voltage 120 - Bulbs Included No - Total String Length 38 ft. - Made in USA Yes - Maximum Wattage 60 Watts per Socket - Socket Type... Medium E26 - UL Listed Wet Locations - read more

(10 Globe) Patio Christmas Light String 38 ft. - Smooth Acrylic 6 in. White Globes
National Tree Company
$1,099.99 $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
HLS
$5.44 $7.07
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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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