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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Universal Lighting and Decor
$149.99

This playful table lamp features a darling porcelain bunny base in a blue and white floral print. A rectangular rayon shade with r...ibbing softens the glow of the bulb while providing a linear focal point. A delightful accent lamp to instantly add nature and light to your living space! read more

Universal Lighting and Decor
$149.99

This playful table lamp features a darling porcelain bunny base in a blue and white floral print. A rectangular rayon shade with r...ibbing softens the glow of the bulb while providing a linear focal point. A delightful accent lamp to instantly add nature... read more

World Market
$39.99

String Lights -Decorate with American colors for the 4th of July, the Summer Olympics, block parties and other festive events with... our exclusive red, white and blue string lights. You can connect multiple sets of both our 10-bulb and 30-bulb strings.... read more

Lumens Light + Living
$25.00

The Lumens Gift Card is the perfect gift for your design-loving friends and family... for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and m...ore. Who wouldn't love the opportunity to pick out new lighting, furniture or home accessories? You can choose from any of the standard gift amounts below, or call Customer Service for any custom amount. Redeemable at Lumens Sacramento showroom or Lumens.com. Lumens Light + Living, headquartered in Sacramento, CA, is dedicated to offering savvy consumers the very best in "open-minded modern" design. Lumens lighting, fans and home accessories include everything from the most contemporary international designs to re-interpretations of classic designs for the modern home. read more

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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Unbranded
$20.84

Finally, an icicle light for the perfectionist! This light string set features two light strings with 300 total bulbs, 150 per 13-...foot string light with 54 total icicle drops. Multiple strings can be attached end-to-end for no-hassle decorating both... read more

Noma/Inliten
$14.99

Holiday Wonderland, 2" x 150 Light, Multi Color Bulb Icicle Light Set, White Wire, 24" Lead, 4" Between Strands, 4" E/C, 30 Total ...Strands Per 150 Lights, 2.75" Spacing Between Bulbs On Strands, Bulbs Per Strand, 4 x 6 x 4 x 6 x 4, Mini Box, Total 300 Lights. read more

Winterland
$34.05 $20.03

Christmas at Winterland S-ICM5WW-IW Standard Icicle Lights M5 LED Warm White Faceted 70 Lights White Wire 22 Gauge Decorate your h...ome or business with this string of beautiful M5 mini ice warm white LED icicle lights. 70 non-removable weatherproof... read more

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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Frux Home and Yard
$26.97

Easily Tackle Any Decorating Job, anywhere, anytime and Impress your guests with our magical, extra-long lights. Our extra long, u...ltra bright, warm white, waterproof and flexible copper wire string lights are the perfect lighting solution for indoors and out. EXTRA LONG 47 feet total length SPECIAL BONUS with free AA Battery Adapter and Remote Control that turns the Fairy Star Lights on and off and lets you choose to dim your lights or have them flicker. To order your very own Fairy Star Lights simply click the ADD TO CART button above. The Best Copper Wire LED Lights Or Your Money Back. read more

Lumens Light + Living
$25.00

The Lumens Gift Card is the perfect gift for your design-loving friends and family... for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and m...ore. Who wouldn't love the opportunity to pick out new lighting, furniture or home accessories? You can choose from any of the standard gift amounts below, or call Customer Service for any custom amount. Redeemable at Lumens Sacramento showroom or Lumens.com. Lumens Light + Living, headquartered in Sacramento, CA, is dedicated to offering savvy consumers the very best in "open-minded modern" design. Lumens lighting, fans and home accessories include everything from the most contemporary international designs to re-interpretations of classic designs for the modern home. read more

Kurt Adler
$44.99 $18.00

Brighten and beautify your decor with this sunflower light set by Kurt Adler. : 30-inch cord plugs into any standard wall outlet. ...Light-up design creates a festive glow. : 138-in. length Uses ten 12V incandescent bulbs (included) Plastic/wire Spot clean For indoor & outdoor use Model no. UL4248 Size: One Size. Color: Yellow. 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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Frux Home and Yard
$26.97

Easily Tackle Any Decorating Job, anywhere, anytime and Impress your guests with our magical, extra-long lights. Our extra long, u...ltra bright, warm white, waterproof and flexible copper wire string lights are the perfect lighting solution for indoors and out. EXTRA LONG 47 feet total length SPECIAL BONUS with free AA Battery Adapter and Remote Control that turns the Fairy Star Lights on and off and lets you choose to dim your lights or have them flicker. To order your very own Fairy Star Lights simply click the ADD TO CART button above. The Best Copper Wire LED Lights Or Your Money Back. read more

World Market
$14.99

Outdoor Lighting -Featuring warm white LED lights on flexible wire, our micro string lights are versatile decorations that shine s...oft ambient light and include a timer function. Wrap them around planters, trees, walkways or bannisters, coil them inside... read more

burton + BURTON
$10.19

Light up your Hallow's Eve with these cute pumpkin string lights.The little pumpkins are just perfect for Halloween, parties or RV... decorations.This battery powered set of lights can be used anywhere, as a table decoration, on your porch or patio, or... read more

$11.82

Find String and Decorative Lights at Target.com! •Make sure to pick up some batteries before using this string of lights •You won'...t have to waste any time setting things up because string of lights doesn't require assembly •Great for Christmas •Non-Blinking Lights • Get ready for Christmas with this constant purple string of lights, the perfect indoor decorations for your holiday display. This festive string of lights includes Non-Blinking Lights. Color: Purple. 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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Home Plus
$8.99

Highlights:Dimensions: 6-1/4Color: RedMaterial Type: PlasticChristmas Theme: LEDLighting IncludedNumber of Lights: 8 lightsIndoor ...and OutdoorRed plastic reindeer with nine warm white LED bulbsRequires 3 AAA Batteries (not included) read more

Lumens Light + Living
$25.00

The Lumens Gift Card is the perfect gift for your design-loving friends and family... for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and m...ore. Who wouldn't love the opportunity to pick out new lighting, furniture or home accessories? You can choose from any of the standard gift amounts below, or call Customer Service for any custom amount. Redeemable at Lumens Sacramento showroom or Lumens.com. Lumens Light + Living, headquartered in Sacramento, CA, is dedicated to offering savvy consumers the very best in "open-minded modern" design. Lumens lighting, fans and home accessories include everything from the most contemporary international designs to re-interpretations of classic designs for the modern home. read more

AM+ Studio
$81.60

AMSO3477 Features Opal glass The light can be used as a shower light Can be used outdoor Product Type: Flush mount Fixture Materia...l: Metal/Glass Shade Material: Glass Bulb Type: Fluorescent Bulb Included: Yes Wattage: 13 Watts Voltage: 120 Volts Shade... 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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Smart Solar
$37.57

The Smart Solar Gala Solar String Lights - Set of 20 are not only colorful and happy, but also smart and solar-powered! Perfect fo...r any gathering, this 14.75-foot strand features multi-colored metal geometric cages over clear lights - 20 white LED... read more

Smart Solar
$26.99

XSM1242 Features Automatically turns on at dusk and off at dawn No operating costs No wiring, simply install and enjoy Powered by ...an integral solar panel Replaceable, rechargeable battery Year-Round Use: Yes Product Type: Garden stake Style:... read more

Smart Solar
$39.49 $33.48

The Smart Solar Welcome Gnome is a welcome addition to your patio, garden or deck. It has two Energy saving amber LEDs and gets up... to eight hours use when fully charged 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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LEDtree
$49.00

These new 2016 fiber optic Christmas trees use a patented pending LED light source. This fiber optic tree has a beautiful retro sh...immering effect we remember from days past. Easily change to wide variety of color and white patterns. read more

Boston Harbor
$38.36 $33.09

This 1-light porch wall lantern features clear glass panelsIt can be used with one medium base bulb having 60-watt maximum (sold s...eparately)7 3/4" high x 4 1/8" widecULus ListedBrass read more

Vaxcel
$2300.00

As an eye-popping, three-level fixture, the Vaxcel Aspen 16-Light Chandelier - 46W in. Pine Tree is going to add a rustic feel to ...your home while bathing it in a charming light. Sixteen amber glass shades are arranged the body of this fixture that is... read more

National Tree Company
$69.99 $48.49

Dimensions: 10W x 10D x 20H in.. Wood frame construction. Green, red, and white finish. Evergreen branch, berry, and pine cone ado...rnments. Easy to hang. No assembly required. Hang the National Tree Company Christmas Lantern Decoration along a wall, over the mantel, on a door, or any place else that could do with a little holiday cheer. Fashioned out of wood, the open lantern features berries, evergreen branches, and pine cones both inside and atop its frame. A rope at the top allows for easy hanging. 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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Universal Lighting and Decor
$149.99

This playful table lamp features a darling porcelain bunny base in a blue and white floral print. A rectangular rayon shade with r...ibbing softens the glow of the bulb while providing a linear focal point. A delightful accent lamp to instantly add nature and light to your living space! read more

Universal Lighting and Decor
$149.99

This playful table lamp features a darling porcelain bunny base in a blue and white floral print. A rectangular rayon shade with r...ibbing softens the glow of the bulb while providing a linear focal point. A delightful accent lamp to instantly add nature... read more

Lumens Light + Living
$25.00

The Lumens Gift Card is the perfect gift for your design-loving friends and family... for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and m...ore. Who wouldn't love the opportunity to pick out new lighting, furniture or home accessories? You can choose from any of the standard gift amounts below, or call Customer Service for any custom amount. Redeemable at Lumens Sacramento showroom or Lumens.com. Lumens Light + Living, headquartered in Sacramento, CA, is dedicated to offering savvy consumers the very best in "open-minded modern" design. Lumens lighting, fans and home accessories include everything from the most contemporary international designs to re-interpretations of classic designs for the modern home. read more

World Market
$39.99

String Lights -Decorate with American colors for the 4th of July, the Summer Olympics, block parties and other festive events with... our exclusive red, white and blue string lights. You can connect multiple sets of both our 10-bulb and 30-bulb strings.... 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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LSD
$18.42

Description: Frosted Replacement Bulbs for 7 Watt 120V Electric Candle Lamps. Candelabra base with real frosted glass. Come in pac...ks of 2 bulbs. read more

VCO
$17.99 $13.19

Pack of 3 Bubble Light Replacements Item #V490774 Yes, these "candles" bubble cheerfully on your tree to create a magical effect. ...Concealed bulb glows in the base, lighting up the bubbling column!! Product Features: Color: clear bubblers filled with... read more

VCO
$214.99 $182.74

Product Features: Bulb color: orange Finish: opaque Size: A19 Base: E26 nickel Additional Product Features: LED lights use 90% les...s energy Estimated bulb life: approx 25,000 hours Dimmable bulb Cool to the touch UL listed for indoor or outdoor use 120... 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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Queens of Christmas
$41.45 $41.40

These C-9 size retrofit replacement bulbs are warm white in color- They are specially made to be dimmable- They are commercial gra...de, non-faceted LED screw-in replacement bulbs designed for traditional incandescent C9 (E17 socket) sockets- They have a... read more

Queens of Christmas
$10.99 $4.46

Bulb Color: Yellow / Gold Queens of Christmas 3.2W LED Light Bulb These F-50 size retrofit replacement bulbs. They are faceted LED... screw-in replacement bulbs designed for traditional incandescent F50 (E26 socket) sockets. Each has ten super bright LEDs... read more

Wintergreen Lighting
$69.97 $63.97

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$62.83 $56.83

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Wintergreen Lighting
$44.99 $38.99

Size: 0.88" W x 0.88" D, Color: Multicolor Wintergreen Lighting Twinkle Smooth LED Christmas Light Bulb Wintergreen Lighting C7 an...d C9 LED bulbs transform traditional lighting, offering sustainability for the future through energy saving technology.... read more

Wintergreen Lighting
$41.99 $31.99

Size: 0.88" W x 0.88" D, Color: Amber Wintergreen Lighting Smooth LED Christmas Light Bulb Wintergreen Lighting C7 and C9 LED bulb...s transform traditional lighting, offering sustainability for the future through energy saving technology. 130 Volt... read more

Meyda Tiffany
$225.00 $135.00

Meyda Tiffany Tiffany Floral Nouveau Holiday Poinsettia Mini Table Lamp Russet poinsettia flowers against bay green leaves and bac...kground grace this stained glass shade. Warm tones in this floral arrangement make this mini lamp, finished in Mahogany... read more

Wintergreen Lighting
$54.32 $44.32

Size: 0.88" W x 0.88" D, Color: Cool White Wintergreen Lighting Smooth LED Christmas Light Bulb Wintergreen Lighting C7 and C9 LED... bulbs transform traditional lighting, offering sustainability for the future through energy saving technology. 130 Volt... read more

Queens of Christmas
$37.99 $24.99

Color: Warm White Queens of Christmas Curtain LED Light LED Light Curtain with 150 twinkle lights. This set is 5' H x 6' W. Each s...et contains fifteen drops of 10 bulbs with 4" spacing between drops and 6" spacing between each bulb. There is a 12" lead... read more

Wintergreen Lighting
$53.34 $43.34

Size: 1.18" W x 1.18" D, Color: Gold Wintergreen Lighting Smooth LED Christmas Light Bulb Wintergreen Lighting C7 and C9 LED bulbs... transform traditional lighting, offering sustainability for the future through energy saving technology. 130 Volt... read more

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