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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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

Etsy - EmbroiderybyCathy
$27.99

Personalized robe embroidered. Great Gift for the Bride to wear on her wedding morning. You choose the color of robe, thread and M...rs. Name and date on the back of the robe and her new monogram on the front. Or you can add I Do and date to the sleeves. You can choose in the options. I have pictures below the larger one to choose from. Please put the monogram in the order you would like sewn. First, Last, Middle is traditional. Robe Details. Name, Thread colors, Robe color and font style. If you want layered name 2 thread colors and Date. Numerical looks best. You can give me the details in the note section in check out. The robe is a waffle weave with two front pockets, 3/4 sleeves and 36 inch knee length 55 inches around the center. One size fits most. The tiny weave holds warm air next to your body without a heavy bulky feeling. These are nice robes not flimsy. Machine washable. I have plus sizes they are 5.00 more. Just ask and I will adjust the order. The robe comes in White, Black, Brown, Light Pink, Hot Pink, Turquoise, Aqua, Lavender, Purple, Coral, Lime Green, Gray, Peach, Taupe, Light blue, Fuchsia, Mint, Blush and Navy Blue. If you would like to order more or less I will make a listing for you or you can order from this listing. I will mail within 7 business days. If you need them sooner let me know and we can work it out. Any question just ask! I mail priority mail in the US. If you are international I will set up a listing just for you. Thank you for looking! Cathy read more

World Market
$39.99 $29.99

String Lights -No party décor is complete until you add an abundance of strategically placed string lights. Perfect for setting a ...festive mood, our Seaside Colored Bulb String Lights dazzle with the shimmering blue and green colors of the sea, an ideal... 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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Northlight
$19.99 $18.99

Holiday Lighting Lighted Snowflake Icicle Christmas Light (Pack of 3)

J. Hofert
$39.92

Features low voltage energy saving LED (light emitting diode) lights with break-resistant icicles. 7 inch, 9 inch, and 11 inch dro...ps. Features end to end connection. Ideal for indoor or outdoor use. 24 gauge wire. 12 inch bulb spacing. 24 inch lead, 6... 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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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

Vickerman
$19.74

18 Foot Long Christmas Rope Light. Item #V491818. Product features: Color: bright pink. Bulb spacing: 1 inch. Lighted length: 18 f...eet. Approximate thickness: .5 inch diameter. Wire gauge: 18. 60 inch (5 foot) white lead cord. Additional product features: Super bright incandescent bulbs. Flexible and easy to install. UL listed for indoor and outdoor use. 120 volts. 60 hertz.45 amps. 54 watts. End connectors with the same opening of 1 inch allow you to connect multiple sets together (connect up to 300 feet). Includes mounting clips and screws for easy placement read more

Kurt Adler
$13.82 $13.78

This elegant holiday light set features 10 white clip-on candle lights with 30-inch lead wire, 12-inch spacing, 4 spare bulbs and ...1 spare fuse. This light set is for indoor use only. 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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LED Concepts
$14.99

Create a magical lighting experience for your home, party or business with the TaoTronics warm white STAR LIGHTS. Christmas, New Y...ear's and birthday parties will glow with creativity when you include these bendable and flexible lights to your decor.... read more

LED Concepts
$17.99

Looking for the perfect lights to add a beautiful enchanted glow to your space? LED Concepts Solar LED Style String Lights is your... solution to creating the perfect atmosphere! These extremely durable string lights are made with commercial grade LED... read more

Pure Garden
$21.73 $17.38

The Pure Garden Solar lED Rope light is perfect for decorating and illuminating doorways, walkways, windows, trees, gazebos, raili...ngs, stairs and more. Features 50 powerful white lEd lights equipped to provide long lasting light. Lights are recharged... 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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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

Polymer Products
$76.97

Light up the outdoors with our six globe, weather resistant string light set used for decoration or functional lighting. Great for... decks, patios, porches, awnings, and recreational vehicles. Includes 20 ft. power cord and hanging hooks for installation. read more

Home Plus
$9.99

Highlights: Dimensions: 6-1/4 Color: Red Material Type: Plastic Christmas Theme: LED Lighting Included Number of Lights: 8 lights ...Indoor and Outdoor Red plastic reindeer with nine warm white LED bulbs Requires 3 AAA Batteries (not included) read more

Home Plus
$7.06

Highlights: Size: 7 Dia Material Type: Plastic Color Family: Green Power Type: Battery Can be used for indoor and outdoor It comes... with nine warm white LED bulbs Color window box Requires 3 AAA Batteries (not included) Number in Package: 1 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
$30.58

You'll love the ease and style of these solar-powered Smart Solar Cornelius Solar String Lights - Set of 20. Perfect for any gathe...ring, this 14.75-foot strand features on-trend industrial cage-style lights with 20 white LED bulbs and a solar panel.... read more

Smart Solar
$33.03

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

Specialties
$27.02

Light up your porch at night with this solar plastic string of white lights. The eight LED lights are powered by the sun, making i...t convenient to place them in the desired area without having to deal with wiring. Details: Number of Light: 8 Lights... 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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Boston Harbor
$45.99 $39.81

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

National Tree Company
$24.99

Keep your Christmas tree merry and bright by swapping your old bulb with this halogen replacement bulb. Make sure your holidays ar...e dazzling as ever with this high-quality bulb. For fiber optic products using single bulb operation from base... read more

Wembley™
$40.00 $13.99

Wembley Palm Tree String Lights. Give your porch or backyard a cool tropical twist with these whimsical palm tree lights. Perfect ...for your next luau party or Summer barbecue, they're an island-inspired must-have! read more

Mercana
$79.00

Tree Branch Wall Sconce: *Polyresin wall sconce with metal mount *Features a linen drum shade **Measurements:** 7" DIA x 20" H

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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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

Universal Lighting and Decor
$25.99

This 100-LED outdoor string light produces bright white light anywhere in your yard or garden as it is powered by the sun and need...s no wiring or plug-in to operate. Nickel cadmium batteries are recharged each day via the remote solar panel with... 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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J. Hofert
$6.92

Replacement bulbs for electric candle lamps. 2 per card. Blister card. 7W. No. 1406-2: Color: Clear, Wattage: 7W, Shape: Torpedo

Vickerman
$48.46

For updated, accurate country of origin data, it is recommended that you rely on product packaging or manufacturer information. Co...lor: clear bulb with flickering orange light on the inside of the bulbFits into a standard C7 base120 volts, 3.5... read more

Holiday Bright Lights
$36.14

Highlights: Bulb Color: Warm White Material Type: Acrylic Wattage: 0.6 watts Voltage: 120 volts Bulb Type: C9 Style: SMD Indoor an...d Outdoor Faceted SMD (Service Mounted Device) bulbs 40% brighter, equivalent to 7 diodes which last longer Number of... read more

Holiday Bright Lights
$30.06

Features BX25 C7 SMD LED Replacement Bulb ed Bulb Color: Multicolored Material Type: Acrylic Wattage: 0.6 watts Voltage: 120 volts... Bulb Type: C7 Style: SMD Indoor and Outdoor Faceted SMD Service Mounted Device bulbs 40% brighter, equivalent to 7 diodes... 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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