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Outdoor Lights Buying Guide

The twinkling of outdoor lights is as much a part of our holiday recollections as the tree inside the house. When used well, outdoor lights can turn a dark home into a cornucopia of holiday cheer. And the market for outdoor lights has exploded, with options galore for everyone from the most restrained exterior decorator to those who embrace a more exuberant approach. Here's your guide to buying outdoor lights.

Types of Outdoor Lights

Types of Outdoor Lights

Each type of outdoor lights exhibits a very different look and feel on your home's exterior. And because of the flexibility and availability of different types of outdoor lights, you can quickly transform your home into holiday central. Start by reviewing the types that are most suited to your home's style and your personal decorating expression. Those may include spheres, LED lights, silhouettes, trees, icicle-style lights, nets, stakes, different size bulbs, or ropes.

Spheres

These round orbs vary in size and style. Some resemble grapevine wreaths, while others appear spun out of delicate string. The lights inside can also be of differing colors such as white, green, red, or blue.

LED

Many outdoor lights are now powered by LED light sources. In addition to producing intense white light, LED outdoor lights last longer and use less electricity than many other lights.

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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

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20 Count Solar LED Patio Light Set Includes G40 Glass Covers, Brown Wire, 20 Warm White Rocket LEDs, 6' Lead Cord From Solar Panel... To First Connector, 8" Bulb Spacing, 12' Total Lighted Length, And A 4" Tail. Connect Up To 3 Light Sets. Uses 1 AA... read more

Raz

9 feet of Outdoor Micro LED string lights with 6 Hour timer feature. 36 orange LED micro lights on black wire. 6 hours on, 18 hour...s off. Uses 3 AA batteries. Batteries sold separately. Multi function includes Phasing, Flashing or Steady On. Indoor -... read more

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Raz

9 feet of Outdoor Micro LED string lights with 6 Hour timer feature. 36 purple LED micro lights on black wire. 6 hours on, 18 hour...s off. Uses 3 AA batteries. Batteries sold separately. Multi function includes Phasing, Flashing or Steady On. Indoor -... read more

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Silhouettes

Silhouettes typically depict a holiday-related scene, such as Santa Claus or a snowman. The displays are usually vertical and may consist of various light colors and shapes.

Trees

Outdoor lights are now available in tree shapes; these typically have a top or star with a cascade of lights that flows down and out to the ground.

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Village Lighting Co.

Family Name - TreeKeeper | Accommodates - Fits most trees up to 9' tall and 55" wide with center pole diameter of 1.25" to 2.5". |... The TreeKeeper is the fastest way to set up and store your hinged Christmas tree! After the holidays, open the tree skirt... read more

Village Lighting Co.

Family Name - TreeKeeper | Accommodates - Fits most trees up to 9' tall and 55" wide with center pole diameter of 1.25" to 2.5". |... The TreeKeeper Pro is the fastest way to set up and store your hinged Christmas tree! To store, open the tree skirt, lift... read more

Frontgate

Protected fade- and damage-resistant lights. Polymer dome covers virtually eliminate bulb failure because you never handle the lig...ht directly. Powdercoated steel frames withstand the harshest weather year after year. Hand twisted light wire provides a clean look. 1/4" solid steel frames for sturdy support. Create a dynamic visual effect with our Lighted Fading Tree. These lighted holiday trees are great alone, or group several sizes together to make your own holiday forest. The bright colors "move" up the tree in random intervals at the top, middle, and bottom for a delightful 3D seasonal display. . . . . . 4'-6' adjustable stake for yard display. read more

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Bamboo Cylinder Patio String LIghts with 10 Lights. Use indoors or outdoors. Plugs into 115 VAC outlet. 9 Feet of Lights Total Len...gth 11 Feet 10 Bamboo Cylinders with Lights Green Wire 4 replaceable Bulbs String around your outdoor umbrella around your... read more

Icicles

Icicle-style lights are almost as common as traditional mini lights. These are created with a long strand of lights hung with shorter strands that hang down.

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Brilliant Brand

Features:120 volt9' lighted length3 DropsWhite wire with Multi-Color LEDsEnd to end up to 43 setsIndoor/OutdoorUL ListedIncludes r...eplacement bulbs and fuse Specifications Voltage 120V # of LEDs70 LED ColorMulti-Color Wire Color White Length 9 ft.... read more

Brilliant Brand

Features:120 volt9' lighted length3 DropsWhite wire with Cool White LEDsEnd to end up to 43 setsIndoor/OutdoorUL ListedIncludes re...placement bulbs and fuse Specifications Voltage 120V # of LEDs70 LED ColorCool White Wire Color White Length 9 ft. lighted... read more

Brilliant Brand

Features:120 volt, 7.2 watts, 0.06 amps9' lighted length, 10' total lengthDrops spaced on 7" centersDrop lengths: 14" (5 bulbs) an...d 7" (3 bulbs)Drop pattern: 1 X 14" and 2 X 7", repeatsWhite wire with Blue bulbsUL ListedSteady BurnEnd to end up to 29... read more

Brilliant Brand

Features:120 volt9' lighted length3 DropsWhite wire with Blue LEDsEnd to end up to 43 setsIndoor/OutdoorUL ListedIncludes replacem...ent bulbs and fuse Specifications Voltage 120V # of LEDs70 LED ColorBlue Wire Color White Length 9 ft. lighted # of Drops... read more

Nets

Net-style outdoor lights are an inventive solution to covering bushes and shrubs. Available in different widths and lengths, these lights string together bulbs in a weblike arrangement.

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Improvements

LED Ribbon Lights save you time when decorating. LED Ribbon Lights are 15"W, to quickly cover a tree trunk or column. These Christ...mas net lights feature bright, energy-saving LED mini-lights. LED Ribbon Lights add instant sparkle to trees, fences, or columns. No more laboriously wrapping single light strands around and around to decorate a tree! These Christmas net lights are pre-strung with 150 LED lights, evenly spaced in a tangle-free, 15"W net -- simply wrap it around a tree trunk or post and you're done. You can also create a ribbon or candy cane effect by alternating Christmas net lights of different colors. Each LED Ribbon Lights set is 6'L with end-to-end connection so you can easily connect to additional sets or other lighted decor. Benefits of the LED Ribbon Lights: read more

Inliten
$16.82
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Holiday Wonderland 150 Count Red Bulbs Net-Style Light Set Size 4' x 6' 24" Lead Wire Green Wire Replacement Bulb #1115-2-88 True ...Value #513-687. read more

HLS
$13.99 $18.19
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Wattage 61 Watt - Bulbs Per String 150 - Bulb Color Red - Length 4 ft. - Width 6 ft. - Wire Gauge 22 AWG - UL Listed Indoor/Outdoo...r - read more

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Stakes

Outdoor light stakes may sometimes be battery-powered for easy installation. A short stake topped with lights is inserted into the ground; it's useful to line a walkway.

Bulb Types

Outdoor lights differ by bulb size. Standard mini lights are most commonly found on strings and in different colors. Other, larger bulb sizes include C7 and C9.

Rope

Encased in a clear or semitransparent plastic tube, rope lights present an almost-uninterrupted stream of light that can be used on railings and other suitable spots outside the home.

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1000bulbs

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

FlexTec

Brand FlexTec - Part No. FA-U-04 - Voltage 120 - Bulb Type Incandescent - Color Red White and Blue - Width 25 in. - UL Listed Indo...or/Outdoor - read more

CBconcept
$49.05
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Concept is proudly introduce you this beautiful LED rope light, where it offers unparalleled advantage over traditional incandesce...nt rope light. Its brightness, almost twice as brighter. Its low energy consumption, use as little as 10-Percent to 15-Percent compare to incandescent, and its long useful life, as much as 30 times more. Most of all, its beautiful color is unfound in incandescent lighting. with its flexibility, safety, and long lasting features, it's an ideal lighting for your home decorative project. Very popular with Walkways, Tree trunks, Hallways, Garage Door Frames, Stairs, Palm Trees, Dancing Rooms, Street Lamps, Arbors & trellises, Playhouses, Backyard Cottages, Sandboxes, Garden Houses, Gazebos, and Pergolas. ADDITIONAL ACCESSORY and Other LENGTH package, please see our store for more options or contact our friendly sales representative. read more

FlexTec
$41.47 $53.91
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Brand FlexTec - Part No. FA-U-04 - Voltage 120 - Bulb Type Incandescent - Color Red White and Blue - Width 25 in. - UL Listed Indo...or/Outdoor - read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Many holiday outdoor lights can represent a significant investment of both time and budget toward your exterior holiday decorating, so it's important to thoughtfully consider the factors that can influence your purchase. Price is, of course, a factor, as is storage of outdoor lights. The length or size of lights should be carefully considered, as should ease of replacement, operation, and installation. Think through these options before investing in your outdoor lights.

Price

Outdoor lights vary widely in price. Options that affect cost include type of bulb, length of strand, and complexity of design.

Storage

How you store your holiday outdoor lights should affect your purchase. Are strands able to be rolled and contained easily? Do large silhouettes need a special spot on shelves? Make sure you have room before finalizing a purchase.

Replacement Bulbs

Ease of replacing burned-out bulbs -- and whether strands or displays stay lit if a bulb burns out -- should be a purchase consideration for any outdoor lights.

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Novelty Lights

" 25 Pack of Clear G40 Round Party Bulbs Screws into C7 Sockets with e12 Candelabra Base Long Life 3000 Hour Bulbs 130 Volt 5 watt... Bulbs Each Bulb is 1 1/2"" wide Indoor and Outdoor Rated Nickle Coated base that won't corrode " read more

Novelty Lights

" 25 Pack of Blue G40 Round Party Bulbs Screws into C7 Sockets with e12 Candelabra Base Long Life 3000 Hour Bulbs 130 Volt 5 watt ...Bulbs Each Bulb is 1 1/2"" wide Indoor and Outdoor Rated Nickle Coated base that won't corrode " read more

Novelty Lights

" 25 Pack of G50Frosted White 7 Watt Bulbs Screws into C9 Socket/Intermediate Base Long Life 3000 Hour Bulbs 130 Volt 7 Watt Size:... 2-7/8""High x 2"" Wide Nickle Platede-17 Base " read more

Novelty Lights

" 25 Pack of G50Clear 7 Watt Bulbs Screws into C9 Socket/ Intermediate Base Long Life 3000 Hour Bulbs 130 Volt 7 Watt Size: 2-7/8"..."High x 2"" Wide Nickel Plated E-17 Base " read more

Operation

Different outdoor lights operate with different power sources and various kinds of switches. Know how yours operate -- with a plug-in, an extension cord, a switch, or batteries.

Length or Size

Measure the area you want to cover -- either the length around a doorway or the spot in the yard for a silhouette -- before making any outdoor light purchase.

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48 Red LED Christmas Lights - 24ft - Green Wire - Wide Angle

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