Everyone has different tastes in decorating for the holidays, right down to the lights. No matter what type of Christmas lights you enjoy putting up, your choices are no longer the same as they used to be.
Now you have a wider selection to choose from, better value and the kind of lights that give your home a soft, romantic holiday glow or ones that can light up the night and make your home a masterpiece in electricity.
There are bulbs in an array of colors, many different watts and various sizes and shapes. You can spend a little bit of money on lights or you can spend a lot. Knowing which kind to choose from depends on the size of your home, and how much ground you’d like to cover.
If you don’t know what kinds of lights to get, you run the risk of buying the wrong lights and then having to take or send them back. One of the choices you have in Christmas lights is the LED lights.
The initials LED stand for light emitting diode. These lights don’t take as much power to use and you can get a wider angle of light. These kinds of lights offer longer use (thousands of hours) and you can use them to decorate inside your home or outside in the yard.
They’re a very safe type of bulb because they don’t get hot to the fingertips unlike regular lights, which can sometimes be a fire hazard. With LED lights, you don’t have to worry if your tree dries out like you do with regular lights. They are a little more expensive than the run of the mill Christmas lights, but your family’s safety is worth the cost.
Another choice you can go with is the rope lights. These are lights inside of tubing. These lights come in different colors and you can get them in chasing lights or still versions. They can interconnect with other strands to form longer strands.
These lights are perfect for those hard to decorate items or areas and they can be used indoor or outdoor. In fact, if you use rope lights to line your home’s walkway, if kids accidentally step on them, they’re stepping on the tubing instead of sharp glass that can cut them. Plus, these lights can contain the same LED technology that saves energy.
There are so many Christmas light options for you to choose from to make your holiday really shine this year. You’ll need to know how many lights you’ll require that can run safely on your home’s circuit. If you do choose LED lights, make sure you’re happy with your choice since these lights do tend to last for the long haul.
Seasonal Lighting – Rope Lights Versus String Lights
Are you looking forward to the holidays until you think about the task up putting up the seasonal lighting? When you think of the time it takes to get the right lights and get them put up both outside and inside your home, do you lose all your Christmas spirit and feel more like the Grinch Who Dreads Lights?
You need to be able to make an informed decision about the difference in rope lights versus string lights. There isn’t a right way to light up your home. There are preferred ways and then there are easier ways.
Rope lights have sturdy PVC plastic tubing that protects the bulbs. That’s a nice little safety feature there so that if a light is broken in transit, you don’t get cut or poked. Remember how the string lights would get tangled up into one giant ball of frustration? You don’t have that problem with rope lights. Since the lights are inside the tubing, they don’t tangle up.
Ever spill something on string lights? They’re not easy to clean up if at all. With rope lights, if something spills on that outer tubing, the tubing is easy to wipe clean. In areas where there’s a lot of foot traffic, the rope lights are safer to use if you’re lining a walk area. With any decoration, rope lights can be used as an accent color and will give you a better fit because they’re easier to secure in place.
Rope lights wrap around objects in unity. You won’t have stray lights that will shine in one direction while the rest of the lights shine another. These lights are easier to wrap around tree trunks without sliding out of place.
Whatever area or item you choose to decorate with rope lights, you can rest assured the rope lights will remain cooler to the touch since they don’t produce as much heat. They’re longer lasting and there’s less risk of overloading an outlet.
Now let’s look at string lights. They do cost less than rope lights and in a down economy, that’s always a plus. They’re easier to use on porch railings and columns. The lights don’t disappear from view if twined with garland like some rope lights do.
String lights are easier to tuck into Christmas tree branches. The bulbs are easier to replace unlike rope lights. If a rope light burns out in the middle, you may end up having to replace the entire length. If you use string lights, you can make them flash or chase with ease and it’s not expensive. With rope lights, the accessories, like controllers, can be very expensive.
To choose between the two types of seasonal lighting, decide what you can afford and weigh that in contrast with what you have to decorate. Sometimes, it’s worth paying a little more, but sometimes, it’s not.