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Decorate With Multiple Bulb Styles This Holiday Season

We all have holiday memories from when we were young, and there’s usually one or types of holiday lights that stand out amid those memories. Maybe your dad use to line roof with twinkling, multicolor bulbs, or maybe you adorned your Christmas tree and banister with decorative mini lights. The colors might bring back memories, but even the bulb types themselves can conjure up memories. If your family decorated mainly indoors, you probably think of minilights as standard Christmas lights. Or, if your outdoor property was where the lights went up, you’re probably used to larger C7 or C9 holiday lights.

Going with what you know when shopping for holiday lights is always great, but consider how many different types of lights and bulb styles there are. Classically shaped mini lights have the candle-like tip with the pointed tip. Mini-lights don’t have as many bulb styles, but try adding some LED conical lights to bring some variety. These LED mini Christmas lights have shorter, flat-top tips that allows the light to spread at more of an angle. Wide-angle lighting can help to bring more prominence to a particular display and creates more eye-catching holiday lighting decorations.

The larger C7 bulbs (the size of night-light bulbs) and C9 bulbs (the size of chandelier bulbs) come in more varieties. If you haven’t before, consider adding twinkling bulbs, as they twinkle on and off, giving a unique look to your Christmas lighting decorations. If you like LED holiday lights, there are many varieties of C7 and C9 bulbs. Faceted bulbs have a crystal-like pattern on the bulbs that allows more light to reflect from various angles. Again, it’s a nice way to bring some variety to your holiday lights sets.

Add in some C6 “Strawberry” LED lights to bring yet more variety to lighting for the holidays. These bulbs get their name from their, shape, of course, as they’re also in between the C7 and C9 size. The “Raspberry” G12 LED bulbs are also popular holiday decorations. These spherical, faceted bulbs create a different look when combined with traditional pointed Christmas lights. Really, it all comes down to what you think looks best when holiday lights shopping. Just don’t be afraid to try something different and branch out this holiday season!

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Holiday Lighting That Will Make Family Stare? First, Have Some Caution, And Exercise Care

If you’ve got your holiday lighting all planned out and your lights all ready to go, as with most things, safety comes first! While there are a range of accidents that can occur when hanging your bright Christmas lights on your tree or outside your house (from falls, to slippery ice, to incendiary Christmas lights), use some practical knowledge to keep you—and your lights—safe and operating well.

While you’re excited to get your holiday lights decorating ideas started, be sure to test those Christmas lights strands first. Plug them in one strand at a time to make sure all are functioning. If any of the bulbs on your holiday lights won’t light, make sure they’re screwed in fully, or, in the case of mini lights, push the bulbs gently in to make sure they’re fully inserted.

Plug those Christmas tree lights wires into a surge protector. Surge protectors will help prevent an overload and will help reduce any damage from electrical surges. If you’re connecting any lights for Christmas into other strands, be sure all male plugs are fully inserted into the receiving outlets and connectors. Also, don’t connect holiday lights cords of different numbers, meaning strands of 50 bulbs should be connected only with other strands of 50. This will prevent bulbs from burning out prematurely and is the safest means of connecting lighting cords.

Replacing bulbs as soon as you notice they’re out is always best for your Christmas tree lights. Before doing so, be sure to unplug that strand of Christmas lights! During initial testing to make sure that your lights for the holidays actually light, look carefully over the cords and wires. Check for any damaged encasements and exposed wiring. If many bulbs are out and the connection seems loose, buy replacement lighting cords. Replacement Christmas lights are never a bad idea, especially if you can’t remember how old your set is.

Even if you’re left decorating late into the night, don’t turn on your holiday lighting decorations and then head to bed! Finish up and leave those lights on at a time when you can monitor them for several hours. While Christmas lighting like LED holiday lights don’t burn as hot as incandescent lights, keeping watch over any new electronics is the safest, smartest way to enjoy your holiday lighting decor.

 

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