Liven Up Your Wedding Reception With Lights!

When you’re planning how to decorate your wedding reception, Christmas lights might not necessarily be the first decorative items that come to mind. However, did you know that Christmas lights are an easy way for you to make your wedding reception safe, beautiful, and memorable?

Personalize Your Wedding Reception Decor with Christmas Lights!

Various Christmas lights are a great way you can personalize your wedding reception decor. While you can use the traditional pointed bulbs on strings, you can also use the new bulb shapes and light designs to match your reception theme. You’ve got plenty of choices when it comes to bulbs and lighting designs — from the convenient net lights, durable rope lights, and tiny twinkling round lights to the decorative lights in the shape of fruits or flowers, flickering simulated tea lights, cool blue rock-shaped lights, and even star-shaped lights. Wedding decorating with Christmas lights are now even easier and more flexible than ever before with the new power options.

Where Do You Start Decorating with Lights?

So, what should you do with all those Christmas lights? Start outside! Does the venue for your wedding reception have a path leading to an entrance? If it does, consider using rope lights or battery powered faux tea lights in bags to create luminaries. These lights are great for leading your guests along the path. If you have a tree-lined path, try wrapping the Christmas lights around them to create natural columns leading to the entrance. Twinkly lights outside can give the nostalgic, magical feeling of seeing lightning bugs, and net lights over bushes can give structure and dimension to an outdoor space, which can lend an excellent photo backdrop.

Creating the Perfect Ambiance Inside the Reception Area

Wedding decorating with lights outdoors creates instant ambiance for guests entering and exiting the reception area, and lights indoors can extend that ambiance. For instance, you can highlight important areas with tiny LED lights that emit a soft glow. Use mini LED lights on the tables for the wedding cake, favors, and guest book.

If you have a long, banquet-style table at the front of your reception, a combination of battery powered lights, tulle, and topiaries can provide a gorgeous decoration along the ground in front of the table. The net lights that work so well on the bushes outside can also work inside the venue. Drape them along the ceiling to create an attractive focal point.

And what about those dangerous, high-maintenance candles? Replace them with faux tea lights and candles. Have worry-free centerpieces for your guests that won’t add heat to the room or present a hassle for servers trying to keep them lit. Set up a lovely display next to your guest book without having to worry that melting wax from a collapsing candle will spill and ruin it.

One of the greatest benefits of using Christmas lights to decorate your wedding reception is that these little points of light will add charm to your photos. Your wedding reception lasts only hours, but the photos will last a long, long time. The soft light provided by these tiny lights will illuminate elements of your reception decoration that might otherwise not be visible in photos. Truly, decorating with Christmas lights will not only make your wedding reception special in many ways, but will also help you remember all the special details about it for years to come.

LED Christmas Lights: Brightening Up Your Holidays in All Shapes, Colors, and Sizes!

The celebration of the holiday season is never going to be complete without hanging a lovely wreath by the door, putting up a Christmas tree with ornaments, placing Christmas stockings by the hearth or windows, and hanging decorative lights. In particular, it is the tradition of hanging Christmas lights that literally make the holidays even brighter.

Choosing the Perfect Holiday Lighting for Your Home or Office
But how do you select the type of Christmas lights you can use to brighten up your home during the holiday season? Whether it’s just one set of lights to use on your Christmas tree or multiple strings of lights to brighten up the outline of your home’s exterior at night, it is important to make your selection carefully. The type of Christmas lights to opt for should be safe and bright, and the lights should look aesthetically pleasing and not consume too much electricity.

When you go holiday shopping and you visit a store where decorative lights for the holidays are sold, you will be amazed at the variety of choices you have before you. But first, you need to make sure the type of holiday lights you get is appropriate for either indoor or outdoor use. So what color, shape, size, and type of Christmas lights are you interested in?

What Sets LED Christmas Lights Apart from the Pack
So what is it about LED lights that sets them apart from the more traditional holiday lights? The answer is in how LEDs work. LED is actually a semiconductor light source that has proven to be more advantageous over incandescent or fluorescent light sources.

Let’s take a multi-color LED Christmas light as an example. Before LED lights became popular in the market, what usually produces the hue in colored Christmas lights is the plastic encasing, which is illuminated by either a white or yellow light produced by the bulb. When the color of the plastic casing fades, the color of the light will go back to its yellow or white nature. This is unlike what happens with LED Christmas lights. They basically produce a monochromatic light, which means no matter what type of plastic encasing is used, the color of light produced will remain vibrant and bright. On the other hand, white LED Christmas lights are produced differently. With the help of ultraviolet light, which is exposed to phosphor, the color produced by the bulb is what the human eye perceives to be white.

  • LED lights are more efficient than incandescent lights
    Whether you intend to use LED lights for household lighting or as holiday lights, you will find out soon enough that LED lights are more efficient than incandescent bulbs. These lights do not get hot and they pose less of a fire risk — proof of the efficiency of this type of lighting.
  • LED Christmas lights are more durable and eco-friendly
    A set of high-quality LED lights should last you for a good number of years. LED Christmas mini-lights or the regular-sized ones are less likely to break because of the plastic encasing used, unlike the clear Christmas lights, which are encased in glass. LED lights are also considered to be more eco-friendly because they use less electricity. Semiconductor-based LED Christmas lights don’t contain mercury, which is something that fluorescent bulbs contain.
  • The colors of LED Christmas lights don’t fade
    Unlike plastic-encased incandescent holiday lights, LED Christmas lights will remain as color-bright as they were the first time you used them.


Why It Pays to Invest in or Make the Switch to LED Lights
Most people think that hanging on to the traditional holiday lighting set they have owned for a good number of years is the more practical thing to do. However, when you consider the fact that LED Christmas lights are safer, more durable, brighter, and is less of a fire hazard, you should seriously consider making the switch. More importantly, homeowners who switched from incandescent to LED holiday lights reported an almost 90% decrease in their holiday electricity bills. With such huge savings and the fact that LED lights are cheerful and ultra-colorful, why else would you say no to the prospect of using this type of holiday lighting?

A Short Guide to Lighting Your Christmas Tree

No matter how many challenges and triumphs you have faced during the earlier part of the year, it’s nice to look forward to the last two months when everyone will be coming together to celebrate the holidays. Aside from Thanksgiving, it’s Christmas that both children and adults look forward to. Part of the holiday tradition is putting up a Christmas tree, complete with ornaments and lights. The task of putting a star or angel to the top of the tree is yet another ritual that most families look forward to each year. Let’s take a look at the basics of how you can light up your Christmas tree, the type of holiday lights available, as well as other tips on how you can brighten up your tree.

What Types of Christmas Lights are Available?
You might have a set of old Christmas lights stashed away in the attic, but this year consider replacing them with newer, brighter, and more efficient ones. This is especially true if most of the bulbs are not lighting up anymore or if the wires are too worn out. You don’t want your holiday lights to become a fire hazard nor do you want them to consume too much electricity, so it’s better to invest in a new set of energy-efficient and 100% safe lights. The good news is that when you walk through a store, you will see an assortment of holiday lights in every size, shape, design, and color. To give you an idea, below are some of the types of Christmas lights you can choose from.

LED Christmas Lights vs. Incandescent Christmas Lights

A Multitude of Benefits from Choosing LED Christmas Lights
Whether it’s your Christmas tree or the exterior of your home that you are lighting up for the holidays, there are a multitude of benefits you will get to enjoy by choosing LED lights over the traditional incandescent bulbs. First of all, LED lights are more energy efficient and are thus friendlier to the environment. Most homeowners who switched from the traditional incandescent holiday lights to LED Christmas lights have reported an almost 90% decrease in their holiday electricity bills. This is because LED lights are more energy efficient. They generate very little heat and are safe to use outdoors. Unlike incandescent bulbs, LED Christmas lights are also less of a fire hazard.

LED holiday lights have a longer life. Sure, the price of buying LED Christmas lights might be a bit higher as compared to the traditional incandescent mini-Christmas lights but the extra cost is very well worth it. On average, LED holiday lights last ten times longer than incandescent lights. Part of the reason is that they do not have filaments that will burn out or break. The plastic covering of LED Christmas lights are also more durable as compared to the glass outer bulb of incandescent lights. And if you are looking forward to brightening up your holidays with color, you will not be disappointed with the strength and brightness produced by LED Christmas lights.

Additional Tips When Choosing Christmas Tree Lights

As you can see, there are a multitude of benefits you can get to enjoy as a homeowner by using LED lights. If you have a very tall tree to decorate, you need to connect a multiple string of LED Christmas lights. For safety purposes, make sure you are following the manufacturer’s recommendation for the maximum number Christmas light strings connected. Let’s say that you are decorating a 6-foot tree and you are using Christmas mini-lights. For this, the recommended total number of lights is 150 to 250 so take note of the maximum number of strings to be connected.

If you are lighting up the exterior of your home with LED Christmas lights, it’s also good to have a plan first of exactly where the string of lights will be placed. Safety should be your number one consideration so make sure that the holiday lights you are stringing together have the proper electrical connection to prevent fires or short circuits.

At the end of the day, nothing beats the feeling of seeing your entire house or your Christmas tree lit up with charming and colorful LED lights for the first time. So take care in choosing the perfect type of Christmas lights and you should be all set in your holiday celebrations!

Various Ways to Use Christmas Lights in Your Home

Christmas is never complete without Christmas trees, ornaments, wreaths, Santa, stockings, and Christmas lights. Traditionally, Christmas lights come in white and are used primarily to brighten up Christmas trees inside the house. These days, however, you can find Christmas lights in all sorts of colors, shapes, and designs.

When you are shopping for Christmas lights, there are several things you have to consider in order to make the right choice. For instance, if you are buying lights to wrap around your tree, you have to decide whether you want the traditional white ones or the more whimsical multi-colored blinking lights. Usually, the color choice in Christmas lights for the tree depends on the theme you have going for the rest of the house. If you are decorating your house around a color theme, you may want to buy Christmas lights of the same color. However, it is interesting to note that many people still go for the plain white lights because they are quite elegant and work well with whatever ornaments are hung on the tree.

You will also have to decide on the shape of the individual light bulbs. Years ago, there were not that many choices for bulb shapes but today you can find dozens of different designs, ranging from the very simple round or oval shape to more complex designs like snowflakes, hearts, and so on. And although Christmas lights are mainly used around Christmas trees, they are quite versatile and can be used in many different ways around the house. In fact, the use of Christmas lights is no longer restricted to the interior of the house.

There are many different kinds of outdoor lights you can now use in the garden or on the home’s exterior. The most common kind of outdoor Christmas lights today is called the icicle lights, so-called because they resemble sparkling icicles. They are usually hung under the eaves of the roof and along other projections on the façade of the home. Curtain lights are also commonly used along the exterior walls of the house. Another way of using Christmas lights outside the home is to wrap them around tree trunks or hang them amongst the leaves and branches. For this purpose, both the white and multi-colored lights will work beautifully, and you should base your decision on your personal preference.

As for the inside of the house, the Christmas tree is not the only thing you can decorate with lights. Many people also like to intertwine Christmas lights with their garlands, particularly those that are put up along stairways or on the mantle of the fireplace. You can also put up some lights in the different rooms of the house. Children in particular love having colorful blinking lights in their bedroom. If you do decide to hang some lights in your child’s room, however, make sure the lights and the electrical wiring are out of their reach.

There are so many ways you can decorate your home using Christmas lights. As long as you take the necessary safety precautions, there is practically no limit but your imagination as to how you can use these lights to beautify your home for Christmas.

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