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!