December 18, 2017

Preparing for the Season of Christmas Decor

christmas scene 

Indoor Christmas Lights 

Decorating with indoor Christmas lights can add happiness and festivity to one’s home during the holidays.  Many ideas on decorating with indoor Christmas lights can be found researching on the internet, looking through magazines, talking to friends, and looking at commercial displays in public places like the local mall.  Use indoor Christmas lights to decorate Christmas trees, accent banisters and walkways, light-up indoor shrubbery, highlight windows or door frames, or even use as part of a table-top display.  Themed Christmas trees are the latest craze with all decorations coordinating to tell a story accented by indoor Christmas lights.  Another popular trend in recent  years is to wrap shrubbery and indoor Christmas lights around banisters to highlight movement through a home via walkways.  An idea some people use year-round is to drape indoor Christmas lights over shrubbery in the home.  This is particularly beautiful on artificial trees.  Some people chose to frame windows or entry points in their home with indoor Christmas lights.  A creative and fun use of indoor Christmas lights is to loosely drape them through table-top displays or even fill large hurricanes or vases with them.  Indoor Christmas lights add a radiant glow to the festive holiday and they can be a fun, creative way to enjoy the season. 

 Outdoor Christmas Lighting– Share Your Holiday Spirit

Sharing the joy of the holidays by decorating with outdoor Christmas lighting is a wonderful way to give back to neighbors.  Like indoor Christmas lights, many ideas for decorating with outdoor Christmas lighting can be found over the internet, in magazines, or by driving around town.  Outdoor Christmas lighting can be used to decorate trees, emphasize pathways, accent shrubbery, frame buildings, and light novelty yard displays.  Evergreen trees make wonderful outdoor Christmas trees when wrapped with outdoor Christmas lighting.  Outdoor Christmas lighting can also be used to accentuate walking paths with the use of string lights or posts.  A popular use of outdoor Christmas lighting is draping string lights over shrubbery and wrapping string lights around trees.  Some people like to decorate their home with outdoor Christmas lighting by outlining windows and doors or roofs and eaves.  A fun use of outdoor Christmas lighting is decorating the yard with displays like the nativity scene or popular characters like Santa.  Outdoor Christmas lighting is a cheerful way to share your holiday joy with family, friends, and neighbors. 

 Inspiration And Joy from Commercial Christmas Lighting

Perhaps the best part of commercial Christmas lighting is the cheer many people can enjoy from the massive opulent displays in public places.  Commercial Christmas lighting can be found on lighting pole mounts, banners, garland, animated displays, and decorations on city streets, parks, malls, hotels, and building fronts.  Commercial Christmas lighting usually has the advantage of a larger budget than that of individuals.  Pole mounts are typically decorated with a novelty shape and accented with commercial Christmas lighting.  Banners and garland are perfect for street roads and parks and look particularly lovely when accompanied with commercial Christmas lighting.  Among the options for animated displays with commercial Christmas lighting are building front mounts, silhouettes, or even giant figures like nutcrackers or angels.  Commercial Christmas lighting can help radiate street or park paths and brighten public buildings like government offices, malls, hotels, and other public places.  Enjoy the magnificent commercial Christmas lighting displays this year around your home.

Alternative Looks in Outdoor Christmas Lights

 

Icicle lights and little white lights have been all the rage in recent years, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try something just a bit different when you put up your outdoor Christmas lights this year.

 

Novel Products for Outdoor Xmas Light

Attractive Looks in Outdoor Christmas LightsA variety of alternative ideas can be found at www.christmaslightsetc.com.  One novel idea is the Starlight Sphere.  Sphere can be hung from trees for a unique celestial effect. We found them in a variety of colors and sizes starting at just $17.95 a piece.  One design is even available in this multi-colored style.

 

Flake Out With Snowflake Lights

Attractive Looks in Outdoor Christmas Lights 1If it’s snowflake lights that tickle your fancy, Christmas Lights Etc. won’t disappoint here either.  With snowflake holiday lights in a wide variety of styles up to 4 feet in size, you’re sure to find one that’s just right to grace your home or yard.

 

 

Not Lions or Tigers….But Fawns Oh My!

Attractive Looks in Outdoor Christmas Lights 2Charming grapevine, pre-lit topiary animals are also featured on this site.  You’ll find them in sizes ranging from 24″ to 8 ft. One of our favorites is a sitting fawn offered at $ 99.95. Placed in groups, a variety of topiary animals can serve to create a woodland setting.  Add to this a sleigh and your woodlands become a fantasyland just waiting for Santa to arrive.

 

Christmas Rope Lights to Shape Up Your Décor

Attractive Looks in Outdoor Christmas Lights 3Outdoor silhouettes, motifs and yard art are yet another category of product to consider as you plan how to decorate your yard for the upcoming season. Designs are formed by molding Christmas Rope light into various shapes and designs.  Themes are as varied as Disney characters, Santa and religious themes.  These motifs work equally well for homes and businesses that are looking for commercial Christmas lighting.

Christmas is the Season and the Season is the Reason. Now’s the time to select some new products for your collection of outdoor Christmas lights.

Holiday Lighting Installation–Know Your Lights

When it comes to holiday lighting installation, it makes sense to know the proper terminology for the lighting you have in mind.  Knowing what you want and how to ask for it is important, regardless of whether you’re shopping for Christmas lighting ideas or hiring someone who offers commercial Christmas lighting.

For just this reason we have created a glossary of some common terms you’re likely to run across as you plan and shop for your Christmas lites.  Get a handle on these terms and you can easily communicate your desires to shop-keepers and the professionals who do Christmas decorating.

Holiday Lighting Installation Know Your LightsC7--C7 Christmas lights are the smaller of two sizes of traditional Christmas lights

C9--C9 Christmas lights are the larger of the two sizes of traditional Christmas lights, measuring about 2-1/2″ in length.





Holiday Lighting Installation Know Your Lights 1Bubble lights–these are historical Christmas lights that were in common use from the 1940’s to the 1960’s.  Although now quite rare, there are a few companies offering a contemporary version of this old classic.


Holiday Lighting Installation Know Your Lights 2

Icicle lights–These light strands offer cascading droplets of light meant to simulate the look of icicles hanging from a roof.  In recent years the variety of styles has increased to include icicles in various colors as well as a myriad of shapes including stars and other novelty designs.

Holiday Lighting Installation Know Your Lights 3Rope lights–Rope lights are holiday lights encased in a plastic sleeve making them look like a rope.  They are flexible enough to be formed into various shapes and to be installed around curves.


LED lights–These lights are a more energy efficient type of light.  They typically cost a bit more, save energy and should last longer than conventional Christmas lights.  Most styles of lights are available in an LED version as well as a traditional one.  Look for C7, C9, icicle lights and other styles to be offered in an LED version as well.

The Why’s and How’s of Commercial Christmas Lighting

Xmas lights and other touches lend a festive air to non-residential environments

The Why and How of Commercial Christmas LightingIf the economy has you thinking about cutting down on or eliminating Xmas lights and other decorations from your business this year, you may want to re-consider your strategy. Consumers have come to expect to see festive lighting where they shop, as well as at commercial establishments in general. Commercial Christmas lighting not only allows operations to create a welcoming environment for customers and clients, but helps to set them apart from the pack and keeps people coming back for more of whatever products or services you offer. Additionally, Xmas lights and other types of decoration get employees into the holiday spirit, bolstering their own productivity.

Leading with LED Christmas lights

The Why and How of Commercial Christmas Lighting 1One of the best and most festive lighting options you can select is LED Christmas lights. LED Christmas lights have become a popular Christmas lights sub-category–for commercial Christmas lighting and residential lighting purposes alike–because they are highly affordable and energy-efficient. Traditional incandescent mini-bulbs have filaments, but LED lights do not–meaning they need about 88% less energy to operate as well as generate less heat than other kinds of bulbs. LED lights are also manufactured from heavy plastic, yielding them a durability that’s especially favorable for commercial establishments. You can hang LED lights as you would other types of Christmas lighting, or make them part of a Christmas village scene. Also worth considering are LED icicle lights, which look like real icicles and come in a variety of shapes, such as traditional, snowflake, and star, and colors, like white, blue, pink, and purple.

Getting it done

The Why and How of Commercial Christmas Lighting 2For many businesses, municipalities, and the like, using commercial Christmas lighting has come to mean more than hanging a few strings of Christmas lights. Throughout the country, you can find a wealth of companies that specialize in commercial Christmas design and offer full custom décor and program packages. These firms generally send an expert to photograph the area or areas to be decorated, then utilize color digital graphics to enhance the photo(s) and replicate the desired look for client approval. Christmas lights and other decorations are then fully installed according to clients’ specifications, with any necessary alterations made during the process.

A hybrid approach

The Why and How of Commercial Christmas Lighting 3Despite the appeal of employing a custom design firm to create commercial Christmas lighting designs, doing so is often outside businesses’ budgetary parameters. In recognition of this fact, some design companies have begun to promote hybrid programs that comprise custom decorations whose price is relatively competitive with standard catalog decorations. To do this, they take “stock” pre-existing designs and personalize them with unique elements, such as special Christmas lighting treatments.  The end-result is, for the most part, unique, but is less costly to design and produce because it does not come entirely from scratch. But no matter what approach you take to commercial Christmas lighting, don’t neglect this essential this Christmas.