December 16, 2017

The Very Basics of DIY Outdoor Christmas Lights

 

 Lighting the Trees–

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Probably most everyone would agree that Christmas lighting for the trees in your yard and adjacent parkway (if you have one) is a terrific idea.  But if you’ve never done this before, just how as a “newbie” do you execute this task?  Although it looks quite foolproof, as if anyone could do it, it’s helpful to have some tried and true tips.  First of all come up with a plan for what you would like the outdoor tree lights to look like.  Then if you will be decorating coniferous trees (those are the pine) select C7 and C9 Christmas light strings.  These bulbs are the old standard light bulbs that come in colors.  The C7 are the smaller ones and the C9 are the larger ones.  Unless the tree is very small, consider using the larger bulbs for a brighter tree with more visual appeal.

 For deciduous trees (those are the ones that have lost their leaves for winter), we recommend mini Christmas lights.  These are the little white Christmas lights that you’ve probably seen around on trees for years.  In fact, they are so popular they are used on many trees year round.  Among the notable establishments to use them is at New York’s Central Park eatery, Tavern on the Green. 

These little white lights lend themselves to the slender branches of this type of tree.  Yet other good choices for a deciduous tree are variations on the theme of little white lights.  Consider icicle lights, the cascading droplets of white lights.  These can also be purchased in various colors, such a green, purple, pink and blue holiday lights.  Various other icons are available in the icicle format.  We’ve seen plenty of stars and snowflakes, and sometimes even more unusual choices like candy canes, Santas and candles.

 

Lighting the House–

When it comes to lighting your house, any of the above mentioned bulbs can be used successfully.  In order to hang them from gutters or around eaves and windows, you might want to consider purchasing some holiday lighting clips which will make the whole process easier.

 Lighting Everything Else–Some other products you might consider trying are net lights and rope lights.  Net lights have bulbs which are attached to a net which you simply drape over a bush.  The benefit of a net is a nice uniform distribution of lights with a minimum of hassle.  Rope lights consist of a string of holiday lights encased in a plastic tube.  These work well for decorating fences, windows, stair railings and doorways.  Available in “always on” or pre-set blinking  patterns, rope lights are typically sold by the foot.  Spotlights are yet another commonly used light for Christmas decorating.  They are used to draw attention to a particular area of interest in the yard.  Trees, wreaths, doors, windows and interesting displays in the yard are often highlighted by using spots.  Another favorite of ours is to use spots for uplighting trees.  With this technique the light is placed on the ground a distance in front of the tree and pointed slightly upward. This method allows one to create a dynamic effect against the wintry, night sky.

As you plan for the holiday tap into these simply ideas and be ready with your creativity.  You’re sure to come up with some eye-popping holiday designs to spruce up the yard around your home.

Outdoor Christmas Lights

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Make The Season Bright With Decorative Holiday Lights

When it comes to decorating for the holiday season, too much is never enough when using decorative holiday lights. How fun it is to brighten the neighborhood with decorative holiday lights and make your home shine with holiday splendor. Loosely hanging string lights in a vertical position on tree branches makes them appear light and airy suggesting movement. It is also fun to hang decorative holiday lights on a home’s frame giving it dimension. Decorative holiday lights can be used to spell out holiday wishes, line walkways, define shrubbery, and light up novelty shapes like stars, candy canes, bows, and a variety of Christmas characters. Decorative holiday lights look especially beautiful on wreaths. Create a luminescent luxury by means of abundant decorative holiday lights.

Add Sparkle To The Season With White Christmas Lights

White Christmas lights carry a certain elegance and sophistication about them. White Christmas lights are popular outdoor Christmas lights. White Christmas lights come in two colors. There are cool white lights and there are warm or soft white lights. Cool white Christmas lights have a bluish tint to them making them slightly brighter than the warm white Christmas lights. Warm white Christmas lights are also called soft white Christmas lights. Warm white Christmas lights have a yellowish tint to them making them less bright. Some homeowners choose to decorate the outside of their home using both cool and warm white Christmas lights. The cool white Christmas lights can act as accents on a decorating scheme. They look particularly lovely framing a tree and outlining the Star of David. Cool white lights can also highlight holiday figures making them stand out. Warm white Christmas lights add a soft glow to holiday decorating and can help frame a house or softly lit other holiday objects. Using both cool and warm white Christmas lights creates a spectacular outdoor Christmas display.

Create A Beautiful Outdoor Christmas Tree With Blue LED Christmas Lights

 
Every year the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service provides a Christmas tree for the lawn of the U. S. Capitol. A Christmas tree lighting ceremony has been a tradition since 1964. In 2007, blue LED Christmas lights were used as a predominant color on the Capitol tree. Blue LED Christmas lights look fabulous when combined with a minimal use of other multi-colored lights. The blue LED Christmas lights stand out from a distance and make the tree look blue. Close up, however, the blue LED Christmas lights look like an accent combined with other colors from other lights and ornaments. The effect is quite creative and striking. Try making your own beautiful blue LED Christmas lights tree this year.

Outdoor Christmas Lights

Make The Season Bright With Decorative Holiday Lights

Outdoor Christmas LightsWhen it comes to decorating for the holiday season, too much is never enough when using decorative holiday lights.  How fun it is to brighten the neighborhood with decorative holiday lights and make your home shine with holiday splendor.  Loosely hanging string lights in a vertical position on tree branches makes them appear light and airy suggesting movement.  It is also fun to hang decorative holiday lights on a home’s frame giving it dimension.  Decorative holiday lights can be used to spell out holiday wishes, line walkways, define shrubbery, and light up novelty shapes like stars, candy canes, bows, and a variety of Christmas characters.  Decorative holiday lights look especially beautiful on wreaths.  Create a luminescent luxury by means of abundant decorative holiday lights.

Add Sparkle To The Season With White Christmas Lights

Outdoor Christmas Lights 1White Christmas lights carry a certain elegance and sophistication about them.  White Christmas lights are popular outdoor Christmas lights.  White Christmas lights come in two colors.  There are cool white lights and there are warm or soft white lights.  Cool white Christmas lights have a bluish tint to them making them slightly brighter than the warm white Christmas lights.  Warm white Christmas lights are also called soft white Christmas lights.  Warm white Christmas lights have a yellowish tint to them making them less bright.  Some homeowners choose to decorate the outside of their home using both cool and warm white Christmas lights.  The cool white Christmas lights can act as accents on a decorating scheme.  They look particularly lovely framing a tree and outlining the Star of David.  Cool white lights can also highlight holiday figures making them stand out.  Warm white Christmas lights add a soft glow to holiday decorating and can help frame a house or softly lit other holiday objects.  Using both cool and warm white Christmas lights creates a spectacular outdoor Christmas display.

Create A Beautiful Outdoor Christmas Tree With Blue LED Christmas Lights

blue capitolEvery year the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service provides a Christmas tree for the lawn of the U. S. Capitol.  A Christmas tree lighting ceremony has been a tradition since 1964.  In 2007, blue LED Christmas lights were used as a predominant color on the Capitol tree.  Blue LED Christmas lights look fabulous when combined with a minimal use of other multi-colored lights.  The blue LED Christmas lights stand out from a distance and make the tree look blue.  Close up, however, the blue LED Christmas lights look like an accent combined with other colors from other lights and ornaments.  The effect is quite creative and striking.  Try making your own beautiful blue LED Christmas lights tree this year.

Moving Away From the White Light

New Themes-Not White

This year how about a theme for your Christmas lights decorations? The most common themes of recent years have involved all white Christmas lights or more recently blanketing the home, porch, windows, eaves and outdoor tree lights with icicle holiday lights.  This year how about something more original?  There are many more options available for Christmas light decorations than these themes and variations of white lights suggest.

moving away from the white lightLet’s pick a more original theme–say bows.  You can start by decorating your Christmas tree all over with them. The bows shown here are gold, but more creative options abound.

What’s up with those Pink Christmas Lights?

moving away from the white light 1Right now, I’m partial to bows made of pink and white striped or polka-dot grosgrain ribbon. Attach little ornament hooks or mini rubber bands to the back of these bows and presto, you’ve got instant bow Christmas tree decorations.  Mix these bow ornaments with pink Christmas lights or even the little white Christmas lights, ( f you must) and you’ve got a unique theme all you own–or in this case a theme that currently tickles my fancy!

moving away from the white light 2The pretty-in-pink Christmas tree shown here is yet another example of my current fetish of working in pink for holiday decorations.

Purple Scores a Hit for the Holidays!

moving away from the white light 3And while we’re talking color, what about creating Christmas lighting and decorating ideas in other unique living colors?  Who says we can’t do purple for Christmas decorations?  These balls cover a whole range in shades of purple and blend nicely with little purple Christmas lights.

Orange is the New Red?

moving away from the white light 4What about orange?  I’m sure you’ve never really considered orange to be a Christmas color, but really why not?  Christmas ornament, Artist Eunice Saunders, mentions orange as the newest of Christmas colors on her website www.eunicesaunders.com.  There you can find unique, artisan-created Ornaments by Nisha, like this one for sale.

moving away from the white light 5If you’re planning to stick with orange as a theme-color, you might also want to add some orange Christmas lights to the exterior of your home as well as to trees–both indoors and out.  Anyway, you look at it, Christmas lights decorations don’t have to be just white lights anymore.  Choose a theme, a symbol, an icon or just a color and let it go wild!

What Kind of LED Christmas Lights Can I Get?

what kind of led xmas lights can i get 88LED Christmas lights are on the rise and people are starting to see the allure of their energy-saving glow. For some people, the switch from the conventional incandescent bulbs to LEDs can be hard because they’re afraid they’ll lose their selection of color, quantity and functionality. That concern is understandable, but there is no reason to worry as LED Christmas lights come in all sorts of varieties.

There are dozens of websites selling almost exclusively LED Christmas lights. Sites such as holidayleds.com, ledholidaylighting.com and 1000bulbs.com are selling vast numbers of different LED lights. Surprising, the newer technology lends its hands to all the classics such as: white Christmas lights, blue Christmas lights and red Christmas lights.

Holidayleds.com, for example, sells six different colors – in addition to the previous three mentioned, the website also sells purple, orange, green or a set of multi-colored lights. Beside the color variations, these websites provide different shapes and designs. Holidayleds.com sells strings with the traditional bulb shape, spherical bulbs, wide angle bulbs, strawberry-shaped bulbs and novelty bulbs such as icicle lights and flower-shaped casings.

what kind of led xmas lights can i get 88 1Now you may wonder if you’ll be missing the functionality from your old incandescent lights that wrapped your Christmas tree in warmth. Not to worry – LED Christmas light manufacturers have kept your blinking and chasing lights in mind when designing new wallet-friendly products. The website christmaslightsetc.com sells your favorite multi-function light sets from 15 to 200 bulbs per string.

While the LED implementation into Christmas lights is still an ongoing process with a few kinks to work out, there is no doubt that the geniuses behind these lighting innovations are doing there best to serve the everyday, obsessive holiday decorator.