For many people, Christmas lights are just as much a part of the yuletide season as presents under the tree.
After all, who doesn’t love driving through neighborhoods where the houses are all decked out with extravagant Christmas light displays (think Dyker Heights in Brooklyn, NY)? The colors and decorations make a lasting impression on the hearts and minds of all those who love the Christmas season, evoking feelings of joy, excitement and anticipation for kids and adults alike.
For the hardcore holiday enthusiast, it’s never too early to start shopping for Christmas lights. The only problem is that it can be a little confusing to figure out what are the different types of Christmas lights, especially when there are so many different shapes, styles and sizes to choose from.
Whether you’re looking to stock up on the classic C7 and/or C9 lights, or if you want to venture into newer realms of Christmas-inspired illumination by scooping up some LED lights, it is important for you to be familiar with the advantages and drawbacks of each type of Christmas light, so that you can get a good idea of what will be the best choice for your preferences and lighting style. But before we get into the details of each major type of Christmas light, let’s get some basic information out of the way first.
Indoor vs Outdoor Christmas Lights
One of the most important things to pay attention to when you’re shopping for Christmas lights is whether the lights are intended for indoor or outdoor use. If the bulbs are labeled “indoor only”, that means that they are perfect for indoor settings, but they are not durable enough to withstand the rigors of exposure to the outdoor elements, especially in regions where the winters are particularly harsh.
On the other hand, bulbs that are labeled “outdoor only” should not be used indoors, as they can get pretty hot and may even pose a fire hazard. No matter what type of Christmas lights you’re looking for, make sure that you double-check their intended usage parameters so that you will choose lights that fit the type of purpose you have in mind for them.
The Fäîrÿ set of lights can be used both indoors and outdoors.
C7 And C9 Bulbs: The Traditional Christmas Lights
C7 and C9 Christmas lights have traditionally been the most popular types of Christmas lights, having first been introduced for household use around the mid-1950s. These timeless classics are typically what most people think of when they hear the phrase “Christmas lights”. C7 and C9 are actually two different types of bulb sizes, with the C7 lights measuring 2 inches long and the C9 lights measuring 3 inches long. They come in practically every color you can think of, but you can go with plain white bulbs if you so choose.
C7 and C9 lights commonly feature bulbs that screw into the sockets, enabling you to replace faulty or burned-out bulbs when you need to. While these bulbs are far and away the most commonly used types of Christmas lights on the market, they have a few drawbacks that you will definitely need to be aware of before you go on a shopping spree for C9 and C9 bulbs:
1. They are very fragile (as anyone who has tried to string up a set of C7 or C9 lights can attest), and can be easily be shattered. Sometimes dropping or even shaking the light string too hard can break the filaments or cause them to short out.
2. They are not very energy efficient at all. In fact, they typically emit a significant amount of heat, which can sometimes make them unsafe for extended indoor use. Even the Christmas lights that are marked for indoor use should not be kept on 24/7, otherwise they can burn too hot. While C7 and C9 lights aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, they have slightly declined in popularity in favor of other types of lights that are more durable and more energy efficient, such as LED lights.
The Fäîrÿ set of lights are shatter-proof, run on only 3 AA batteries and don’t emit any heat at all.
LED Lights vs Traditional Christmas Lights
LED (Light Emitting Diode) Christmas lights have surged in popularity in recent years due to their excellent energy efficiency, as well as their versatility and durability. Similar to traditional (C7 and C9) Christmas lights, LED lights come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, but the cool thing about these lights is that they never become hot or even warm.
In addition, they are nowhere near as fragile as traditional Christmas lights; they can be dropped, shaken or hit and they will still remain in working order. Not only are they remarkably vibrant and aesthetically pleasing, but they are also far easier on the wallet as well in terms of energy costs; in fact, it is estimated that you can reduce your Christmas lighting energy expenses by up to 90% by switching to LED lights.
Although some Christmas lighting purists frown upon LED lights because they perceive them to be less traditional and somewhat less genuine, this is largely a matter of personal preference. For all intents and purposes, LED Christmas lights are a solid choice if you want a brilliant, durable and energy efficient Christmas lighting display.
Each ornament in the Fäîrÿ set of lights has one LED bulb.
How To Choose The Right LED Christmas Lights?
One of the first determinations you will need to make when choosing LED Christmas lights is whether you want solid white bulbs or multi-colored bulbs. If you choose solid white bulbs, you should consider whether you want clear bulbs, which will emit a very vibrant light, or frosted bulbs, which give a more muted look to the light.
It is also important to consider the size of the bulbs, as this will play a significant part in the overall look and feel of your decorative arrangement. For example, larger bulbs tend to look better outside, as they can seem overpowering when illuminated indoors. Smaller bulbs on the other hand are perfect for wrapping your indoor Christmas tree, or adorning your fireplace mantel or staircase banister. In addition, keep in mind that LED light strands are incredibly versatile, so take the time to determine if you want the lights to change colors, or if you want them to be solid or blink.
Each ornament in the Fäîrÿ set of lights is 3.1 inch (8cm) in size and is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use.
Solar Powered vs Battery Operated Christmas Lights
Solar powered Christmas lights are another environmentally friendly lighting choice, but they can be somewhat expensive. Many people consider the higher price tag of solar powered Christmas lights to be a decent trade-off due to their long-term cost effectiveness in terms of energy usage. The main drawback of solar powered lights is that they typically don’t illuminate with the same brightness as regular electricity-powered lights.
One way to get the “best of both worlds” is to choose battery operated Christmas lights. Think about it: They can be strung up basically anywhere because no power outlets are required for them to work, and they also offer a nice bright shine that is essentially no different than what you will get with electricity-powered lights. If you choose battery operated Christmas lights, make sure to use fresh non-rechargeable batteries for best results.
The Fäîrÿ set of lights operate on both rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries; you will need 3AA batteries.
Alright, there you have it…a complete guide to the different types of Christmas lights. Keep this information in mind when shopping for your holiday lighting supplies, and however you choose to use the Fäîrÿ Christmas decorations, make it look great!