Christmas Lights Archives

If you are considering vintage Christmas lights to adorn your home this winter, your head may well be full of the romance of recreating displays from past eras. As you look through the old Christmas photos and see the shinning examples of real candles with actual flames adorning Victorian fir trees, you will probably dismiss this idea as a dangerous impractical solution for your home and you will be correct. Can you imagine the ensuing carnage of having real flames on your tree? Please do consider the insanity of such an idea and look to alternative solutions. There are some effective electric candle lights that look good and will certainly conjure up the image you require for the Christmas video. There are a number of highly practical aspects you will need to consider before you splash out on your old fashioned accessories or purchase your retro Christmas party decorations as well as any indoor or outdoor string lights or any other type of lighting.

Vintage Christmas Tree Lights

You will probably be scanning old photography collections for classic ideas for
old style vintage Christmas light display ideas. Safety has to be your first consideration though and if you are scouring garage sales/yard sales or car boot sales if you are in the UK for original or antique lights you have to be realistic about safety. If you intend to use electrical items you must have a professional check them out for safety. In the case of vintage outdoor Christmas lights you really would be insane to even contemplate such an idea without completely replacing the inner electrical workings of the lights. Consider this additional expense and factor the cost in to your purchases.

You will also need a good supply of vintage Christmas light bulbs to replenish your lights. Remember the modern day lights operate in a totally different way to the old style classics and if one bulb blows you will lose all the lights, so do discuss the options with your qualified electrical contractor to establish what you will need. If a totally new electrical refit means you can use modern replacements you will be in a better position to maintain your display.

Reproductions or Collectables

There are reproductions around so if you are looking for a particular style like vintage Christmas bubble lights it is worth seeing what is available. Take a picture of what you want to achieve shopping with you. Sometimes you can find alternatives that will still give you the required ambience without all the hassle. It may be a more practical solution to collect used non electrical original decorations, like the classic Christmas bells that have the art of the era with none of the dangers. You may find your interest in collectable decorations for the festive period becomes a hobby as your knowledge grows and your interest in the rarer and most collectable items becomes your focus. Older decorations are extremely fragile and often complex in design and home made from cotton or maybe delicate glass. They require a lot of care when being handled and stored. Do not be tempted to pop your best ornaments on the tree if you have a cat that likes to explore the branches or your visitors have unruly children.

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Christmas Lights – Outdoor String Lights

There was a time when outdoor string lights were quite a novelty item only seen in shops and Christmas light displays, or maybe on exotic holidays. Nowadays outdoor string lighting is a popular attractive and effective choice that you see everywhere and it is very accessible to the average person without breaking the bank. If you are worried about energy and in this day and age we all need to conserve energy and protect our planet, try solar string lights. Outdoor entertaining at night using the suns rays collected in the day should relieve a little of the guilt. No matter where you are on the globe, you should be able to make use of exterior lights without compromising your principles.

Light Up Your Life

When you think of areas where you have seen outdoor string lights, restaurant, bar, or patio will probably spring to mind, or you may associate them with Christmas. As outdoor dining becomes more popular and you tend to invite guests to languish on the patio rather than in the dining rooms, you will want to find ways to make your outdoor areas more comfortable and inviting. Try coupling an outdoor string light with some candles, or tiki torches as the combination of the lighting can really change the ambience of the area. Pier One always have lots of brilliant ideas for outside entertaining so do check out the latest ranges. Bed Bath and Beyond also have a fine range of outdoor lanterns to compliment any garden yard or patio area.

Safety First

If you want to string Christmas lights outside in any weather but particularly in winter when rain or snow are much more likely, make sure to read the safety information as often you have to keep the transformer indoors or in a waterproof container . It can be easily done if you have a box or small table to put the transformer on, plastic is good to avoid the box drawing moisture from the ground up and then a simple bucket to cover the whole thing. Tree lights will also often need extension leads so again be particularly vigilant and ask for advice from the store when purchasing.

Lowes have a good range of smaller novelty string lights, but if you are looking for hanging lights for a large garden, you may have to go to a specialist lighting store. Bed Bath and Beyond do have a small range of party lights though. Bamboo lights are really effective outdoor patio string lights, and look good in most environments, be it cafe or patio. Pottery Barn have some really lovely items that could complete your theme, be it indoors or out.

Rope lights always look good indoors also and can have a really dramatic effect and make all the difference to a room wherever they are used. They are not just the domain of Christmas or youngsters bedrooms, so consider a string of rope lights around a mirror to add interest and reflect light. If you have an outdoor mirror, again this is a splendid idea for maximum effect.

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