The Best Quality Christmas Lights

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Christmas lights are the heart of the Christmas celebration. All of us enjoy the ambiance and beauty of Christmas lights, whether it be the light on our trees, the lights that hang from our rooftops or the wreaths and garlands that decorate our downtowns. Today the best quality Christmas lights are quality made LED lights. There are many reasons why they are the best Christmas lights.

The Beauty of It All

  • LED Christmas lights are cool to the touch; they come in a wide variety of colors and, because of the diodes in them, their color is bright, clear and long lasting (they last a minimum of 50,000 hours). Variety is ample in LED Christmas lights. There are LED netting lights and trunk wraps for the outdoor landscape. There are LED Christmas silhouettes, Christmas rope lights and icicle lights. The stringer lights offer several styles of bulbs and functions. Due to the diodes and integrated circuit board, morphing lights, for example, slowly fade between colors; there are dimming LED lights that give a range of brightness, allowing you to control the power being used; there are falling icicles and blizzard lights that simulate falling snow. There are traditional type Christmas bulbs, there are mini bulbs, wide angle LED lights, round lights and battery operated lights.

LED versus Traditional Incandescent Lights

  • The energy used in incandescent Christmas lights cannot compare to the energy used in LED Christmas lights. LED Christmas lights use 80 to 90 percent less energy. A string of LED 70 mini lights uses 4.8 watts of energy; 25 C7 LED lights use 2.4 watts. 140 LEDs are equal to a 7 watt incandescent bulb. Incandescent Christmas lights are rated to last 3000 hours, whereas LED lights are designed to last many years (the given range is 50,000 to 200,000 hours). Incandescent bulbs are glass. Their color is created through painting them which means that the color can chip. Glass bulbs can break and they can be damaged in storage. LED bulbs are epoxy plastic and therefore unbreakable; storing them is easy. Their color won't chip. LED lights stay true -- they are flicker free due to their construction.

Terms to Know for Buying LED Christmas Lights

  • In the world of LED Christmas lights, these are terms to know: C7 lights, C9 lights, pre-lamped set and replacement bulbs. C7 and C9 refer to the type of bulb. A C9 is a larger, traditional "retro" type bulb -- like the original Christmas bulbs that have five bulb spacing. A C7 is a slightly smaller version of a C9 type bulb and it has three bulb spacing. A pre-lamped set refers to a stringer of Christmas lights that has permanent, non-removable bulbs. They are watertight because they are sealed in, thus they are able to be used indoors or out. Removable bulbs are LED bulbs that can go into an incandescent stringer, replacing the costlier energy incandescent bulbs.

Quality LED Lights

  • Quality LED lights cost a bit more than the LED lights you find at discount stores, but the difference in cost is well worth it. Cheaper LED lights do not have the same number of lights in their spacing and the stringers are shorter in length. Quality LED Christmas will have longer lengths and more lights in the spacing. Streb says that you must divide the price by the number of lights and length to get a true comparison of the cost of LED lights. Companies that sell quality LED Christmas lights will back them should something go wrong. Occasionally a stringer may be bad and the LED lights won't work. A seller of quality lights will exchange the light set for a good one.

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