I really enjoy the sights of Christmas, particularly the tree ornaments. Nothing sets off a nicely decorated tree like bright Christmas lights.
LED -- light emitting diode -- lights are state of the art lights that have minimum replacement and maintenance requirements, are impact-resistant, and feature very low temperature gain during operation -- cool to the touch. That makes them ideal for Christmas lighting.
After the jump, LED Christmas lights.
LED Christmas lights are available in a huge variety of colors and styles, but they all have several common characteristics. They are hard to break, they are long-lasting, and they don't get hot, as incandescent bulbs will.
Let's get started --
I like retro Christmas bulbs -- particularly the kind that bubbled when they heated up. Like these bubble lights, from Brite Star. Shown at the left, there are 10 color-changing lamps in a case and their globes are located on a 12' cord at 12" spacing. Energy efficient and a three year warranty.
Sylvania offers a 50 light LED faceted, tear drop lamp set. The multi-colored bulbs are cool to the touch, shock-resistant (almost indestructible) and never need replacing or maintenance. Pictured at the right.
Home Accents will make your tree brighter with the addition of a 50 light LED White Dome Light set; they feature a maintenance-free 20 year life, and are, of course, cool to the touch. Shown at the left. If you prefer multi-colored lamps, this set is pictured at the right.
A family down the street from me has a very tall white pine tree that they encircle with rope lights each Christmas season; a rope light similar to this one from Brite Star. It arrives with a pair of 12' flat ropes and can be used indoors or out of doors, as my neighbors do. The effect is very striking.
Home Accents makes these faceted, multi-colored, LED lamps that are virtually unbreakable and cool to the touch. They arrive on a convenient spool; I like this idea. A spool makes the removal of tree lights a bunch easier. Shown at the right.
If you're a fan of pre-lighted Christmas trees, say no more. Here are a couple of the best:
A Frasier Fir LED tree, with 504 pre-installed lamps, from GE. It's 7.5 feet tall, has more than 1700 branch tips that hold the multi-colored constant-on lights, comes with a metal stand, and is a two tone green in color. A very pretty tree, in my view, and pictured left.
If you like spruce trees, this Lawrence Spruce LED tree is 9' tall and 5' wide, has low sweeping branches, and 850 pinecone-shaped LED lamps. Dark green foliage completes this outdoor tree. A beauty.
LED Christmas lights offer a number of advantages over their incandescent predecessors -- long life and low maintenance being the foremost.
This is prime Christmas tree light shopping season -- think LED's.