Christmas Lights are very popular during the holiday season because it gives life to our Christmas decorations. They come in different styles and prices. So here are some tips in buying the right Christmas lights for your home at a reasonable price.
Compute the area where the Christmas lights will be used.
You have to measure the exact length of the area where you will place the lights then add a few inches depending on where your power outlet is located. So if you are planning to hang them outside your home, determine the length of your home as well as the distance to the power outlet.
However, if you plan to place the Christmas lights on your Christmas tree, you can use a tape measure to determine the exact length of the Christmas lights that you will need to buy.
Find out how many strands of Christmas lights you need.
This will depend on your measurements of the area needed to be covered with Christmas lights and length of strands of Christmas lights you will purchase. For example, your measurement is 50 feet and each strand of Christmas lights measures 10 feet, then you will need 5 strands of Christmas lights.
It is also advisable to use shorter strands of Christmas lights so that you can easily replace them if one strand gets damaged.
Determine the type of Christmas Lights you need.
To easily determine the type of Christmas lights, you need to know your purpose of your Christmas light. Will you be hanging them outside your home? Are you planning to have indoor Christmas lights together with your Christmas tree?
Once you know your purpose then check out the features of Christmas lights which include bulbs, strand type and plug style.
o Bulbs: The bulbs can be in different sizes, shapes and color. You need to determine your Christmas holiday motif so that you can select Christmas lights that match your other decorations. Then, decide on the number of bulbs you prefer because Christmas lights vary in the number of bulbs per strand. Look in the package and you will see the number of bulbs included in the Christmas lights.
You also have to check the wattage of each bulb because the illumination of your decoration will depend on the wattage and number of bulbs you will use. Moreover, bulbs have different lightning effect. Some bulbs can have a steady glow while others blink in different ways. So choose the Christmas lights with the bulb that you will love.
o Strand type: The strand of Christmas lights can either have serial or parallel wiring. In a serial wiring, all bulb will not light up if one of them is broken. Thus, it is best to have a Christmas lights that has parallel wiring so that even if one of the bulb is damaged, all other bulbs will still illuminate.
o Plug style: Select an end to end style of plug if you are planning to use several strands of Christmas lights. This will allow you to easily connect all strands of lights together. But if your decorations will only require one strand of Christmas lights, then the plug style may not be that important.
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