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Christmas Lights Buying Guide

Christmas Lights

There are many options to choose from when deciding between LED and incandescent Christmas lights. Use this handy guide to determine which lights will best suit your Christmas decorating plans.

Types of Christmas Lights

Holiday Lights

Holiday Decorations

LED (light-emitting diode) lights:

  • Use up to 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs
  • Last an average of 20,000 hours
  • Burn at a lower temperature — reducing the risk of fire

Incandescent lights:

  • Are more affordable than LEDs
  • Have a warm glow
  • Come in many colors and styles

Styles of Christmas Lights

Large bulb lights (also known as C5, C7 and C9) create visual impact and have a retro feel.

Battery-powered lights are great for displays that aren't near a power source or are located where cords could be unsafe.

Animated lights add action to your holiday display.

Net lights and icicle lights are already strung together into forms, making it easy to get a uniform look. Plus, they give your home a snow-covered display.