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    Choosing Lights For Your Christmas Tree

    Choosing Lights For Your Christmas Tree

    How Many Lights For A Christmas Tree?

    It really depends how much sparkle you'd like, and in our opinion you can never have too many, but then we would say that! The above gives you a guide for what we'd recommend when using regular fairy lights.

    Bulbs & LEDs

    The size guide above is based on LEDs. These are normally 3mm (micro) or 5mm across. They're all just as bright! Other options are Candle lights, flickering bulbs and the like which can be used alongside or instead of LEDs for a more traditional look.

    Multifunction

    Multifunction controllers come with many lights and allow effects such as waves, slo glo, twinkling and steady on. All the controllers we sell have a built in memory, meaning they remember the last setting used.

    Lights without a multifunction controller have thinner wire.

    Timer

    Some sets come with a built in timer. When you turn the lights on they'll stay on for 6-8 hours  then go off, coming back on at the same time the next day. A great and simple to use feature! The timer can be overridden so the lights stay on.

    Indoor/Outdoor

    Most of the Christmas Tree Lights we sell are suitable for seasonal outside use as well as indoor use. Normally this means they're suitable to be used outside for a month or two, but are not designed to be left out all year round.

    The plugs always need to be inside, however that could mean inside a waterproof box.

    Colour

    Whilst colour is a personal preference, some colours are more popular in different years so come in and out of fashion. Check out our blog about Antique White! Also, consider if you want green/black or silver/transparent cable. Usually you'd use green/black on a green tree, and silver/transparent on a white tree, or no tree.

    Mains or Battery

    There's a whole range of battery lights available with built in timers, with one set of batteries lasting the whole season.

    Antique White???

    Antique White???

    White, Bright White, Ice White, Cool White, Warm White, Natural Light and now ... Antique White

    White LEDs come in different colour temperatures measured in Kelvin. Daylight is around 6000K, Traditional light bulbs around 2400K. It basically means how 'warm' or yellow the light is, with the lower number being warmer. Christmas light manufacturers don't quote Kelvin numbers though, instead they're categorised into:

    • WHITE - the same as Bright White, Ice White, Cool White, Bright White - these are the colour of the original white LEDs. A crisp, verging on blue, light
    • WARM WHITE - also known as Natural White - some people didn't like the Bright White LEDs being a totally different colour to traditional filament fairy lights, so Warm White came along. How 'Warm' they are can vary a lot
    • ANTIQUE WHITE: these are Really Warm Warm White! Similar to the white you get in retro vintage filament bulbs. They border on Amber and are the new white for 2016!

    We think it will be a hit. Amber has always been a popular colour and for adding warmth to your tree, Antique White could be just the thing!