Outdoor Lighting Decorations-Tips & Reviews

Outdoor-lighted decorations can really add some zest to your Christmas holiday decorating. Many people concentrate on decorating the inside of their homes or apartments. However, another group enjoys extending those decorations to the outside. For them, the sky is the limit when it comes to outdoor Christmas decorations. When you drive by existing homes that have outdoor decorations, you will note that these decorations fall into four primary categories:Traditional outdoor-lighted decorations, LED lighting, Specialty lighting, Other outdoor-lighted decorations or lawn art, Traditional Outdoor Lighting decorations.

These easy, quick fix decorations seemingly do not take a lot of effort. Just follow these simple instructions and you too will have an eye-catching display: Dust off the box of outdoor Christmas lights from last year. These could be the large C6, C7 or C9 bulbs with screw in bases. Other traditional lights include icicle lights and mini-lights. Inspect each string of lights for any broken or frayed wires. If any are discovered, discard them and get new strings. Do not try to repair them. Test each string for working lights by plugging them in to an active electrical socket. Replace any burned out bulbs. If outlining the roof of your house or garage with lights, be sure to use a sturdy ladder on a level footing.
LED (light-emitting diode) lights
These outdoor-lighting decorations do not take much more effort to place than the traditional decorations mentioned above. The advantage of these lights is that they are smaller and emit very little heat. Consequently, they have a lesser risk of fire than the C6, C7, or C9 lights. You may find that because of this you can use them in more outdoor places than you thought. In addition, they use less electricity, which will either lower your bill or allow you to use more lights. Rope lights may be either incandescent lights or LED lights. Rope lights allow you to arrange Christmas lights in hard to place areas or in areas where you wish to have a more subdued lighting affect. Since rope lights are lights enclosed in a tube, you can cut these to the length required without harming the string.

Specialty Lighting

I have included net lighting as a type of specialty lighting. In a traditional lighting setting, the homeowner would string some lights together and arrange them a row at a time on the hedgerow or wrap them individually around a tree trunk. Net lights are lights arranged in a mesh or net pattern, which allows for quick installation by just placing it over the bush or tree. There are other specialty lights such as teardrop shaped, strawberry shaped, or globe shaped lights that add their own unique perspective to your lighting design. Other outdoor-lighted decorations or lawn art. Lawn art is making its presence known throughout the country. Made from weather resistant materials, these lighted-outdoor decorations take many shapes. Wire molds shaped to resemble animals and outlined with mini-lights are quite popular. Ease of installation is one of the primary selling points for this decoration.

For the person using outdoor Christmas decorations, many commercially manufactured decorations are available. Adding the illusion of motion to characters and other shapes, a lighting controller used to synchronize lighting effects becomes a useful accessory. You may find a waving Santa, a Christmas train with turning wheels, or even an animated flying school teaching Santa’s reindeer how to fly. A homeowner may also find lighted inflatable decorations to augment their lighted-outdoor decorations. Some of these may even have snow falling or other animation included. With traditional lighting, LED lighting, specialty lighting or other lawn art, you can make your front lawn the envy of the neighborhood and share your Christmas joy with those that pass by. When it comes to lighted-outdoor decorations for the Christmas holiday season, you really do have a choice.