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Why are half of my Christmas lights out?

Why are half of my Christmas lights out?

We hear this question from folks who are puzzled that their lights worked fine last season but are half out when they pull them out of storage. Or their lights suddenly half go out during installation.  What gives? Incandescent Christmas tree lights (aka mini...

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Measuring to hang Christmas lights – use your family!

Measuring to hang Christmas lights – use your family!

Any tips on measuring for how many feet of lights I'll need? After choosing the color and style of Christmas lights to install along your roofline, before purchasing, the next best step is measuing how many feet of light will be needed for the project. We'd like...

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Get this Look: A Gingerbread House She-Shed

Get this Look: A Gingerbread House She-Shed

After decorating the house and lawn for Christmas, why stop? Don't let she-sheds, workshops and storage buildings sit sad and dark for the holidays. Simple projects like this one might only require what is left over! For a project like this, you'll need about 50 feet...

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Comparing the Colors in Bubblegum Light Strings

Comparing the Colors in Bubblegum Light Strings

We love these "bubble gum" light strings. Also known as G12 LED (infinitely less descriptive), we love these lights because their lenses are as beautiful lit as they are unlit. These are three of our favorite colors. Classic green and blue flanking teal, the newcomer...

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Red and White Christmas Displays

Red and White Christmas Displays

.We've seen that the trend to decorate with alternating red and white bulbs - both LED and Glass - continues for the 2022 season. We love the flexibility that separately purchasing allows. We also love all the patterns that can be created. Red, white. Red, red, white....

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Get This Look: Multicolor Roof and Walkway

Get This Look: Multicolor Roof and Walkway

This Christmas light display uses classic glass multicolor bulbs installed in commercial C9 Christmas cords. We love the crisp lines along the roof and the curvy accented flowerbeds. Get this Look: Multicolor C9 Glass Bulbs and Cords! 500 Bulbs C9 Multi Transparent...

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Q/A: What do I use to line my roof?

Q/A: What do I use to line my roof?

After lighting a Christmas tree, lining a roofline is one of the first projects folks start with when decorating outdoors for Christmas. There are 4 basic components required to outline a roofline. Christmas light cord Bulbs Clips Gilbert Plugs 1. Christmas Light Cord...

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Get this Look: Light a glass block, add a bow!

Get this Look: Light a glass block, add a bow!

Fun project using craft lights We love how easy it is to create a "faux gift" with a glass block, a string of craft lights, and a bow that matches the surrounding decor. Twenty years ago, a hole had to be drilled through the...

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Get this Look: Fantastic LED Christmas Display

Get this Look: Fantastic LED Christmas Display

We love the look of this customer display. Built over several years, this display has grown to include several product lines. To match the look in this photo, consider the following collections of products. Roofline: LED Icicle lights Lights twisted into the garland...

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Get this Look: White Lights and Snow

Get this Look: White Lights and Snow

Minnesota Christmas Lights Installation We love the Minnesota snow in this customer's photo. We also loved what he had to say: Classic look I have these C9 LEDs outlining the front roofline of my house. I was a little concerned they wouldn't be very bright being...

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Get This Look: DIY Lighted Wine Bottles

Get This Look: DIY Lighted Wine Bottles

We developed our craft lights to work specifically for applications like this. Filling bottles with lights is fun. These projects are also fun to purchase at craft fairs - let someone else drill the hole at the base of the bottle. The customer who made the lovely...

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Are C7 and C9 bulbs the same?

Are C7 and C9 bulbs the same?

Great question, and we hear it several times a season. Short Answer: No, they are very similar but are different sizes. Longer Answer: C7 bulbs are shorter with smaller diameters than C9s. Both are installed in 18 AWG traditional Christmas light cords. Many of us...

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Christmas Lights Lingo!

Christmas Lights Lingo!

Common Christmas Lights Terminology and Vocabulary 5mm This is a shape of LED lens that is about the shape of and slightly smaller than a pencil eraser. It has been referred to as "wide angle" and "conical" in the past since there is a cone shape molded into the lens...

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Get This Look: Using Gilbert Plugs

Get This Look: Using Gilbert Plugs

Brian from Oregon purchased 100-foot Christmas light cords, cut them to length, and used gilbert plugs to connect the lights to power and to each other. Here is what he had to say: Easy to UseGreat product and super easy to use. I bought 2 100ft rolls so I could make...

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Mini Light Spacing Discussed

Mini Light Spacing Discussed

There are 3 standard spacings for mini lights. Choosing the best spacing is essential for a polished project and can be tricky. We hope a quick visual will help you decide. Here are those three spacings: Standard Christmas Light Spacing A word about lengths of...

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Get This Look: Our Christmas Angel

Get This Look: Our Christmas Angel

Ed from Crawford, TX sent us this photo of his beautiful angel project. Here is what he had to say: Earlier this year I contacted you for help in securing lights and clips for our Christmas Angel. We had the angel for years but weather and time took their toll on not...

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Get this Look: Light a Cozy Cabin for Christmas!

Get this Look: Light a Cozy Cabin for Christmas!

Thank you, Jose, for sharing photos of how G12 warm white lights made the Holiday season brighter in your home. Love the fact that these lights do not flicker. Just what I was looking for. Thanks so much .Miami, FL 2021 Flicker occurs when LED lights aren't adequately...

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Get This Look: Icicle Lights and Bungalows

Get This Look: Icicle Lights and Bungalows

Warm white LED icicle lights make a cheerful statement on this 1910-era Craftsman bungalow. Fourteen sets were installed end to end to light the peak of the house and wrapped to accent the porte cochere. The small trees on either side of the steps are lit with...

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LED Bulbs: Comparing the Whites! 2022 Edition

LED Bulbs: Comparing the Whites! 2022 Edition

This year, we are releasing Natural Pure White, the third available color white in our LED product line. Commercial C9 LED bulbs with E17 bases and 5mm light strings have been released for the 2022 season. More versions will follow next year. Here is a photo comparing...

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Get this Look: A Multiple Color Christmas!!

Get this Look: A Multiple Color Christmas!!

Thank you, Stephen, for sending us photos of your Christmas lights display. We enjoyed seeing the fun color combinations created using different styles of plug-and-play LED Christmas light strings. Projects like this are based on the types of products listed below....

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Get this Look: A Multicolor Traditional Christmas

Get this Look: A Multicolor Traditional Christmas

We love Wade's traditional outlined roofline for Christmas. Using triple-dipped glass bulbs, the color is rich and nostalgic. Standard glass bulbs have two coats of paint. As the name implies, triple-dipped have three resulting in rich colors at the tradeoff of being...

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Get this Look: A Vision in Blue

Get this Look: A Vision in Blue

We really appreciate that Robert sent us a photo of this fantastic project. This look is achieved with a project list that starts with these products. Materials C9 Christmas Light CordsPure White C9 LED bulbsBlue C9 LED bulbsBlue LED Christmas light...

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Get this Look: Light a Church

Get this Look: Light a Church

We love a classic white outline. Warm white LED bulbs allow churches to light up for Christmas at a fraction of the electricity required by traditional glass C9 bulbs. I have just installed these o-rings on the up-facing sockets. It rained before I installed them so...

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Top 10 Christmas Lights Questions

Top 10 Christmas Lights Questions

We've been answering customer questions for 16 (almost 17!) years. Here are a few of the technical questions we hear most often. How do I light a really large tree? This project provides a great reference for large tree projects....

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