Get This Look: Classic Tudor with C9 LED Christmas Lights

Get This Look: Classic Tudor with C9 LED Christmas Lights

We love this traditional Christmas light installation on a 1930’s Tudor home. Twelve-inch spacing is classic and most often used in commercial installations.

Posted on Instagram, @landparktutor had this to say:

In case you want to do a GTL: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We customized classic C9 faceted soft LED lights. This allowed us to connect multiple strands and cut them to perfectly fit our roofline and dormers. We ended up spacing out the bulbs 12” from another for a more historic look.

– @landparktutor

To try this project at your home, start with the following materials.

classic C9 faceted soft LED lights

Warm White C9 LED Lights on Classic Tutor

We love the simple lines of a classic home outlined for Christmas. This guide lists the materials you'll need to recreate this look at home.

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Notes

Be sure not to run more than 250 continuous feet of 18 AWG wire, regardless of the type of bulb used. 
Use common sense and best safety practices when installing Christmas lights. 
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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. 

Comparing the Colors in Bubblegum Light Strings

These are three of our favorite colors. Classic green and blue flanking teal, the newcomer on the block.

You’ll notice that the teal swings to the blue side of the color spectrum. The color looks pretty blue until it’s put next to “pure” blue. 

Our favorite ways to use these lights for Christmas include:

  • Indoor Christmas tree mixed with colorful ornaments
  • Wrapping outdoor tree trunks
  • Accenting wreaths and garlands

The LEDs are spaced 4 inches apart and come in either 50 or 70 lights to the string based on color.

Choose your favorite colors out of all of the G12 lights.

 

All the Colors

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. Red, red, white, white. (You get the picture!)

Here are a few of our favorite Get this Look houses that use alternated red and white bulbs. Each post includes a photo and a materials list to use as a starting point for your project. Be sure to add 10% to your length estimate to allow for a margin of error.

Having an extra box or two of glass bulbs is handy to account for breakage during installation and unexpected hail storms.

Add a pop of another color as an accent!

Get This Look: Accenting roofline peaks with LED bulbs

Get This Look: Accenting roofline peaks with LED bulbs

We love the happy combination of bulbs and cords used along the roofline of this home mixed with different colors of light strings to accent flowerbeds, trees, and the mailbox!

This customer chose the white wiring color of the C9 cord to match the color of trim.

Get This Look: Accenting roofline peaks with LED bulbs
Get This Look: Accenting roofline peaks with LED bulbs

Showcase Roof Peaks with LED Bulbs and Cords

Get This Look: Accenting roofline peaks with LED bulbsChristmas Light Source Design Team

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Installation Tips
 

  • Install bulbs into cords and pre-install clips, if the style allows, before beginning installation
  • Turn bulbs counter-clockwise (backwards) a 1/4 turn before installing bulbs to reduce the chance of cross threading
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Originally published March 12, 2021 6:53 pm. Updated November 7, 2022.

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

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 entire thickness of the block and required a sure hand, special equipment, and safety glasses. Now, hobby stores carry glass blocks that are open on one short side making it easy to pop in a favorite light string. We like to use “craft lights” that are made with a single male plug and a 36″ length of wire between the plug and first bulb.

To see all of the craft lights, click here.

Remember that glass lights will heat up during operation and should not be “crammed” into a small space or capped off so heat can’t escape. Overheating will burn off paint and shorten the lifespan of the light string.

For more information, here are a few more blogs to read on this topic.

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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 on the columns: Multicolor LED Christmas string lights

Outlining walkways: Rope lights

Lights in the garland on the balcony: Glass multicolor light strings (Note their slightly different color than the LED strings around the windows and in the garland on the columns.)

We love this display because it demonstrates a passion for Christmas lights, a wide assortment of lights, and the teamwork involved in installing and taking down these lights every season.

Get this Look: Fantastic LED Christmas Display
Get this Look: White Lights and Snow

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 spaced 1 ft apart, but they light up the place quite nicely and I really like the warm white look. They’ve also proved durable, as I had my three young kids help screw them into the cord sockets without any breaks!

Josh, 2020

Here is a recipe for this project. Use it as a launching place for your

Get this Look: White Lights and Snow

Get this Look: Opaque LED Bulbs and Cords to Outline a MN Home

An easy, elegant Christmas display.

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Notes

Purchase a male plug wherever your Christmas display plan indicates where the cord will be cut to fit and plugged into an outlet or splitter. The 100-foot cords are manufactured with one male plug, so depending on your plan, you might not need additional plugs. 
Female gilbert (vampire) plugs are used to terminate cords.
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Get This Look: Using Gilbert Plugs

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 Use

Great product and super easy to use.

I bought 2 100ft rolls so I could make my own light string to match my house. Super easy to use, great product.

Brian, Gresham, Or

December 2021

It’s worthwhile to order a few extra gilbert or vampire plugs on any project using C7 or C9 Christmas light cord.

Wondering how many plugs to plan for your project and how to install them? Check out these posts.

Get This Look: Using Gilbert Plugs
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 “rectified”. Or better said, the AC voltage powering the light sets or bulbs is not smoothed or rectified by electronics in the light set, bulb, or fixture.

The LEDs are flashing on and off as standard AC power is cycling through its voltage waveform. High-quality LED light strings are manufactured with rectifying circuitry at the beginning and often in the middle of the set. While flicker cannot be eliminated entirely, the effects are minimal when the electricity is smoothed by these inline rectifiers.

For more information and a lovely drawing of an electricity waveform, check out this post.

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 incandescent light strings. A slight pinkish tinge compared to warm white gives them away but the two kinds of lights blend quite nicely in this Christmas display.

We like to use either clips tailored to use specifically for icicle light sets along rooflines or clips with little hooks that work for icicle lights when installing along gutters like these universal clips.

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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 this new color with warm and pure white. We love the nearly neutral, rich color of Natural Pure.

LED Bulbs: Comparing the Whites! 2022 Edition

These bulbs are compatible with standard commercial C9 Christmas cords with E17 bases.

The warm white looks a tad more yellow in this photo when compared to pure and natural pure whites than it does “in person”. It continues to be our favorite color when mixed with glass bulbs and string lights.

By themselves, all of these colors appear fairly neutral but occupy different areas of the light spectrum.

Let’s see the light strings! In a slightly different order than the photo of the bulbs, natural pure is between the OG colors.

LED Bulbs: Comparing the Whites! 2022 Edition

We often hear from folks shopping for LED Christmas lights in the same color family as lights they have purchased. We hope that these photos will be of help to you if you are building on the foundation of an existing display.

Building a new display? Choose a favorite. (Remember that natural pure is not available yet in icicles or net lights.)

To continue researching, see this blog post comparing warm white to glass bulbs.


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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. Lengths and quantities will be based on your project measurements.

Materials

This project used the G12 strings to light the trees and shrubs. This project uses 14 sets of green G12 LED strings, 12 blue, and 4 pure white.

The roofline was outlined with 20 sets of C7 lights. Since up to 87 sets of lights can be run in series, installation is quick and easy. An extension cord may not even be required.

For future projects, matching light strings can be used on interior Christmas trees and the lights can be repurposed for parties.

To achieve the maximum life span for these string lights, we suggest that all LED light strings (and bulbs) be plugged into outdoor-rated surge protectors.


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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 slightly dimmer. These bulbs are glass and incandescent so they will heat up under operation.

To achieve a look like this, start with these product groups. Choose your favorite colors and cords. This project uses a traditional 12-inch spacing with green wire.

Materials

This type of installation is also complemented well by installing lights around the yard or along the drive with stakes.

More photos of this project for inspiration!

A Canadian Christmas
A Canadian Christmas
Get this Look: A Multicolor Traditional Christmas
Mini Lights – Changing a Fuse

Mini Lights – Changing a Fuse

“Help! My Christmas lights set has gone completely out!”

If an entire set of mini lights has gone out, more than likely, you’ve blown a fuse. This commonly happens when too many mini lights sets are connected in series.

In most sets of Christmas lights, there are one or two fuses located in the male plug. If too many sets are connected in series, they will draw more current than the sets can handle safely and the fuses will “blow”. Unplugging the sets and replacing the fuses should restore them.

Replacement fuses are usually packaged with replacement bulbs in tiny little bags and taped to the Christmas light strings near the male plug. Be sure to collect these little bags into labeled bags for the future.

Using a small short flathead screwdriver, slide back a little door on the male plug and use a small flathead screwdriver – the kind that is used to open little screws on battery doors – to gently pry out the burned-out fuse and gingerly install a fresh fuse.

If replacing the fuse does not solve the “lights-out” issue, an alternative issue might be an unseated bulb. So, if your fuses are OK, look for a damaged bulb base or unseated bulb. If a bulb is damaged, use one of the included extra bulbs as a replacement.

Here is a quick video on where to find and how to replace the fuse in your set of mini lights. We’ve also included a quick blog post about stringing too many Christmas lights together.

Changing a fuse in Christmas Lights

Originally published on November 4, 2011 3:30 pm. Updated October 5, 2022.

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 the sockets had some water in them. The o-rings are easy to install and provide a tight fit around the bulb. I believe they will stop water from getting in the sockets

Joe K.

This project uses the following materials. Quantities will depend on project lengths and the spacing between bulbs. Consider adding about 10% to your measurements to account for variations in rooflines, unaccounted areas, and “swag” in the Christmas light cord.

Materials

Get this Look: Light a Church
Church Christmas Lights
Church Christmas Lights

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Get This Look: LED Trees!

Get This Look: LED Trees!

Get This Look: LED Trees!

We love this festive family of wire-frame and (and one natural) Christmas trees!

Jim W. had this to say about them:

Excellent products & Quick Delivery

LED 5 mm lights were excellent for my Christmas project. Green wiring also contributed to the nice appearance.

These lights were used on the 6 stand up Christmas trees shown.

Overnight delivery is a plus and hard to find solid colors are available at the Christmas Light Source.

Christmas Light Source is Highly recommended and I am a regular customer and excellent service has been extended on each order over the past several years. Light Source is the place to go for special light needs that can’t be found in most retail outlets.

Each wire tree is lit with strings of 5mm LED Christmas lights. Colors used: blue, orange, green, purple, teal, yellow, and red LEDs on green wire. The frame of each tree is three rods (found at a local hardware store) secured at the top with wire ties.

Jim’s yard didn’t spring up all at once but began with a single tree in 2017. We love what a single project has grown into. After the Christmas season, lights are unwrapped and the rods are stored for next year. Roll the lights into balls (like yarn) and store in a sealed container out of the summer heat.

Tomato cages also make great frontyard frames. We made them into cute ghosts.


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Get this Look: Multicolor LED Display

Get this Look: Multicolor LED Display

Absolutely stunning.

I love these lights! I was a little nervous as I hadn’t tried the smaller M5 lights as LED; I still had all incandescent for those. I guess what better way to see if they’re “okay” than to go all out and get them in icicle lights?? I’m so glad I did. We regularly get people slowing down to see the lights, honking, and stopping to tell us how much they love seeing them. I definitely recommend these!! I just ordered some straight LED strings to complete the look and replace the last of my incandescents. But here’s how my home is now, before replacing the last bit!

Emily G.

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Materials

We love traditional styling using new-style LED sets. Well done!

Get this Look: Multicolor LED Display
Get this Look: Multicolor LED Display

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Get this Look: Light an Outdoor Fireplace

Get this Look: Light an Outdoor Fireplace

As cooler weather approaches (and it can’t come soon enough for us!) we love to see how folks are using simple light strings to make a huge impact in their indoor and outdoor spaces.

This project uses 4 sets of G12 orange LED light strings. The cute round LED cover lenses are round and about the size of a large blueberry.

Here is what DeCel had to say:

These orange lights are absolutely perfect for Fall. I put them on my outdoor fireplace around the mantel with a wreath that I wrapped these lights around and it is beautiful! They are so pretty and bright and I love the round look of the lights as well.

We hope you are inspired to add warm lights this Fall. See a curated collection of lights most chosen for Halloween here.

Get this Look: Light an Outdoor Fireplace
Get This Look: Pure White LED Outline

Get This Look: Pure White LED Outline

This quick Christmas lights installation combines commercial-style multi-application clips, stakes, pure white LED C9 bulbs, and a standard commercial C9 cord.

Here is what the customer had to say:

The lights are nice and bright. I personally would consider these a cool white. Everything on the roof line in the picture are these lights. The lights on all the bushes, garage, railing, and door frame are pure white lights from Menards. Was hoping they would match a little more closely. I may just have to replace the lights from Menards eventually.

Ryan J.

This review addresses the difficulty in matching LED colors from different manufacturers. At a glance, the bulbs and cords are similar but do not exactly match the nets and light strings from Menards but they do blend nicely. The key is to stay within the color family for white LEDs. Think of them as two camps: cool (leans to an icier end of the spectrum) or warm (more yellow-toned).

Projects incorporating traditional glass mini light strings (for example, yard sculptures with glass strings installed) consider heading to the warmer LED family for complementary Christmas Lights.

We like this sweet Christmas display that includes almost every component of a well-rounded installation with the roofline, yard edge, hedges, doors, and an outdoor Christmas tree all lit for the Holidays. Well done!

Get This Look: Pure White LED Outline

Get This Look: Pure White LED Outline

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Get this Look: Light Up a Truck for Christmas

Get this Look: Light Up a Truck for Christmas

Larry has been a long time customer of 12-volt multicolor Christmas lights.

Here is what he had to say:

Look great

I have ordered sets of these and have them on our vehicles and my son put them on his boat and golf cart. All work perfectly and get lots of compliments.

These light sets work so well on vehicles for the following reasons:

  • 12 volt DC – ready to run off the vehicle battery
  • A standard male accessory adapter plug
  • Heavier duty wiring tailored for both indoor and outdoor use
  • Sealed LEDs to resist water penetration
  • Coaxial-style connecting plugs have a firm grip and provide a water-resistant connection.
  • Up to 30 of the 9.5 foot light sections can be connected end to end with a single adapter cord

We love to see how customers are using 12 volt light strings on their cars. See these articles for more inspiration:

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Get this Look: Light Up a Truck for Christmas
Get this Look: Light Jack-o’-lanterns!

Get this Look: Light Jack-o’-lanterns!

This project is lit with a single box of 25 C7 smooth orange LED bulbs installed in the customer’s C7 Christmas Cord. They use SMD style LEDs so are about 30% brighter than last generation bulbs. They fit a standard commercial 10 AWG C7 cord with E12 sockets. (That’s the same size as a night light if you aren’t sure what cord you have on hand.)

Here is what Patrick had to say:

I was looking for replacements for my C7 incandescent bulbs, found the Minleon and was very excited. These fit the bill very nicely, color is perfect and the brightness rivals the incandescent bulbs. This year only using indoors so cannot speak for how they handle the elements, will try that next year. Shipping was quick. I’ve attached some pictures the bulbs are in the Pumpkins only.

Additional photos of this fun project:

Get this Look: Light Jack-o'-lanterns!

Get this Look: Light Jack-o'-lanterns!

For another fun project see how we lit plastic jack-o’-lanterns.

Get this Look: Lights for a backyard party

Get this Look: Lights for a backyard party

We love to see how folks use lights for parties and events. Karen decided to accent her outdoor spaces with LED curtains and personalized light strings.

Here are the products or “build sheet” for this project.

2 sets of 8-foot LED Curtain Lights Warm White on White Wire
1 package of 100 C7 or C9 Magnetic Christmas Light Clips SPT-1
75 LED Bulbs: G40 Warm White Smooth LED (SMD) Bulbs E17 Bases
3 cords: (E17) 25′ Cord 12″ Spacing, White SPT-1 Wire

While our magnetic clips aren’t designed for curtain or string lights, she wove the curtain lights wire into the clips and installed them on her siding. No nails in the brick or siding required.

To light the outbuilding, she installed the G40 bulbs in the 25 foot cords and attached them to the fascia using magnetic clips.

Here are more photos of this weekend project.

Get this Look: Lights for a backyard party
Get this Look: Lights for a backyard party
Get this Look: Lights for a backyard party

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4th of July Hula Hoop Chandelier

4th of July Hula Hoop Chandelier

Always on the lookout for different ways to use Christmas lights, we couldn’t resist trying a hula hoop chandelier.

Since so many of our celebrations with lights involve patriotic holidays, we chose to make this project red, white, and blue. 

Materials

Hula hoops are available in big box stores and dollar stores. We found ours for a few dollars.

4th of July Hula Hoop Chandelier

Test the icicle lights by plugging them into an outlet before installing them on the hoop.

4th of July Hula Hoop Chandelier

Attach the lights to the hula hoop with clear packing tape applied every few inches.  

Packing tape easily holds the lights on the plastic hoop.

Alternatively, if you want to change the color of the hoop, using colorful duct tape is a great alternative to clear packing tape.

Continue taping the lights around the hoop until you reach the plug, leaving a bit of wiring free between the hoop chandelier and male plug to make plugging in the icicle light set easier in the final installation.

4th of July Hula Hoop Chandelier
4th of July Hula Hoop Chandelier

The chandelier makes an impact installed under a tree where electricity was readily available. A brown or green extension cord might be required for this part of the project.

Attaching 4 3-foot lengths of twine at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 positions on the hula hoop with slip knots, the ends are gathered in a knot and simply hung the on a branch of the tree.

Customize the length of the twine or cord to fit your installation. Consider using a hook or nail to hang your chandelier if required.

4th of July Hula Hoop Chandelier
4th of July Hula Hoop Chandelier

The red, white, and blue icicle lights are perfect for a July 4th party.

Consider leaving the chandelier up for other parties during the summer. Lights always make any evening more festive.

Originally published July 4, 2017, 4:12 pm

Lights for the 4th of July

Lights for the 4th of July

The 4th of July, our Independence Day, is the perfect time to celebrate our country’s freedom with a fun and festive party. Outdoor barbecues are popular this time of year. What better way to dress up your outdoor spaces for the holiday than with red, white (clear), and blue lights? Here are a few ideas to inspire you to jazz up your 4th of July party. You might even be able to use Christmas lights you already have on hand.

1. Liven the front of your home with red, white, and blue bunting swagged across a porch railing. Add red, white, and blue mini lights offset by 1/3 of their spacing across the bunting. You’ll make a statement during the day and after dark.

2. Wrap your flagpole with traditional Opaque C7 or C9 light sets. If you purchase your bulbs and cords online, you’ll be able to buy boxes of red, white and blue bulbs and you can alternate them in the sockets.

3. Outline your front yard with your Christmas Lights but install alternating red, clear and blue transparent C7 or C9 bulbs. Installing your lights with sockets spaced every 12 – 18 inches on commercial stakes will let everyone know you are celebrating Independence Day! Your guests will be in a festive mood as soon as they arrive! If guests are arriving during the early evening hours before the sun goes down, consider the opaque lights. They look great during the day and are stunning when lit at night.

4. Battery operated clear mini lights are easily tucked into centerpieces for a festive 4th of July party. Use standard mini lights with 4 inch spacing where you have access to power on the food or drink table, to encircle meat trays, or snack platters.

5. Run strings of red, clear and blue C7 or C9 transparent lights between two trees and hang paper hanging lanterns along the strands. The lanterns will be the focal point of your decorating during the day and the lights will look great at night, casting light and shadows against the lanterns.

6. Accent trellises and greenery with LED mini lights. The effect in the evening will be one of soft light and create a festive feel. LED lights are perfect for this application since they are low power and don’t create the heat usually associated with incandescent lights.

7. Fill traditional c7 or C9 cords with round red, white, and blue to light backyard spaces. Swag them along a roofline or accent a gazebo or pergola.

Using red, white, and blue lights is a great way to bring patriotism and sparkle to any 4th of July party. Get creative! (And get double duty from the Christmas lights stored in your attic!)

DIY: Lighting a Patio for Family Friday Nights with Round Bulbs and Magnetic Clips

DIY: Lighting a Patio for Family Friday Nights with Round Bulbs and Magnetic Clips

Every season is a great time to hang out with family on the back patio. In Texas, we love bundling up during the winter months as much as we love relaxing with a margarita in the summer heat. The biggest benefit of winter is that there are no mosquitos! In summer we bring out the mist system!

Jeff and Michelle were kind enough to photograph and share photos of their round glass bulbs and cords. Installed for a graduation party, they’re continuing to enjoy them all year long. Adding a few feet of bulbs and cords has “transformed their backyard”.

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DIY: Lighting a Patio for Graduation Parties!

Lighting a Patio with Round Bulbs and Magnetic Clips

DIY: Lighting a Patio for Family Friday Nights with Round Bulbs and Magnetic ClipsChristmas Light Source Design Team

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Installation Tips

When working with glass bulbs, order an extra box. Breakage happens.

Test your patio or flashing with a magnet to make sure it doesn’t just “look like metal”.

Install clips at a rate of every bulb to every 3-4 bulbs

These clips only work with traditional 18-AWG lamp cord style lights. The clips snug onto the bottom of the sockets and the wire loops under the side clips that secure the hold. They aren’t a great fit for light strings with multi-wire harnesses.

Now, we’ll stop talking and show the photos!!!

In this installation, the homeowner chose to swag alternate bulbs with a clip on every other socket. What a great look!

DIY: Lighting a Patio for Family Friday Nights with Round Bulbs and Magnetic Clips
DIY: Lighting a Patio for Family Friday Nights with Round Bulbs and Magnetic Clips

Using an adapter and an outlet tied to a switch makes it super-easy to power the lights and turn them on and off from inside the house.

DIY: Lighting a Patio for Family Friday Nights with Round Bulbs and Magnetic Clips

The clips.

DIY: Lighting a Patio for Family Friday Nights with Round Bulbs and Magnetic Clips
DIY: Lighting a Patio for Family Friday Nights with Round Bulbs and Magnetic Clips
DIY: Lighting a Patio for Family Friday Nights with Round Bulbs and Magnetic Clips
DIY: Lighting a Patio for Family Friday Nights with Round Bulbs and Magnetic Clips
DIY: Lighting a Patio for Family Friday Nights with Round Bulbs and Magnetic Clips

Ready for the Party!!!

DIY: Lighting a Patio for Family Friday Nights with Round Bulbs and Magnetic Clips

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Originally published June 14, 2019

Video: What is the “mini” in minilights?

Video: What is the “mini” in minilights?

Transcript

Shellie: Today’s video answers the question, “What’s the mini in mini lights?” What?

David: Focus

Shellie: We get this question because things have really changed in Christmas lights. At one point, back in ancient history, like when I was a kid, lights only came in three varieties. They came in C7, these bulbs that screwed into cords, C9s. And here, let’s look at them. Here we go. Squirrel. And then they also came in this type of light, sort of a Christmas tree light or a string light. These bulbs are glass and they’re incandescent, and they have to be large enough to accommodate a filament inside. So, these are just over 1/2 inch long and about 0.2 inches wide. If you need a reference, here’s my thumb. See? Look. Oh, wait, the manicured side is here. Mosquito. And so, that’s about how big these mini lights were back then, but things have changed.

Now, with the advent of LED Christmas lights, they don’t need a filament. They produce light because electrons excited by electricity are jumping up and down in the valence band. And so, you can have lights like these. These are some battery lights with micro drop bulbs, and you can see they’re tiny little things.

So, we call these micro drops. You’ll see other terms for small LED bulbs, like micro drop, itsy bitsy, fairy, but those are not mini. These are mini lights. So, what that means is when you’re shopping for Christmas lights, take a look at the specifications and see the dimensions of the bulbs on the light strings that you’re purchasing to make sure they’re going to be the right size for your project.

So, I hope this helped illuminate you today. And I’m Shellie at Christmas Light Source.

Jack: It’s going…

Shellie: Is it going?

Jack: Yes.

Shellie: Oh, where’s our… Dude, for Levi, do the board. Do the board.

Jack: Is it all right if dad’s hair comes in the shot every once in a while?

Green 12-volt LED Christmas Lights on Green Wire

Green 12-volt LED Christmas Lights on Green Wire

Transcript

This is a set of 12-volt DC Christmas lights on green wire. You can see that there is a light section which is plugged into a 15-foot extension section that plugs into an accessory outlet.

Now, this light section has 20 green LED bulbs — you see, that’s how they work — 20 green LED bulbs spaced 6 inches apart. That’s 9.5 feet of lit length and has male and female coaxial end plugs.

Note that the LEDs are designed as a single unit. This resists corrosion, which means they cannot be removed or replaced. If one bulb goes out, the others will stay lit. Up to 30 light sections can be connected end to end using a single adaptor cord if you’d like.

These lights are also rated for indoor and outdoor use. Have a Merry Christmas or Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I’m Shelly at Christmas Light Source.

5-minute Project: Easy Shamrock Lantern

5-minute Project: Easy Shamrock Lantern

We love simple projects that use materials that are probably already on hand plus a seasonal item or two from a local hobby shop, dollar store, or dollar spot.

For this project, we used an Ikea lantern, a string of battery lights, and a sheet of Shamrock stick on gels from a local dollar store.

We love this little vase from Ikea and have used it not only in applications like this but glass mosaic as well. You can find it here.

5-minute Project: Easy Shamrock Lantern

Options for battery lights include:

Browse all our colors and configurations of battery lights.

We hope you enjoy this little bit of lucky inspiration to brighten up March.

Share your projects on Instagram and Facebook and tag us at @christmaslightsource and #christmaslightsource

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

5-minute Project: Easy Shamrock Lantern
5-minute project: Valentines Accent Jar

5-minute project: Valentines Accent Jar

Now that Christmas is stored away, we are turning our attention to red, pink, and white for February.

This is the first of our 5-minute series of projects as we focus on providing inspiration to repurpose lights for fun all year.

Materials

Pink storage jar

Battery lights

Double-sided tape

Equipment

Scissors (Don’t mind a rough edge that no one can see? Then no scissors.)

See! We said this would be quick. Gathering materials should only take a couple of minutes.

The Process Photos

All of the materials.

5-minute project: Valentines Accent Jar

Put a little piece of double-sided tape on the lid part of the jar lid. This is that critical point where you can accomplish this task neatly with scissors or rip off a piece with wild abandon.

5-minute project: Valentines Accent Jar

Press the battery box snugly against the tape. Then pop the lights in the jar, center the lid, and screw on the ring.

5-minute project: Valentines Accent Jar

Well done. We like this little project on the counter in a guest bath. Several in a row would add a nice touch to a mantle. Share photos of your project on social and tag us. @christmaslightsource

5-minute project: Valentines Accent Jar
Get this Look: Beautiful Blue Christmas Lights

Get this Look: Beautiful Blue Christmas Lights

With so many choices, folks regularly ask us how LED strings compare to separate bulbs and cords. This customer photo does a lovely job of showing the look of our plug-and-play blue light strings.

Materials List

Thanks go out to Gus for emailing us a photo of his project.

Get this Look: Beautiful Blue Christmas Lights
We love this all-blue Christmas display!!

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Get this Look: Beautiful Blue Christmas Lights
Get This Look: Lighting wreaths without an outlet

Get This Look: Lighting wreaths without an outlet

A customer recently left a review about how 12-volt lights plus an alligator to accessory socket adapter was used to light an outdoor subdivision sign. We hear from quite a few folks looking for a solution to this type of installation problem, so we thought we’d share it.

Great for Solar Powered Wreaths

We have an entrance sign to our subdivision with lighting supplied by a small 12V DC solar system. For the holidays we added two wreaths each wrapped with a 12 Volt LED Warm White Light Sets. The additional current draw is about 300 mA, which is very manageable, with our system. We weren’t sure if one or two strings would be needed per wreath, but a quick email from Christmas Light Source indicated that one would be sufficient. Sure enough, the lights look great. To connect the lights we bought two Cigarette Lighter Female Sockets from Amazon and wired them in parallel to the solar system.

Tom L.

Get This Look: Lighting wreaths without an outlet

Have you used our 12 volt lights like these? Please consider leaving a review about your experience with a photo. We’d love to see it.

Get this Look: Lighting trees and rooflines on the Texas Coast

Get this Look: Lighting trees and rooflines on the Texas Coast

We were so impressed by the way the Austin-based company, Let’s Retreat Outdoors, used warm white LED Christmas light strings in a recent retail installation that we thought you’d be inspired as well.

These photos are from projects installed on the Texas coastline.

We love the look of close-wound light strings accenting trees to welcome shoppers.

Get this Look: Lighting trees and rooflines on the Texas Coast

Warm white C9 LED bulbs installed in commercial C9 cords accent rooflines. Magnetic Christmas light clips installed on each socket keep the lights snapped in a tight line.

Get this Look: Lighting trees and rooflines on the Texas Coast

More warm white lights with 4-inch spacing are a great choice for smaller tree trunks.

Get this Look: Lighting trees and rooflines on the Texas Coast

If you live in the Austin area, be sure to reach out to JB and Jennifer at Let’s Retreat Outdoors to add magic to your outdoor spaces all year long.

Planning a trip to Port Aransas? Check out the Cinnamon Shore beach community. We know you’ll like the lights!

Get this Look: Lighting trees and rooflines on the Texas Coast