Using Lights to Add Sparkle to a Barn!
Thank you to Doug and Linda for sending us photos of how they are lighting their barn with LED lights.
They don’t wait for Christmas for the fun but keep them up to make everything look cheery during the off-season as well.
The lights photo are multi color C7 LED light strings.
Here they are lit up. I have to tell you, LED lights are HARD to photograph and look the way you see them. I love that the lights add a cheery feeling to the barn and accent it’s lovely lines.
We have had reports of critters chewing through lights used in this type of application so and an alternative light choice for lighting an outbuilding might be to use LED bulbs and cords.
Here is a link to our C9 and C7 bulbs and cords.
We now offer LED bulbs in multi packs — here is a link to the C9 multi LED bulbs.
Using separate bulbs and cords gives your the ability to customize your cords to the desired length.
Here is a quick overview to help answer the questions: Should I use pre-wired sets or bulbs and cords?
Pre-wired LED Strings vs. Bulbs and Cords
Pre-wired LED light strings
- Easy to install
- Run up to over 80 sets in series from one outlet
- No need to install bulbs into cords
- Water and weather resistant
- Incredibly energy efficient with ultra-low current operation
- Cool to the touch
- LEDs have either 4, 6 or 8 inch spacing.
- Great for applications using LARGE numbers of sets of lights
- If a bulb goes out, on sets that have non-replaceable diodes you have to replace the entire set
- Sets cannot be cut to fit
- Not possible to customize strings
C7 or C9 Bulbs and Cords
- The bulbs are easily replaceable
- C7 and C9 cords can be cut to fit
- Cord can be replaced if it outlives the LED bulbs
- Customizing the color and pattern of the bulbs is easy
- A maximum run of 18 AWG wire is 250 feet no matter what type of bulb is used – this is a function of the cord not the bulbs
- More expensive than pre-wired sets
- Not as energy efficient as pre-wired
Making a decision between LED strings and LED Cords and Bulbs can be a tough one.
Most of our city and government customers are using pre-wired strings because so many can be run in series and labor costs due to assembly are low.
Non-commercial users are still using both types of lighting based on preference and application.