It is nice to decorate the windows in sparkling lights during the holidays and at other times to let everyone know that it is time for a celebration. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind!
What Kind of Lights Should I use?
While rope lights are the one of the most common lights to use in commercial applications for outlining windows, there are more lighting options to choose from whether you are lighting a restaurant or a home.
Rope lights look incredible wrapped around windows and can be cut to the desired length (within a predetermined 18 inches or whatever the manufacturer has labeled as the cutting marks) as well. Clips that screw on easily and usually come with the rope lights are used to attach them.
There are mini lights, and larger traditional C7 and C9 light sets can also be used. There are strengths associated with each type of light.
Mini lights are classic and give you alot of choices. There is a large variety in both color and spacing in mini lights and they are extremely versatile and easy to install. You can double back with the lights if you want a closer spacing than what is available. Since they are so light, they are generally easy to install with tape or adhesive mini lights clips that are available online.
Larger incandescent bulbs are the brightest and somewhat more resistant to the elements if you install them outside. They come in two sizes the C7 and C9. These are commonly used to light large areas and can tie in with their traditional use for lining roofs and windows.
Twinkling C7 or C9 bulbs interspersed through your display work great as an accent to any static project. They twinkle or flash as the bulbs heat up and go on and off about every second. If the exterior temperature is too cold, they may not twinkle.
C7 and C9 lights can be installed with a variety of clips and tape. The little clips used for mini lighs with adhesive pads can sometimes be used with these larger lights if you use the clips to hold the wire. Look for different kinds of clips that are manufactured to hold cable at your nearest home impromement centers as well.
Tips for Decoration
There are a ton of color options for windows even though there are those that believe Christmas lights have to be multi color or red and green to suit the Christmas season. 🙂 When there is lots of snow outside both white and blue lights can give an elegant effect. Using clear mini lights transcends all seasons. From coast to coast, folks are celebrating the Holidays with pink, purple and teal as well as the traditional bold primary colors.
You can also use color to celebrate a favorite sporting team’s colors or use them as part of your overall party theme. Imagine outlining the windows with pink mini lights for a princess birthday party.
Consider developing a theme for Christmas and run with it regarding the lights that you use to accent the windows. The theme should go with the rest of the Christmas items that you have. Red and green lights can be the specific choice is you do a large amount with holly. White lights are the obvious choice is you are doing the theme of a White Christmas.
Look to the colors that you use indoor for your Holiday and party planning and extend those colors to your windows for a unified decorating scheme.
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