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David Coton provides a guide to extendable LED Christmas lights from Konstsmide.
You have the design for this year's Christmas lights all worked out, a brilliant and stylish concoction of colour and brightness that will impress all the neighbours and probably most of the town. But there's always that little bit extra that needs adding, a finishing touch or a final affectation that will prove to be the 'piece de resistance' if you lived in Paris rather than Purfleet.
Difficult to achieve with a normal system of lights, it's fortunate that you've decided to use extendable lights that represent the ultimate in flexible and reliable outdoor Christmas lighting.
Robustly constructed using heavyweight cabling and weatherproof push-in connectors, Konstsmide extendable lights are extremely versatile and will cover your house with an almost limitless myriad of colours, enabling your garden to glisten like never before.
Fitted with splendidly bright LEDs that are long lasting and energy efficient – 1000 LEDs equate to only about 60 watts - of the four colours that will shine vividly, red is the Christmas favourite while electric blue will be offset by warm and icy whites.
Different types of lighting within the system can be mixed and matched, and individual sets can be extended to a maximum 350 metres from each start wire, equal to approximately 4000 LEDs.
This means you can include icicle lights in blues and whites that will really bring a shiver to the proceedings. Also a superb set of three stars will definitely set your display apart from the others in the neighbourhood.
Just when you thought that Konstsmide lighting couldn't get any better, there's a 24v low voltage version suitable for indoors and outside that can be extended for up to 100 metres or 1040 LEDs.
After plugging in your starter set you are only limited by your imagination with a fantastic choice of lights that, with the use of extensions and splitters, will wrap the house in multi-coloured LEDs.
In addition to warm white, red or assorted coloured light strings on clear or black cable, there are shimmering curtains and nets of LEDs that give the illusion of falling snowflakes, icicles, cluster and crab lights. Even traditionally shaped white bulbs that contain LEDs.
Extendable lights will certainly lengthen your creative horizons and increase the scope for exciting and attractive displays. It is a ingenuous system that belies its own simplicity, like many great innovations it will lead to dramatic results.
Create a Halloween party in your house or garden with ideas and suggestions from David Coton that will keep your children and neighbours thrilled and spooked on the 31st October.
Looking for some advice on how to decorate your garden for halloween? David Coton has some great ideas to help you create a horror themed garden to scare your neighbours and any trick & treaters who come to your door.
Used originally to frighten away evil spirits, now placed near the front door to deter trick or treaters, carved pumpkins have been part of Halloween for a very long time. Here Martyn Loach explains the process of creating the scariest pumpkin in your street.
To grow the biggest, scariest pumpkin in time for Halloween isn't easy as they take some time to mature and prefer a warm climate. To have the best chance of success Martyn Loach recommends sowing seed indoors during April and then planting out in late May or June.