With technology evolving and an increasing emphasis on energy efficiency, there is now a far greater choice of Christmas lighting. Robert Hall discovers what type of lights will be trending this year.
With Christmas just around the corner what are the different types of lighting available in shops this year?
Filament or Incandescent Bulbs
These energy greedy globes of coloured light, that regularly need to be replaced, have had their day. However, traditionally shaped large bulbs can still form part of your display as they are now lit by LEDs.
LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are the future of Christmas lighting and can be used in many different ways. More intense and vivid than filament bulbs but emitting less heat, so important if they are used as a household decoration.
They consume much smaller amounts of power (up to 90% less) and last longer, so saving you money on energy and replacement bulbs, not forgetting the benefit this has on the environment.
Outdoor Christmas Lights such as Icicle Curtain and Snow Lights can consist of up to 960 lights that stretch over nearly 24 metres to create an eye-catching display while multi-coloured string lights, novelty lights and twig trees form a wonderful garden spectacle.
Low Voltage Extendable
The Konstsmide low voltage system is the ultimate in simple, safe and flexible outdoor lighting and only uses 24V. Up to 1040 LEDs can be accommodated or 100 metres. Just by simply adding extensions and splitters to the starter set, you can decorate the exterior of your house with icicles, snow fall, curtains and nets for a quite stunning show.
Battery or Solar Power
Excellent multi-function lighting sets powered by battery or solar power for both outdoor and indoor use can be an impressive alternative to mains power. And of course solar power batteries are re-charged throughout the day with nothing to pay. Sensors can illuminate the decorations at dusk and turn them off at dawn.
A fibre optic is a flexible, transparent fibre made of glass or plastic. It is a very thin pipe of light transmitting light from one end to the other and can be used to great effect, with Christmas fibre optic trees and fibre optic decorations shimmering with subtle and soft changing colours.
There can't be an animal more associated with this time of the year than the reindeer, as without them no presents would ever be delivered.
There's a superb range to decorate your garden. Expertly modelled, these are fabulous ornaments that will endearingly stand proud in your garden.
Reindeers and Sledge can glide through your garden or decorate the patio, while Three Reindeer on Sticks with Sleigh come to life with sixty warm white LEDs.
Polar Bears, either sitting or prowling, are another animal we associate with winter and they, together with bright blue and white penguins pictured in a variety of poses, can fill your outside space with dazzling light.
Wreaths & Garlands
Wreaths and garlands hang on many people's doors over Christmas, some featuring warm white lights, that can be either battery or mains powered, in addition to the traditional foliage.
Pathway and Lanterns
On the path leading to the front door can be solar powered star-shaped lights, blue, white or multi-coloured, each bunch is laden with stars and they shimmer in the darkness where mains power isn't possible.
Hanging lanterns may be placed in trees along the way and Twig Trees, in a variety of styles and sizes, will add light and magic with a glittering framework of twigs and branches.
Create a garden that is full of light this Christmas, there's no reason not to with this marvellous choice of outdoor Christmas decorations that shimmer with LED brilliance.