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There's a huge selection of Premier Christmas Lights, and it's no wonder why they are market leaders judging by the variety and innovation that's on offer. This is Andy Taylor's guide to their range of top quality lights and decorations.
Premier Christmas lights are the intensely bright embodiment of seasonal cheer. No-one likes to be dull and out of sorts at this time of the year. These decorative lights introduce life, colour and accompanying joy into everyone's home.
The first Christmas Lights appeared in the shops just over a hundred years ago, but it wasn't until the 1930s that Christmas really started to be lit up by old style light bulbs that have now been literally eclipsed by the vivid, more adaptable and energy efficient LED (Light Emitting Diode).
Since then, no company has done more to light up our Christmases than Premier, with a range of decorations that make both the inside and exterior of your house sparkle and shimmer in the most remarkable and attractive ways.
Indoors, static and multi-action Premier Christmas lights will bring vibrancy to any tree and can also be used to decorate swags and garlands. The best selling Ultra Brights are big and showy, and bring bling to the party. These white and coloured lights can be sequenced and are now even brighter than ever before.
The LED Light Net is a must have for someone who enjoys time saving innovations. A set of 160 warm white LEDs are attached to a cone shaped net complete with tree top star. Simply place over the tree and relax, job done.
Underneath the tree or placed around the house, there can be beautiful filigree parcels. In sets of three and coloured gold, red and silver, they are tied with a bow and attractively lit from within. These and other Premier ornaments bring light to dark corners and a festive feel to the household.
Intense and colourful LED Supabrights, that can be used outside as well as indoors, chase, move, sequence and surprise everyone with dazzling visual effects. These very popular lights come in various lengths and colours from 200 lights or 20 metres to the latest very impressive 720 light set.
The Premier Christmas Light range also includes innovative battery powered LEDs, again suitable for indoor and outside use, they are multi-action and work off a power saving timer. One set of batteries will last up to 30 days and a set can have between 50 and 600 lights.
Cluster Lights are another fabulous way to introduce masses of light. If you gaze at the millions of stars on a clear night, that's the effect Cluster Lights have. Very small micro LEDs create a tinsel effect that smother everything with crystal frost.
To capture that icy feel that is traditionally but not always present at Christmas, there are Icicle Lights – acrylic icicles on a string - and Snowfall Tubes, each a metre long that simulate snowfall in an amazing and mesmerising way.
No doubt when venturing outside even Scrooge would have approved of a set of hanging lanterns, especially as they are lit by energy efficient and therefore money saving LEDs that chase each other.
But he may have been surprised to see illuminated reindeer twinkling in the moonlight. They were probably guided to the house by solar powered pathway lights, through delicate Twig Trees that are so engaging and filled with bright colours.
Blossom trees glisten with coloured LEDs and are incredibly effective, a scintillating display of delicate colour. Everyone is enchanted by these contemporary designs that feature a myriad of lights in a glittering show.
Premier Christmas Lights essentially set the bar for others try and reach, continually innovative and only too happy to fill everyone's house and garden with striking, sometimes flamboyant but always vibrant festive brightness and colour.
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