Outdoor Christmas Lights Ideas for the Roof

Clear Lights on the Roof

Outline the roof with clear C9 Christmas lights and secure using light clips. Complete the look by wrapping mini lights around columns and railings.

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White LED C9 Lights

Line the roof and eaves with large white C9 bulbs and use smaller 5MM LED lights to wrap trees and shrubs.

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Candy Cane Christmas Roof Lights

Alternate red and cool white LED lights on the roof with single or dounle color patterns.

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Christmas Present Christmas Roof Lights

Light the house like a Christmas present using alternating red and green lights. Ideas include alternating every other bulb, or placing bulbs together in groups of two. Net lights on bushes complete the look.

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Colored Lights on the Roof

Create a colorful roof top display using transparent, opaque, or LED lights. Opaque bulbs look like pieces of candy in a gingerbread house, while multicolor LED lights shine a glow that can be seen from afar. Create single, two or three color light patterns to switch up the display each year.

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Theme Lights

Multicolor C9 bulbs, like these combined blue and green, are great for sporting events and any holiday. Customize display with stringers and C9 bulbs.

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White LED Lights: Popular outdoor Christmas light ideas for the roof include C9 Christmas lights, a bulb large enough to be seen in full color from the road. The size of the C9 creates a visual impact to draw attention to your house. Add some ground lighting, including walkways and lighted trees, and a Christmas house is complete from roof to curb. Ideas in Christmas light themes help to personalize roof outlines, are easy to achieve using bulbs and stringers, and can be customized every season for a new or updated theme. Choose clear or warm white LED lights for a soft white light, or cool white LED lights for more of an ice color light.


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Candy Cane Christmas Roof Lights: Get creative with lighting the roof, using red and cool white LED bulbs, or red and clear incandescent lights on the roof. Secure C9 bulbs along the roof in an alternating pattern, and use stakes along the ground to tie the very top of the house together with even the finest details below. Branch out from this fun pattern on other parts of the house and yard, including porch railings and trees and bushes.


Red / Green Christmas Roof Lights: Choose a red and green light theme for your house this season to bring festivity and holiday cheer to the neighborhood. Outline the roof and windows with C9 red and green bulbs. This traditional lighting theme is a classic favorite, although the reality is that red and green lights are an idea not often found outdoors. For more fun, add a white bulb to the mix.

Colorful Lights: With even spacing between each bulb, multicolor or solid colored C9 lights make a stunning impression lining the home. Create retro or visually powerful lighting effects with color LED lights. Ideas in decorating a roof with color lights include placing bulbs in sockets in single, double, or even triple color pattern sequence.



Theme Lights: Multicolor C9 bulbs can be used with stringers in any combination, like these blue and green theme lights. To celebrate for any festivities, sporting events, holidays, and more, stringers can be customized with bulbs of your choice.

Hanging Icicle Lights

Decorate homes for the holidays with icicle lights and create a Victorian era dream house. Add red bows to light posts and wreaths and greenery for classic Christmas decorating ideas.

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Short Drop Icicle Lights

Hang icicle lights from the roof and outline rooftops with C9 bulbs for a well-lit Christmas home. Short drops look especially bright on stucco and other flat surfaces.

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Combining Icicles and C9 Lights Together

A unique idea in decorating the roof for Christmas is to use All-in-One Plus light clips to hang both C9 bulbs and icicle strings together. Switch the color patterns for extra holiday fun.

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Hanging Icicle Lights for a Winter Idea

Traditional Icicle Lights: Icicle lights are available in long and short drops. Long drop icicle lights can vary in length up to 24". Use icicles on rooflines for an elegant icy appearance, choosing clear incandescent or warm or cool white LED lights. Add a few prelit Christmas wreaths to windows and doors with red bows for a classic traditional Christmas house, or place candles in the windows for added warmth.


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Short Drop Icicle Lights: Outdoor Christmas lights ideas aren't complete without the most popular light, the icicle. Short drop icicle lights are great for Christmas homes that showcase various architectural features. Hang icicles from rooflines and outline roof tops with C7 or C9 Christmas lights. Choosing icicle lights with shorter lengths allows for additional lighting on windows, railings, around columns, and along walkways and driveways. Choose icicle lights with multiple drop lengths for an attractive outdoor lighting idea that is easy to hang and popular with both decorators and installers.


Combining Icicles and C9 Lights: Another popular outdoor Christmas lights idea for the roof includes combining icicles and C9 lights together. The best solution for a uniform, professional looking roof outline includes using the All-in-One Plus light clip, which holds both the C9 socket and icicle drops. Ideas for lighting can include hanging multicolor or themed C9 bulbs with clear or white icicles, or choose all clear or all white lights. Continue using C9 bulbs along the windows and doors, or use stakes to line walkways.

Animated Grand Cascade Lights

Enjoy falling snow as LED lights race in varying speeds down Grand Cascade light tubes.

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Clear Twinkle Lights

Twinkle and chasing clear mini lights and bulbs add unique animation to a traditional look.

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Animated Light Ideas for the Roofline

Animated Grand Cascade Lights and Falling Icicles are easy to screw into standard C9 and C7 sockets. LED lights fall in varying patterns, and Grand Cascade tubes are available in a variety of colors from cool white to red and green.


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Clear twinkle lights are available as C7 and C9 bulbs and prelamped mini lights. They add festive animation to any display, garnering attention with their flashing and flickering. Like a warm flame, clear twinkle lights ignite a sense of wonder in the season.


Multicolor twinkle bulbs and strings available in C7, C9, and mini lights are reminiscent of ginger bread houses. Wrap trees with mini lights and line walkways with C7 and C9 animated strings and bulbs to have a house that everyone stops to see.

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Clear Lights on the Roof

Incandescent clear C9 lights are the traditional, classic Christmas roof lights. Outline the roof and wrap columns and railings in clear mini lights to complement C9s.

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White LED C9 Lights

Outline the house with white LED lights on the roof, offering a modern and sophisticated appearance.

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Candy Cane Christmas Roof Lights

Alternate red and cool white LED lights on the roof.

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Christmas Present Christmas Roof Lights

Light the house like a Christmas present using alternating red and green lights. Ideas include alternating every other bulb, or placing bulbs together in groups of two.

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Red/Green Transparent Lights

Bold Lights on the House

Festive and cheery, colored C9 lights are a popular theme for Christmas lights on the house. Outline roof tops with Christmas colors of red and green, or choose blue on the roofline and wrap trees in reds and golds.

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Theme Lights

Theme lights in green and blue can represent a favorite sports team or any holiday. Use colorful bulbs to create a theme.

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Hanging Icicle Lights

Icicle lights hang from roof tops creating a snowy Christmas look. Choose from clear incandescent or white LED icicle lights. Candles in the window complete this look.

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Short Drop Icicle Lights

Hang short drop icicle lights from the roof lines for a subtle icicle light accent. Choose from clear or colored icicle lights for any decorating theme.

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Combining Icicles and C9 Lights Together

Display icicle lights with C9 bulbs along the roof using All-in-One Plus light clips. Switch the color patterns for extra holiday fun.

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Grand Cascade Lights

Use Grand Cascade and Falling Icicle lights for animation. Hang from roof lines and enjoy simulated falling snow and dripping ice effects.

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Clear Twinkle Lights

Clear twinkle lights offer the traditional choice of warm colors with the festive animation of twinkling and chasing effects.

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