Outdoor Christmas Lights Ideas For The Roof

Roof Decorating Ideas

Well lit roof lines at Christmas time are like a symphony of lights that show off your homes edges, angles and contours. However, there's a lot of lighting options and understanding them can help you save money and get you the right kinds of strings, lights and accessories that meet your needs.

Classic White Christmas Lights: Iconic, simple and still very popular, clear C7 or C9 incandescent bulbs are a Christmas classic. They cast a warm glow, are generally inexpensive but because they are incandescent they require more electrical planning to account for the additional wattage they use in relation to the limits of your home and stringers. Bottomline: classic way to decorate your home, but requires more careful electrical planning.

Classic Colorful Bulbs: Multi color or solid colored C7 or C9 lights can make a stunning impression because color patterns and creativity are being introduced to your home. However, color bulbs typically come in a number of finishes like transparent, opaque, satin or pearl so consider the look you're after before buying. With colored Christmas bulbs you unlock the world of theme patterns, including alternating bulb colors at different increments, which is a popular choice. As with clear incandescent bulbs, colored incandescent bulbs must also be planned for carefully because of the extra power they require.

White LED Christmas Lights: As more people make the switch to LEDs they find that white LED Christmas lights often come in two varieties: warm white and cool white. These options are available for both C7 and C9 Christmas lights with the added advantage that you can buy faceted bulbs where the diamond patterns on the bulb lens make LED C7 and C9 lights look like sparkling jewels. However, if you want a more traditional looking bulb, you can also get LEDs with fully a opaque bulb lens. LEDs require up to 90% less energy so it makes adding more lights to your home much easier. They also last a lot longer so they are good longer-term investment also.

Theme Light Patterns: Combinations like red and white, red and green, blue and green, or blue and white are some of the more popular Christmas combinations. Light stringers can be customized with bulbs of your choice to celebrate with any theme, plus it gives you the flexibility to change light colors for other festivities or parties like sporting events or other holidays.

Candy Cane Christmas Roof Lights: The red and white combination is very popular but it can be a combination of red and cool white or red and warm white depending on your preference if you go with LED bulbs. Or, if you're using incandescent bulbs going with clear vs. opaque is another popular way to create the red and white look with different tones.

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. For more fun, add a white bulb to the mix.

Double or Triple Your Pattern: Color combinations don't have to be every other bulb. Consider changing your pattern every two or three bulbs in order to make your color patterns more pronounced. This is a technique used by professional decorators to make individual colors stand out more but it requires a little more planning especially with complicated roof lines with multiple peaks.

Hanging Icicle Lights and Grand Cascade Tubes Along the Roofline


Traditional Icicle Lights: Icicle lights are available in long and short drops. Long drop icicle lights can vary in length up to 24". Hang icicles in either incandescent or LED light styles on rooflines for an elegant winter display.

Short Drop Icicle Lights: Short drop icicle lights are great for Christmas homes that showcase various architectural features.

Christmas Icicle Lights: Add color to your roofline with a rainbow of options, including color morphing icicles. For some flair, use long curtain lights along windows, or add snowflakes to your roofline with snowflake shaped bulbs.

Animated Grand Cascade Lights and Falling Icicles are easy to install and fit standard C9 and C7 sockets. Falling icicle lights feature vibrant LED bulbs and are available in several sizes as well as a variety of colors from cool white to red and green. Both Grand Cascade Lights and Falling Icicles bring festive animation to your roofline.

Best Christmas Lights for the Roofline


C9 bulbs vs. C7 bulbs: Do you want a larger or smaller C bulb? The larger size of the C9 bulb creates a visual impact to draw attention to your house, and C9 is ideal for two story and larger homes. If you have a smaller house or want to create a subtle light display, you may want C7 bulbs instead. Both C7 and C9 bulbs can be purchased with or without stringers for ultimate customization.

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.

Icicle Lights are great way to create a beautiful winter paradise. They come in a variety of colors and drops. Choose from incandescent or LED with color options of clear, multicolor, red, green, and more.

Multicolor twinkle bulbs are available in C7, C9, and mini lights and are reminiscent of ginger bread houses. Wrap trees and line walkways with C7 and C9 twinkle and color change strings and bulbs to create a Christmas house that everyone stops to see. If you are customizing your twinkle light strings, we recommend alternating twinkle bulbs with a few steady bulbs, so the twinkle effect is not too overwhelming.

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 monochromating themes with all clear or all white lights.

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LED Lights vs Incandescent Lights: Energy efficient LED lights are an economical option for decorating your roof and yard. You can also plug more LED light strings together than incandescent lights, which means you can use fewer power sources and fewer extension cords.

Christmas light clips will hold your lights in place and give your display a more professional look. ChristmasLightsEtc.com has a variety of clips that will work with all types of lights. Visit our Christmas Light Clip Chart to determine the best clips for your lights.

Light Strings allow you customize your lights. With stringers you can choose the spacing and the bulb colors. Spacing will determine how many bulbs you use on each string. The number of bulbs will affect your wattage and your overall power consumption. The spacing will also determine the overall look for your display.

Timers allow you to control when your lights are on and off, so you dont have worry about remembering to flip the switch. Instead of leaving lights on all night, you can just leave them on for a few hours which will reduce your electricity bill.

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