LED Christmas Lights Guide

You've probably heard by now that LED lights are energy efficient, which is wonderful news for your power bill, but what else? With a full spectrum of vibrant colors and exceptional durability, LED lights are more than just an energy saving option for your holiday displays!


What are the real benefits of LED Christmas lights?

Most people know that LED lights save a lot of electricity but there are many more reasons to consider making the switch. According to a nationwide survey conducted by Christmas Lights, Etc of over 2,000 Christmas consumers, 57% now prefer LEDs over incandescent. Here's why:

1.) You can typically connect 8 to 10 times more mini light strings together end to end while only using one plug outlet. Most traditional Christmas mini lights only allow you to connect 4 or 5 sets end to end but with many LED mini light strings you can connect 40 to 50+ together depending on the light count. This makes decorating far easier.

2.) LEDs produce next to no heat, which means they're always cool to the touch and safe for children and animals to be around all season.

3.) LEDs produce vivid colors and bright lights, including styles that are dimmable.

4.) Many LED light sets are rated to last tens of thousands of hours, which is well beyond a traditional set of incandescent mini lights that typically may last only a season or two.

Bottomline: LED Christmas lights are much easier to use for large Christmas displays, they are safer, they last longer, they produce more vivid color and use up to 90% less energy. Now you know why so many people have already made the switch.

LED Light Sizes, Style Options and Display Ideas

Popular LED String Lights Bulb Sizes

Wide Angle LED Mini Lights- The 5mm LED bulb is smaller than your traditional mini light yet its concave lens produces a very popular starburst light halo that disperses light uniformly in all directions. 5mm led minis are popular for wrapping indoor and outdoor trees, wreaths and garland.

M5 Mini Lights & T5 Mini Lights- What do you get when you mix traditional Christmas light shapes with LED technology and diamond faceted bulbs? An instant classic! M5 & T5 LEDs are your replacement for older style incandescent mini lights and work well when wrapped around greenery, porch columns and indoor trees.

C6 Strawberry Lights- C6 LED mini lights are a decorators dream! C6 lights strings are popular for illuminating bushes and trees because of their unique strawberry shape. They are also used for indoor decorating and as party or wedding accent lighting.

G12 Raspberry Lights- Whether they remind you of raspberries or gum drops, G12 light strings are certainly a fun addition to any colorful and unique design theme! Dont let these mini globes fool you, their diamond faceted bulb design creates a radiant light halo! Trim the tree, light up bushes or wrap them around columns and railings. For added fun, use G12 lights for theme parties, lively room lighting and social gatherings year round!

C7 & C9 Light Sets- C7 & C9 Christmas light sets feature the traditional design you're used to in incandescent bulbs but with all the benefits of LED technology. C7 & C9 LED lights perfect for hanging across rooftops and wrapped around large outdoor trees. Take a step back in time with the classic display of smooth opaque finish bulbs or create a brilliant new tradition with diamond faceted bulbs!

LED Light Styles & Decorating Ideas

C7/C9 Replacement Bulbs- Many people prefer the ability to change their C7 or C9 light bulbs, however most pre-packaged light sets have these bulbs hard wired together. While that makes it easier to place lights on your house, it also limits your ability swap colors or replace bulbs if you need to. There are a wide variety of LED C7 or C9 replacement bulbs but they are not all created equal. Less expensive versions may use older generation LEDs or less diodes which means you'll have weaker lights. Newer technology LED C7 and C9 bulbs like the Opti-Core™ style bulbs feature new surface mounted LEDs and better bulb lenses to create brighter and more vivid colors. They also dim better, which is a plus for light control. If you want to change your light colors or swap bulbs from Christmas to summer patio lighting, getting stringers with replacement bulbs is the best option for you.

Net Lights & Trunk Wraps- LED net lights and trunk wraps are the ideal solution when quick and even coverage is needed. Net lights are typically 4' x 6', a perfect size for wrapping bushes and shrubs while trunk wraps are usually longer and thinner for covering tree trunks and/or branches. LED net lights are available in 5mm and M5 mini light sizes.

Icicle Lights- One of the most popular light styles for lining the roof has also been making its way indoors as ambient bedroom lighting and is becoming increasingly popular for creating a romantic atmosphere at weddings too! LED icicle lights are available in 5mm and M5 mini light sizes with a wide variety of solid colors, plus fun combinations of red and green for Christmas and even orange and purple for Halloween!

Grand Cascades & Falling Icicles- A fun new animated twist on traditional icicle string lights, falling icicle bulbs can be used in C7 and C9 stringers to mimic falling snow and dripping ice. Grand Cascade light tubes contain a row of diodes which light up and then descend, creating the effect of shooting stars and snow showers! These animated icicles are often displayed hanging across the porch or suspended from tree branches and can even be spotted above city streets during the holiday season!

Rope Light- Wrap it up or lay it out! Long lasting rope light stays cool to the touch and, with a bulb every inch, it shines exceptionally bright, making led rope light perfect for use indoors and out. DIY decorators love the flexibility of tube lighting to create custom motifs and signs, plus rope light is a popular solution for lining walkways, decks, and stairs and is also great indoors as accent or cove lighting!

LED Strip Light - Versatile indoor lighting in an easy to use design. Just remove the adhesive backing and stick on any hard surfact to brighten your home or office with white and rgb led strip lights.

Battery Operated Mini Lights- Illuminate anything, anywhere! Thanks to the minimal amount of energy used by LEDs, batteries last long than ever in this efficient and versatile lighting solution! Choose battery operated 5mm mini lights to illuminate crafts, wrap around greenery and add accent lighting to a vase or centerpiece decoration. You can even create bedroom lighting inspired by the night skies by wrapping decorative battery operated star lights around a mirror or headboard and stringing them across your dresser!

Fairy Lights- Small but mighty fairy lights feature tiny bulbs, but don't let their size fool you, they produce incredibly bright, glowing light! Choose both battery operated and new plug in options on either silver or green wire to wrap around greenery, illuminate glass jars or brighten craft projects. Looking for a unique way to illuminate wreaths and garland or accent decorative gift packages? Wrap greenery and add lighted bows to presents with battery operated ribbon lights!

A quick reference to the best uses for each type of LED Christmas light size and style.
LED Christmas Lights Best Uses

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LED Christmas Lights Creative Variety

A Full Spectrum of Color

Our Wintergreen Lighting LED Christmas lights feature color-infused lenses, which means the coloration is throughout the entire bulb rather than just a coating. This means the color won't chip, crack or fade and the coloration is rich and vibrant . If you want a rich hue, getting a light set that's designed to produce great color throughout is key.

Warm White or Cool White?

The most popular LED Christmas light colors are warm white or cool white and the decision for many people simply comes down to preference and color scheme style.

Cozy and Inviting: Warm White led lights illuminate indoor spaces with a soft glow that is most often associated with traditional mini lights. These cozy hued bulbs look great indoors and outdoors and can be used just about anywhere. Warm white bulbs are an excellent color complement to Christmas decorating that uses gold ornaments, ribbons and accents.

Vivid and Bright: Cool White LED lights are often chosen when people want to achieve a more snow white tone or if they are creating color patterns. For example, cool white LEDs are popular with red and white or blue and white holiday themes. They are also very popular as a complement to silver accent colors with Christmas tree bulbs or ribbon.

Popular LED Christmas Light Color Combinations

What To Look For When Shopping LED Lights

We want you to have the best LED Christmas lights...period. Which is why we feature Wintergreen Lighting LED string lights and bulbs, which are the best in the business. When you're making a decision on your next set of lights, please consider the following.

Wintergreen Lighting LED String Lights:

  • So good, they come with a 3-year warranty
  • UL certified and ENERGY STAR rated
  • Patented one-piece construction to keep moisture out
  • Fully rectified, which eliminates flickering
  • Color infused bulbs that don't chip, crack or fade
  • Rated up to 100,000 hours of use
  • Nickel plated contacts for the best connectivity
  • Simply amazing brightness and color
  • Dimmable for brightness control

Wintergreen Lighting C7 and C9 LED Bulbs:

  • So good they come with a 1-year warranty.
  • 3x-5x more diodes than traditional LED bulbs
  • Built using highly durable composite acrylic, which makes them virtually unbreakable
  • Nickel plated bulb bases prevent corrosion for the best connectivity
  • Color infused bulbs that don't chip, fade or crack
  • Unequaled brightness and color
  • Dimmable for brightness control
  • Rated up to 60,000 hours
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