Christmas Lights Buying Guide

 

Christmas Lights Buying Guide


November 2, 2018

You can’t have Christmas without a bit of sparkle, which is why we stock such a wide range of Christmas lights. From indoor Christmas tree lights to outdoor icicle decorations, we’ve got them all.

But we know it can be a little tricky when it comes to buying, so we’ve created this handy guide to help you choose the ones that are best for you.

Find out about the types and features of all our Christmas lights below and give your home the perfect festive twinkle!

Before you buy

  • Check whether your lights are suitable for use indoors or outdoors
  • If you’re buying plug-in string lights, check the length of the cable to make sure it will reach the mains supply

How many lights do you need per foot of Christmas tree?

As a rough guide, use 100 lights for every foot of tree. Wrap them evenly around the tree, starting from the bottom, and make sure you leave enough lights to make the top sparkle.

Types of Christmas lights

Our Christmas lights come in a range of shapes and sizes. Choose from any of the designs below.

Traditional and attractive, these lights are always a popular choice.

Straight string lights

Traditional and attractive, these lights are always a popular choice.

Robert Dyas Battery Operated LED String Lights
 
These classic lights have a tapered edge and bags of traditional charm.

Fairy string lights

These classic lights have a tapered edge and bags of traditional charm.

Robert Dyas Mains Operated LED Fairy Lights
 
We offer both a multi-coloured option of these lights, and warm white. We also offer a multi-coloured version with glass bulbs, which have a more natural look and are easy to replace.

Cluster berry string lights

We offer both a multi-coloured option of these lights, and warm white. We also offer a multi-coloured version with glass bulbs, which have a more natural look and are easy to replace.

Robert Dyas Multi-Glass LED Berry String Lights
 
These come with a trendy copper cable with either small twinkly lights in various colours, or pretty crackle ball lights.

Copper string lights

These come with a trendy copper cable with either small twinkly lights in various colours, or pretty crackle ball lights.

Robert Dyas 160 Low Voltage LED Copper String Lights
 
Pretty and festive, these are a more traditional option.

Pinecone string lights

Pretty and festive, these are a more traditional option.

Robert Dyas Multi Action Pinecone Lights
 
These are multi-coloured for those who love a more traditional look.

Lantern string lights

These are multi-coloured for those who love a more traditional look.

Robert Dyas Multi Action Lantern Lights
 
As well as regular bulbs, we offer pretty lights encased in decorative stars, Christmas trees and other festive designs.

Decorative string lights

As well as regular bulbs, we offer pretty lights encased in decorative stars, Christmas trees and other festive designs.

Robert Dyas 20 String Star Lights
 
These beautiful lights feature pearl-like balls and jewels along the wire as well as the bulbs, giving a more luxurious effect.

Garland string lights

These beautiful lights feature pearl-like balls and jewels along the wire as well as the bulbs, giving a more luxurious effect.

Robert Dyas Garland Battery Operated LED Lights
 
Ideal for displaying in your windows or along the wall, these lights add a wonderfully wintry touch.

Icicle lights

Ideal for displaying in your windows or along the wall, these lights add a wonderfully wintry touch.

Robert Dyas 360 LED Multi-Function Icicle Lights
 
These icicle lights are perfect for hanging on gutters or eaves outside to give your home a frosty festive glow.

Chaser lights

These icicle lights are perfect for hanging on gutters or eaves outside to give your home a frosty festive glow.

Robert Dyas LED 24 Chaser Icicle Lights
 
Net lights feature a diamond grid of bulbs and are great for hanging over hedges and fences or inside window frames.

Net string lights

Net lights feature a diamond grid of bulbs and are great for hanging over hedges and fences or inside window frames.

Premier Mains Operated Supabright LED Window Net Lights

Features of string lights

All the bulbs on our string lights are LED, so they’re low-voltage and energy-efficient as they don’t waste power by heating up the bulb. They’re also brighter and longer-lasting than the older style of bulbs.

Each set of our Christmas string lights has different features —look out for the ones below as you browse our range.

  • Number of bulbs— from 20 all the way up to 1,000
  • Colours— choose from warm white, ice white and multi-coloured
  • Effects— some of our lights have multiple functions, so you can enjoy different sequenced, flashing and glowing modes
  • Design— as well as regular bulbs, we offer more decorative designs like snowflakes, Christmas trees, crackle balls and stars
  • Power— choose from either mains-powered lights or battery-operated for areas that are more difficult to power
  • Lead wire length — from 30cm to 10m
  • Bulb spacing— go for bulbs that are closer together for a more sparkly, clustered effect, or ones that are more spaced out for a more delicate look
  • Timer— some of our lights have timers so you can set them to come on in the evening and turn off later at night
  • Cable colour— choose from clear, dark green and also stylish copper for a trendier look

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