Christmas Lights Buying Guide
December 01, 2023

You can’t have Christmas without a bit of sparkle - and luckily enough, we have the best Christmas lights around, with a huge variety available. 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. If it doesn’t, you’ll need an extension lead.

How Many Lights Do You Need Per Foot of Christmas Tree?

As a rough guide, use 100 lights for every foot of Christmas tree. So for a 6ft Christmas tree you’ll need 600 lights; for a 7ft tree, use 700. 

Wrap them evenly around the tree, starting from the bottom, and make sure you leave enough lights to make the top sparkle. Check out our guide on How to Decorate a Christmas tree for some creative inspiration, plus a video on how to dress your tree like a pro!

The Different Types of Christmas Lights

Our Christmas lights come in a range of shapes and sizes, with a selection of different wire colours to suit your tree or walls, and are either mains-powered or battery-operated so you can choose which suits your home best. (If you need batteries, we’ve got you covered for those too.) Read on to find the best type of Christmas lights for you.

String Lights

These come in a whole range of styles, from fairy lights with bags of traditional charm, to multi-coloured lanterns, modern straight lights, icicle designs and more. Have a browse of our string lights and see which are your favourites!

Copper String Lights

Copper string lights come with a trendy copper cable with either small twinkly lights, or larger lights for a different effect. The smaller lights make your tree really seem like it’s sparkling, while the larger designs give a more traditional finish.

Berry String Lights

Berry designs feature little round spheres of light in multiple colours. We offer both a festive red option and classic warm white. On some designs, the berries come in clusters to give some extra sparkle for added impact.

Star String Lights

Star of wonder, star of light…  Classic star lights always look good at Christmas. You can choose from those with multi-coloured stars for a vibrant effect, warm white for a cosier feel, or those with copper wire for a modern twist.

Firefly String Lights

Firefly lights add a beautiful twinkle to your tree. They flash slowly and gently to recreate a real-life firefly effect.

Novelty Lights

If it’s fun you’re after, go for novelty lights. We stock heaps of these designs: candy canes you can place up your garden path, snowflakes to add a frosty feel to your home, sparkly reindeer for a Nordic finish… Whether it’s indoor or outdoor sparkle you want to add, we’ve got you covered.

Tip: Always make sure you stay safe by not using indoor lights outside and vice versa - check either on the box or the website before you buy so you know you’re buying the right type. If you’re putting your lights outside on gutters, windows or other tricky areas, read our guide on how to hang outdoor Christmas lights to make life nice and easy.

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 tens of bulbs for small spaces, all the way up to 800 for maximum sparkle
  • 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 stars, candy canes and reindeer
  • Power — choose from either mains-powered lights or battery-operated for areas that are more difficult to power
  • 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

Christmas Light Ideas (Tips and Tricks)

Stuck for ideas on how to decorate with lights? Here are some tips on how to create a magical display.

Designer Light

Instead of a garland, hang copper lights above a mirror for delicate, sophisticated sparkle. As some spill over the top of the mirror they’ll be reflected, adding to the effect. Similarly, pretty firefly lights strung across the fireplace can create a warm and welcoming atmosphere with their mesmerizing flameless flickering.

A cluster of ice white or warm white fairy or string lights tossed casually into a glass lantern makes for a dazzling decoration. You could dress your windows or spruce up any room in your home with twinkling Starlight Curtains too.

Ornamental Light

Introduce festive flashes throughout your home with freestanding ornamental lights such as this LED Wooden Candle Bridge, or add to the ‘winter wonderland’ feel with this Christmas Pre-lit Wooden Forest Scene, which features delicate warm white lights that illuminate a snowy woodland scene.

Exterior Light

Adorn your pathway with these Spiral Tree Stake Lights to add some sparkle to your entrance, or create a fantastic over-the-top light display with a Christmas light projector.

There are so many types of Christmas lights you’re sure to find the ideal ones to give your home that seasonal sparkle. For more inspiration, have a look at our full Christmas range to find all the showstoppers and additional decor you need to create the perfect festive feeling.