Winter is coming! Well actually it’s already here, along with the typical long hours of darkness. One of the best ways to brighten up our black nights is with festive holiday lights. Lighting technology has come a long way from the basic string lights used for trimming the tree and lining the house gutters. LED lights are a major innovation, the results of which are longer lasting, more energy efficient lights that come in a great range of colors, shapes, and styles.
But there is so much more than string lights available! While the options are endless, here are a few Green Connection favorites:
Twig lights: these things are so much fun! We personally like to put them in decorative pots with live or artificial foliage at the base. They can also be used in the landscape to line a walkway or accent a holiday display. Use them in large clusters for a gorgeous effect. We have them available in warm white, cool white, multi-color, blue, orange, glittery silver, and glittery gold.
Night Stars laser lights: this is what you need to make your neighbors really, really envious. One Night Stars emitter placed discretely in your yard will cast a magical sparkly effect over your house, trees, and any solid object in its range. The darker the night, the more brilliantly they shine. While most often used outdoors, the Night Stars lights are also great indoors to set the mood for parties and events.
Novelty lights: an exciting new version of string lights. Fairy lights are tiny little lights on ultra-thin, low profile wires. They blend in seamlessly with your decorations and provide a subtle magical sparkle. Jewel lights are made with faceted beads and replica crystals, and are beautiful displayed in a centerpiece, wreath, garland, or on their own. Meteor lights have multitudes of tiny lights splayed out in all directions, and are programmed to produce a cascading shimmer. At Green Connection we like to tuck these under sheer fabric, creating a really pretty effect that is great for holiday displays.
No power in your display area? No problem! Many holiday lights are now battery operated. This means you can put lights in a table centerpiece, a wreath, or a garland without having to worry about hiding the cord. You can even incorporate them into a costume and wear them around!
Need some ideas to get you started? Here are a few of our favorite ways to use holiday lights:
Combine lights with ice! You can create ice globes and sculptures with lights winding in and around them for some really beautiful displays.
Wrap lights around decorative branches and stage them in a container. This is a stunning and stylish way to decorate your entry way. We like using glittery branches in gold, burgundy, silver, green, or red.
Make your tree really pop by using both mini lights and the larger C7 or C9 bulbs. The different sizes really add depth and make the display pop. You can use all the same color or use white mini lights and colored C9s for a whimsical look.
For year-long prettiness try putting white lights in your house plants, annual containers, hanging baskets, and tucked behind sheer fabrics in your house.
We are so excited about all the fun holiday lights available right now, and hope you are too! If you need help getting started feel free to stop by our Garden Center where one of our staff will be happy to assist you. Lights are great for the holidays, but up here in Alaska it’s common to leave up light displays for the entire winter. It’s a perfect way to make our long nights a little more merry and bright.