Dec 06, 13
One of the best parts of the Christmas season? Untangling that mass of Christmas lights, climbing the ladder and creating your own lighting display year after year for all the neighbors to enjoy. But before your home will rival that of even Clark Griswold, we’ll show you how to quickly and easily transform your home into the gem of the neighborhood.
Below you’ll find a few steps that will transform your home into the talk of the town this and every Christmas.
What Kind of Lights? – First, determine what kind of lights you’ll be using. Icicle lights give the illusion of, well, icicles by utilizing varying lengths of drops, usually spaced six inches apart. Going for that classic look? Try using C7 or C9 bulbs to line your roof, or even the ridgeline of your roof for a unique touch. After deciding what kind of lights you’re going to use, you’ll need clips to hang them. We recommend using all-in-one clips, as these work with lots of types of lights (for a demonstration of these clips, see the video below).
Test Your Lights – The last thing you want to do is spend hours hanging your lights, only to discover half of them don’t work, so make sure you test them before hanging them. If you have any sets with missing or burned out bulbs, ensure you replace the bulbs with those from the same type of set. For example, if you’re replacing bulbs on a set of 50 lights, only use replacement bulbs from a set of 50 lights with the same amperage, as both sets use different voltages and could cause premature burn out. Also, avoid connecting light sets of differing numbers of lights. You don’t want to connect a 35-light set to a 150-light set, as the milliamps are different and you could face a premature burnout or even a fire. Now this only applies to incandescent mini lights, not LEDs or C7 or C9 bulbs.
Hang Your Lights – Once you’ve decided which lights you’re going to string up and where you’re going to hang them, it’s time to grab your gear and get to it. Timers are all-around great products, but they can play an especially vital role in reducing your electricity costs during the holiday season. If you’re going to use a timer, it’s recommended to have the lights kick on at dusk, and shut off either at midnight or at dawn. This eliminates those days when you forget to unplug your lights when heading off to work or forgetting to plug them in at night. To make the whole light installation process faster, easier, and safer, it’s a good idea to install the clips on your lights while on the ground. While you’re on the ladder, avoid standing on the top rung and stretching too far. Christmas won’t be as much fun with a dislocated shoulder or a broken arm. The saying “measure twice, cut once” not only applies to carpentry, but to holiday lighting as well. Measure how much distance you’re going to need for your lights. There’s nothing worse than a bare spot on your roof line.
When hanging your lights, the most important thing to remember is to have fun and be creative. On that note, we’d love to see your lighting displays, so send us pictures of your decked out homes on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus!
Nov 29, 13
If you’re an avid participant in the madness that is Black Friday shopping, then you know how much of a nightmare it can be; the long lines, the ruthless shoppers – it can be a draining experience. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials on everything from light bulbs to Christmas decorations, 1000Bulbs.com has a little something for everyone – and you won’t even have to leave the house! Highlighted below are only a few of these great deals that are going on now and will extend through Cyber Monday, December 2, 2013.
ETi 5W – 35W Equal A19 LED – $2.99
For those of you that are currently making the switch to more energy-efficient lighting, you know how difficult it can be to find quality LED lighting at an affordable price. This ETi 5-watt A19 LED bulb will give you just that. Using only 5 watts, this bulb produces a warm white light and is an energy-efficient alternative to standard 35-watt incandescent bulbs. Featuring a standard A19 shape, this bulb will easily replace incandescent bulbs in fixtures like table lamps and hanging pendants. Because it produces the same wattage as an incandescent using less energy, the ETi LED will also save you money on energy costs. Now that’s a pretty great Christmas gift.
25% Off Holiday LED Wax Candles – Starting at $6.90
Part of decorating for the holidays is all about creating the right atmosphere. For some people, a component to creating that cozy Christmas feeling is having holiday candles everywhere from fireplace mantles to dining room tables. To give your home the same warm glow without the potential fire hazard, flameless LED wax candles will work just as well. Starting at only $6.90, these battery-powered holiday candles feature a soft glow flicker flame and a convenient timer option. Receive 25 percent off when you enter the coupon code “CANDLE25” at checkout.
6 ft. Pre-lit Christmas Tree with 200 Clear Lights – $39.95
If you’re looking to snag a great deal on a new Christmas tree this year, you’re in luck. This Barcana 6 ft. Timberline Pine Christmas tree eliminates the hassle of wrapping and unwrapping light strings. Constructed of classic PVC tips, this tree is incredibly easy to store and will last you many holiday seasons to come. Originally sold for the retail price of $149.99, you can get this tree while supplies last for only $39.95.
30% Off All Halogen Automotive Headlights – Starting at $3.63
Having replacement headlight lamps on hand is always a good idea, especially during the winter months. Driving through snow (or any kind of weather for that matter) without rear or front-facing headlights is never a good idea. Starting at just $3.63, all halogen headlights at 1000Bulbs.com are 30 percent off their original price using the coupon code “HEADLIGHTS”. By entering the make, model, and year of your car, our new Bulb Finder will help you find the perfect light for your automobile.
For a full list of our Black Friday items, visit www.1000bulbs.com/blackfriday. Have any more questions about our products? Give us a shout in the comments below or you can contact us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.
Nov 22, 13
A gathering of Carol Singers in front of the Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square, London England. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The holiday season is upon us, and with it come decorative snowmen, a lush wreath on the front door, and of course, O’ Tannenbaum. While decorating your Christmas tree is a fun, family-oriented affair, ensuring your evergreen has the right amount of lights on it to put off that special glow can be a bit tricky: too dim and you can’t display your skillful ornament placement, too bright and you could induce a few seizures. So what’s the right amount of lights for your tree?
Up until about five minutes ago, I subscribed to the “there’s no such thing as too many lights on a Christmas tree” theory. Well, that may not necessarily be the case. There are many factors that go into properly lighting your tree, such as the height, diameter, type of tree, and even the type of Christmas lights. While there is no “right” amount of lights to use on your tree, the tips below merely serve as a guide to point you in the right direction, and you should use the amount and type of lights that fit your preferences.
Tree Size: Let’s start with the size of your tree. Clearly, the vertical height of your tree determines how many lights you’ll need. If you’re leaning more toward a conservative lighting approach, then use 100 mini lights per vertical foot. If you’re going for a brighter look, try using 200 mini lights per vertical foot. Keep in mind you won’t need to use as many lights for trees that are on the skinny side, but you may need up to 25 percent more lights for your thicker trees, like Spruces, Pines, and Firs. For example: for a standard 6-foot tree, you’re looking at 600 mini lights, while an 8-foot Alaskan Fir may need 1,000 mini lights. And for those of you with a 20-foot tree, be prepared to use 2,000 mini lights. Again, the above figures reflect a “medium” lighting approach.
Bulb Type: The types of light strings you use to decorate your tree plays an important role in determining the number of lights you’ll need to bring holiday cheer to your living room. Still use incandescent mini light strings? That’s cool. So do I. As stated above, for incandescent mini lights, it’s recommended to use 100 lights per vertical foot of your tree. For those of you that have made the switch to LED mini lights, not only will you need fewer lights to achieve the desired brightness, since they’re brighter than incandescents, but you’ll also be saving money. With that in mind, you’ll only need 50 lights per vertical foot of your tree while using LEDs. Looking to achieve that classic look akin to A Christmas Story or Christmas Vacation by using C7 or C9 lights? Go for it. As with the LEDs, you’ll need far less of the C7 or C9 bulbs, as these too are brighter than their incandescent counterparts.
The chart below illustrates the recommended number of lights based on your tree’s height, types of bulbs, and whether it’s an indoor or outdoor tree. Also, 1000Bulbs.com has created an excellent resource page with tips ranging from decorating your tree, roof, and even Christmas light maintenance.
Give us a shout on Google Plus, Twitter, or Facebook and tell us how many bulbs you use to decorate your Christmas tree and what your favorite types of Christmas lights are!
Nov 15, 13
One of the best things about the holiday season is the warm and cozy feeling that seems to charge the air during the winter months. Although this might be our bias talking, we at 1000Bulbs.com like to think those joyful feelings are somewhat attributed to holiday lighting setting the mood. In some households, illuminating the neighborhood by putting up Christmas lights has become a tradition. However, using traditional incandescent Christmas lights can not only have an impact on your wallet, but on the environment as well. So, before you buy more light strings and power up that holiday display you have planned, here are some of the benefits of switching to LED (light-emitting diode) Christmas lights.
Unless they’re the equivalent of a modern-day Ebenezer Scrooge, it’s safe to say that most people find Christmas light displays to be delightful. Although holiday lights are lovely to look at, they can lead to excessive amounts of wasted energy, not to mention a hefty bill in the mail. While it’s impossible to stay 100 percent green, using LED Christmas lights is a reasonable alternative.
Unlike incandescent lights, LEDs have no filament to burn out, which is why they are able to last for up to 40 holiday seasons, whereas incandescent bulbs have the potential to burn out after one. LED lights also consume less wattage and only burn about 10 percent of the energy that incandescent lights do. According to Energy.gov, the cost of lighting a 6-foot tree with incandescent bulbs for 12 hours a day for 40 days, is roughly $10.00. Using LED mini lights for the same period of time only costs $0.82. The Department of Energy estimates that Christmas lights use just as much electricity as half a million homes do in a month. If every household switched to LED lighting, the DOE also says that U.S. households could save over $400 million in electricity costs.
Not only do LED Christmas lights use less energy than their incandescent counterparts, but they are also much safer. Typically made of glass, incandescent Christmas lights are much more likely to shatter, increasing the risk of house fires. LED light strings, like wide angle LED mini lights, use epoxy lenses, or plastic, and are much sturdier and resistant to breakage. Again, because they have no filament to produce heat, LED bulbs are cool to the touch and reduce the risk of burns or combustion. Consuming lower amounts of energy also makes LED Christmas lights better for the environment. This is why large Christmas displays around the world, such as the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City, use LED lighting. By switching to LEDs, the iconic tree has decreased daily energy consumption from 3,510 kWh per day to 1,297 kWh per day.
We know how easy it is to accidentally leave the lights on when you don’t really need them. To reduce your energy consumption even further, use automatic timers for both indoor and outdoor holiday lights. Set timers to turn lights on when it gets dark and off during a reasonable hour later that night. Having the ability to program your Christmas lights will eliminate the stress of wondering whether or not you forgot to turn them off before you left the house. Before plugging in and programming, make sure the timer is capable of handling the combined wattage of your lights. According to Energy.gov, keeping light displays on for less than eight hours per night will help you keep your energy costs low. If you don’t have a timer, being as frugal as possible with the number of hours your lights are on will make all the difference.
Do you have any questions about LED Christmas lights? Let us know in the comments below, or give us a shout out on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus!
Nov 08, 13
It’s that time of the year again: we’ve gained an hour of sleep, it gets darker earlier, and the air has a particular fall crispness about it. These changes mean Christmas is inching closer and closer, and it’s officially time to start thinking about gift ideas. Not only does 1000Bulbs.com meet your every lighting need, but we can also meet your holiday shopping needs as well. Below are some things that are sure to make great Christmas gifts this and every year.
Warm White Icicle Lights- Not only are icicle lights great for decorating your home as they give a warm, wintery look, but they’re also great for decorating bedrooms and dorms. Christmas may come but once a year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use these white wire icicle lights in your bedroom all year round to give your room a relaxing, cozy feel as you study or read.
Mini Artificial Christmas Trees- Sure, full-size Christmas trees are great, but finding space for that big box can be tricky, especially if you live in an apartment or a dorm. Fortunately, we have just the solution for you: mini Christmas trees. Ranging in sizes from two to five feet, and coming in pre-lit, unlit, and even flocked trees, we’ve got the mini trees you need for a pint-sized Christmas.
LED Candles- Not only do regular candles not last too long, but being burned by hot wax is unpleasant. With that in mind, LED candles are the way to go. Battery operated, these candles have all the traits of traditional candles, including a “flame” that flickers, and most even have a timer for added convenience. Ranging in size from 6 to 12 inches in height and up to six inches in diameter, our LED candles set the perfect mood, whether for The Notebook or The Silence of the Lambs.
Novelty Lights- There’s quite a few different types of lights that make up our novelty lights section, any of which will create a unique and fun atmosphere. Want a southern vibe? Then our cowboy boot lights, cow skull lights, or shotgun shell lights may be for you. We’ve got the novelty lights for any feel you’re going for.
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Model Planes, Boats, and Nautical Accessories- The 1000Bulbs.com website contains over 34,000 items, and among those 34,000 items are gifts for the aviation and nautical enthusiast on your list. Every inch of these models are amazingly authentic, and no detail has been overlooked. For the aviation enthusiast, check out the replication of the Dakota DC-3. Featuring an aluminum sheet covered frame with original detailing and a 3-foot wingspan, this plane will look great on a desk or bookcase. For the nautical enthusiast, the RMS Titanic is a truly stunning piece. Superbly displaying all the fine details, including the wires supporting the funnels and the ones running from bow to stern, this piece will make a bold statement on the fireplace mantle or on a bookcase. Ships and planes aren’t your game? Then have a look at our novelty nautical accessories, including compasses, nautical clocks, and weather glasses.
Tape Light- One of the easiest ways to spruce up almost anything, LED tape light is versatile and simple to install. Simply pull off the adhesive backing and apply it to almost any surface. Offered in a multitude of colors, including warm white, green, and blue, LED tape light is ideal for under cabinet lighting or making a home made baby man LED light suit.
Globe Lights- LED globe lights are a fun twist on traditional Christmas lights. Filled with tinsel, these globes are multi-color and some even cycle through cyan, green, purple, red, and royal blue for a truly unique experience. Capable of having 20 to 32 strings connected together, these LED globe lights are great for decorating porches, patios, and even fences.
LED Lanterns- Similar to our LED candles, our LED lanterns make great decorative pieces. Use our white and silver lanterns to further accent your holiday décor, bringing a cheery, festive look to every season. Looking to add a spooky touch to your Halloween? Then check out our black lantern. Whether you’re going for spooky or cheery, our antique-looking LED lanterns are great for any look.
What other great Christmas gifts did we leave off this list? Let us know in the comments below, or hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus!
Oct 25, 13
Perhaps your tree is looking a lot like the one from A Charlie Brown Christmas. Maybe you’re tired of lugging in that live tree year after year and tired of constantly sweeping up pine needles. Maybe you’re tired of refilling the water when your cats decide the Christmas tree’s water is better than their actual water. Whatever the reason, we’ve got all types of artificial Christmas trees that are sure to make spirits bright for many holidays to come.
Unlit and Pre-lit Christmas Trees: These types of trees are the staple of Christmas decorating, and offered in many different sizes, diameters, and variations. Worried about an unevenly lit tree? Then check out our wide selection of pre-lit Christmas trees. Since pre-lit trees come with either warm white or multi-color lights, they don’t really give you the option to switch up the lights year to year. If you’re looking for that freedom, then look into our unlit Christmas trees.
Flocked and Frosted Christmas Trees: For those of you with mild winters, you know that snow is a rare occurrence. With that in mind, create your own white Christmas with our flocked and frosted trees. The branches of these trees are frosted and covered in “snow”, giving the trees a wintery look just like the outdoors. Coming in unlit and pre-lit options, these trees will bring that special Christmas feel to your home year after year.
Upside Down Christmas Trees: Yes, we have upside down Christmas trees. Just like the name suggests, these trees are, well, upside down, and come in a few different varieties. From chandelier trees to corner quarter trees, if you’re looking for a new spin on Christmas, these trees give you just that.
Palm and Tinsel Christmas Trees: These Christmas trees take “untraditional” to a whole new level. Feel like having a tropical holiday? Our pre-lit palm Christmas trees are sure to add island flair. While our palm Christmas trees will transform your living room into an island escape, our pre-lit tinsel trees will give you a more flamboyant Christmas. Made from the same material as PVC tinsel, we’ve got the colors you need for your holiday décor.
Half and Quarter Christmas Trees: Tight on space? Is accidentally knocking off ornaments from your Christmas tree getting old? Then our half trees may just be for you. Never heard of a half tree before? It’s designed to save space by lining up flush against the wall, while still giving you a tree to decorate and enjoy. The same applies for our corner trees. These tress specifically fit in the corner of a room, giving you more operating space, but still giving you a Christmas tree to enjoy.
What kind of tree are you planning to use this holiday season? Tell us in the comments below, or drop us a line on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus!