Oct 04, 13
Crisp autumn air and changing leaves can only mean that Halloween is quickly approaching. Before you know it, all of your neighbors will have set up their impressive graveyard displays accompanied by a full-blown light show. You don’t have to take it quite that far, but a few lights here and there from our Halloween lighting section could make all the difference! So, take a break from constructing that super cool Halloween costume you’ve been planning for months and read some of these simple tips on how to turn your humble abode into a festive All Hallow’s Eve dwelling.
What is it about haunted houses that make them so scary? Sure, the demented clowns and large men in masks running after you with a chainsaw are a big factor, but the abundance of black lighting sets the perfect creepy mood. Replace indoor or outdoor lighting with black lights to make your visitor’s costumes glow. Swapping out your existing bulbs with colored red, green, or orange bulbs will also work just as well.
DIY Ghost Yard Decoration
We agree that decking out your yard with fake tombstones and other elaborate decorations can cost a pretty penny. Save yourself some cash and take the ever-popular DIY route. In a previous blog post, we guided you through the quick and easy steps of making a DIY Halloween ghost yard decoration using only a tomato cage, fabric, paint, and lights (preferably ones with the ability to flash).
If you want a decorating activity that the whole family can participate in, try some of these kid-friendly DIY activities for Halloween: Snap an 8-12 hour green glow stick, insert it into a white balloon and inflate. Once it’s tied and closed, use a black Sharpie to draw anything from black cats to ghostly faces. Once you’ve made as many as you want, use transparent tape to stick the balloons to a wall and dim the lights. Or save and clean out old milk cartons and fill them with battery-operated Christmas lights. Using a black Sharpie, draw ghoulish faces to create glowing ghosts that will be a charming decoration, both inside and outside of your home.
LED String Lights
As explained above, Christmas lights aren’t just for, well, Christmas. They can be used for a multitude of holidays and special occasions, including Halloween. Orange and purple LED string lights are ideal for wrapping around a black decorative wreath or framing a door or spider web-covered window to create a colorful and inviting display for trick-or-treaters. Rope light in hues of green, orange, and purple will also create a spooky atmosphere during a costume party or lining the railings of your porch.
If you have questions about any of our Halloween lighting products, leave us a comment. Or, share pictures of your spooky decorations with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus!
Sep 20, 13
While decorating with Christmas lights can be fun, the limitations caused by a far-away power outlet can be a hassle. Instead of getting tangled up in clunky extension cords, switch out some of your plug-in string lights with battery-operated Christmas lights. With the installation of a few batteries and the flip of a switch, these handy lights will allow you to add festive illumination to areas in your home without a power source. Here at 1000Bulbs.com, we have a great selection of indoor and outdoor battery-operated Christmas lights that give you the freedom to decorate without worrying about the location of the nearest outlet.
InvisiLite LED Light Strings
One of the best things about battery-powered light strings is that they allow you to isolate your decorating to smaller projects and areas of the home. Powered by only a discrete battery pack, indoor/outdoor wide angle mini LEDs are perfect for decorating wreaths, centerpieces, and fireplace mantles. For wiring that is a little less noticeable, these InvisiLite LED lights feature 360-degree illumination embedded in flexible, ultra-thin wiring. Cool to the touch, LED string lights work well against synthetic fabrics and greenery.
LED Mini String Lights
In case you didn’t already know, LED light bulbs have been proven to consume far less energy than standard incandescent bulbs, including Christmas lights. Battery-powered LED string lights consume less battery power and have a much longer life than traditional incandescent Christmas lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it can cost you up to twice as much to run incandescent mini lights as it would to run LED mini lights 12 hours a day for 40 days. Not only are LED lights safer due to their cooler temperature, but they are made from sturdy, epoxy lenses instead of glass, making them much more resistant to breakage.
5 Star LED Path Markers
Outdoor Christmas lighting can be even more of an inconvenience when it comes to finding a power source. Featuring a built-in controller, these outdoor battery-operated LED path markers will provide a safe and brightly-lit pathway for you and your guests. Sold in a set of five, the path markers automatically cycle through light-show functions and change colors as they fade, chase, or twinkle. For a glimpse at how these path markers work, click here. If you have any questions about our battery-powered Christmas lights, leave us a comment. Or, if you have any pictures of your Christmas decorations, share your pictures with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus!
Have you ever noticed how twinkling string lights on a Christmas tree or through a frosted window can create a warm, inviting ambiance? Well, if you’re someone who wants that magical feeling all year long, decorating your bedroom with Christmas lights will transform it into a comfortable oasis. Although Christmas lights are most widely used to decorate trees, fireplaces, and home exteriors during the holiday season, they have become a popular way to bring a little sparkle and decorative flair to everyday interiors. Here are five ways to keep your bedroom cozy and festive no matter the time of year!
Dress Up Your Mirror
Whether it’s a large standing mirror like this one, or a small mirror mounted on your bedroom wall, Christmas lights will instantly bring new life to this décor staple. Make sure your mirror is close to a plug, and simply drape the lights any way that you wish. Just about any light will work to create this look, but wide angle LED lights will emit omni-directional light for better illumination, not to mention the fact that they are 10 times more energy efficient than incandescent lights. Besides, everyone’s reflection looks a little bit better under the soft glow of dim, ambient lighting.
Wrap Your Bed Frame
Bed Frame Lights
To create a cozy place to catch some Zs, try wrapping lights around the bars of your bed frame. If you’re going for a dainty look with a touch of whimsy, try LED mini berry light strings. Whether you choose classic white or multi-color light strings, your bed will become a charming R&R destination. With a magical atmosphere like this, you’ll never want to leave!
Create Your Own Desk Lamp
Standard table and desk lamps are all well and good, but why not make your own? Find a medium to large glass jar, vase, or bottle and fill it with the lights of your choosing! You can use traditional incandescent mini string lights or personalize your new lamp by using festive novelty lights. Not only are light-filled jars one of the simplest DIY projects out there, but these whimsical creations will look lovely lighting up your desk, bedside table, or bookshelf.
Window Focal Point
Curtain Bedroom Lights
For a bit of a softer glow, hang lights behind window curtains made from a sheer fabric. The fabric will slightly dim the lights as well as create a luminous focal point in your bedroom. To achieve this look, try stringing LED C6 lights or anything similar along your window and use the curtains as a light-diffusing screen. The LED lights will not only stay cool against the fabric, but they’ll help you cut down on energy costs!
Make It Your Own
Shaped Christmas Lights
One of the best things about Christmas lights is that, with a little imagination and the right tools, you can arrange them into any shape your heart desires! While you can use a hammer and nails to create an outline for your design, you can also use mini adhesive light clips for easy mounting. Each clip comes with a 3M adhesive strip for a strong hold on surfaces and will work with both incandescent and LED mini string lights.
Have any questions about our wide selection of Christmas lights and accessories? Feel free to leave a comment or reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus!
Aug 23, 13
It may be late August, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start planning your Christmas decorating and getting your home ready for the upcoming holiday season. With that in mind, we’ve collected some unique Christmas decorations that will transform your home into a winter wonderland, making even Clark Griswold jealous.
Peter’s Flying Santa
Peter’s Flying Santa: Now this is pretty special. Peter’s Flying Santa attaches to the top of your tree and flies around. Complete with Santa, his sleigh, and his eight reindeer, Peter’s Flying Santa is compatible with or without tree toppers and is sure to add a whimsical touch to your Christmas décor! For a video demonstration, click here.
Christmas Lite. Co CW15R-51
Cowboy Christmas Lights: Sure, we sell lots of types of Christmas lights, from LED Christmas lights to net lights, to battery operated Christmas lights, but did you know we sell chili pepper lights? What about shotgun shell Christmas lights or cowboy boot Christmas lights? We even sell cow skull Christmas lights. So whatever your style, whether it be sophisticated, classic, or outside-the-city-limits, we’ve got you covered.
Texas A&M – Sterling 91511024ta
Untraditional Christmas Trees: Do you let out a “whoop” anytime you hear mention of Texas A&M? Is the blood that courses through your veins burnt orange? Wanting a break from traditional trees, looking for something more… interesting? Not only do we sell licensed university Christmas trees, we also have upside down and potted trees, and if those don’t tickle your fancy, look at our tinsel trees. Working with limited space this holiday season? Our corner and wall trees have you covered. If you’re looking to display your college football spirit, or just looking to take a break from the norm, check out our collection of unique trees!
Snowfall Lights LEDSNOW510
LED Snowfall Tubes: Every year I plan to romp through the snow on Christmas Day, yet every year I’m disappointed. Thanks, Texas. Well, when you can’t have the real thing, this is where LED snowfall tubes come in. These are pretty fantastic. These tubes have pure white LED “drops” that mimic falling snow. Try hanging these from the trees in your front yard for an unprecedented winter look. For a video of these tubes in action, click here.
Life-Size Christmas Props: Imagine our 6-foot fiberglass Santa holding a toy bag, being the focal point of your decoration layout. If a 6-foot Santa isn’t what you had in mind, how about a 6-foot fiberglass Nutcracker, guarding your lawn or your front door? Our life-size decorations are a great way to round out your holiday decorating plans!
Don’t forget about us when it’s time to break out these awesome decorations! Share your winter wonderland with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, or send us a copy at our physical address:
C/O Daniel Michaelree
2140 Merritt DR.
Garland, TX 75041
Nov 30, 12
Christmas is only 24 days away, but it’s not too late to put on your best lighting display ever! You may think you already know everything about Christmas lights and decorations, but there are a few awesome products you may have missed. Here are five of our favorites.
Bring back your (or your parents’) childhood memories with candelabra base bubble lights. Used since the 1940s, these unique bulbs aren’t as popular as they once were, but they’re a great idea for a retro-style Christmas. Each bubble light houses a tiny incandescent bulb that creates both heat and light to bubble the liquid within the tube. They even work as nightlights when the holidays are over!
Color-Changing LED Bulbs
Jealous of your neighbor’s Christmas light show, but don’t have time to set up complicated controllers? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just screw in some magic bulbs that did all of the work for you? Color-changing LED Christmas bulbs are just what you’re looking for! Simply replace your existing incandescent or LED C7 or C9 bulbs with these and watch as they cycle through red, blue, green, yellow, orange, and purple.
LED Snowfall Lights
If you live in a climate like ours here in Dallas, you may have given up hope for a White Christmas. But hang LED Snowfall lights from your trees and you can still watch the “snow” fall in the night sky. Ranging from 7 inches to over 6 feet long, each set of these suspended, water-resistant tubes contain cool white LEDs that chase and drift in randomized patterns, emulating a beautiful and calming snowfall.
Ideal for candlelit Christmas ceremonies and picturesque holiday displays, battery-operated candles are a safer and cleaner alternative to real candles. Great for windows, tables, and mantles, the wax-drip details and metallic bases of these incandescent and LED candles add a traditional look and feel to any space.
Christmas Light Stringers
C7 and C9 Christmas light stringers are the pro’s secret to a perfect outdoor holiday display. Not only can you choose whatever color of incandescent or LED bulb to use with these stringers, you can also cut them to fit any surface. Reached the end of your gutter? Cut off the excess wire and cap it. Visit our site to pick up whatever length you need, but don’t forget the end plugs!
So what are your holiday decorating ideas this year? Let us know in the comments and drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or Pinterest!
Nov 16, 12
You’ve set up your Christmas tree and gathered the family around, Clark Griswold-style. You plug in the lights and voilà!
A second goes by before you hear a collective groan. Your tree is so gnarled and lopsided it looks like it’s being slowly eaten away by moths. Half of the lights don’t work, and the other half only flicker. In short, your Christmas tree doesn’t look anything like the picture on the box.
Professional interior designers know setting up an artificial Christmas tree isn’t as easy as it looks. They know just how to adjust, test, and tweak until a Christmas tree looks bright and full, virtually oozing holiday cheer. Fortunately, you can do the same. Use these 4 professional tips for a problem-free tree this year!
Tip #1: Set Up the Stand the Right Way
First, set up your tree stand. Though this may not require the touch of an interior designer, it is literally the foundation to everything that comes after.
For two-piece steel or plastic stands, simply slide the two pieces together and apply slight pressure to the center hub until it clicks. For one-piece fold-up stands, open the legs to their locking position and tighten the bottom thumbscrew to secure. If you have a one-piece stand, no assembly is required.
If your stand is wobbly or flimsy, throw it away and get a real Christmas tree stand made with sturdy materials, superior craftsmanship, and wheels to make the tree easier to move and store.
Christmas Tree Bases
Tip# 2: Assemble the Tree Once Piece at a Time
Second, assemble the tree, taking time to adjust and level as you do so. Patience is key.
Insert the bottom section of the tree into the stand. Secure the tree by tightening the thumbscrews and allow the hinged branches to fall into their natural, horizontal position.
If you have a multi-section tree, add the other sections, taking care to lubricate the pole ends for easy insertion and removal at the end of the holiday season.
Tip #3: Shape the Tree Like a Pro
There are two basic ways to shape a tree: The traditional “V” shape and the “upswept” shape.
For a traditional shape, separate all the small limbs from the main branch, then work from the trunk outward, moving one limb up and one limb down, forming a “V” shape. Also form a “V” with the second set of limbs, but instead of up and down, angle one to the left and one to the right.
For an upswept tree shape, simply angle the limbs outward and upward, as if wind were blowing from the bottom of the tree.
Traditional Shaping (Top) and Upswept Shaping (Bottom)
Tip #4: Test Lights and Apply them Section-by-Section
Unless you have a pre-lit Christmas tree, the next step is to add your Christmas lights. Before you start, however, plug in each set of lights to make sure they work. Test for burned out bulbs and partially dead strings with a light tester and avoid the hassle and embarrassment of having to redecorate your tree halfway through Christmas dinner.
Now start lighting the tree, but not all at once. Make sure your tree is evenly lighted by hanging lights section-by-section and making corrections as you go.
Share Your Ideas
For more Christmas tips and tricks, check out previous articles on how to buy a Christmas tree, how to select mini lights, and how to throw a non-traditional Christmas celebration. Share your own tips in the comments, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, YouTube, and Pinterest.