Eight Christmas Gift Ideas from 1000Bulbs.com

Nov 08, 13 Eight Christmas Gift Ideas from 1000Bulbs.com

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.

Authentic Models AS080

Authentic Models AS080

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.

SHL 1101155

SHL 1101155

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!

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What are the Different Types of Christmas Trees?

Oct 25, 13 What are the Different Types of Christmas Trees?

 

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.

Barcana Flocked Silver Tip 81-204-080-01

Barcana 81-204-080-01

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.

Sterling 6015-75BL

Sterling 6015-75BL

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!

 

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Halloween Lighting Tips

Oct 04, 13 Halloween Lighting Tips

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

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

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!

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Why You Should Use Battery-Operated Christmas Lights

Sep 20, 13 Why You Should Use Battery-Operated Christmas Lights

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

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.

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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

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!

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5 Ways to Decorate Your Bedroom with Christmas Lights

Bedroom Christmas LightsHave 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

Light-Framed Mirror

Light-Framed 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

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

Jar Lights

Jar Lights

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

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

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!

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Five Can’t-Miss Christmas Decorations

Aug 23, 13 Five Can’t-Miss Christmas Decorations

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

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

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

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

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.

Barcana 55-24016-118

Barcana 55-24016-118

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:

1000Bulbs.com

C/O Daniel Michaelree

2140 Merritt DR.

Garland, TX 75041

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