In this guide we’ll look at the best Christmas lights for your house and front garden.
I’ve compared design, brightness, functions and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Are The Best Christmas Lights?
More Detailed Christmas Light Reviews
Icicle Lights 220 LED 7.5m Bright/Cool White Outdoor Christmas Lights Review
These Icicle Lights 220 LED 7.5m Bright/Cool White Outdoor Christmas Lights are the best Christmas lights for garden use because they are bright, have 220 LED bulbs and come with a timer and a long lead wire.
These Christmas light have a 7.5 metre lit length making them ideal for the front of your house or in a tree or shrubs in the front garden. The lights can be set to a variety of modes including combination, steady on, slow fade, waves, slow glow, chasing, sequential and twinkle. The lights have a bright, cool light. The lights also feature a timer so they can be set to on for 8 hours and off for sixteen so you can set them and forget them.
The lights are mains powered and extra-low voltage making them safe for outdoor use. They are also to IP44 standard. They come with a 10-metre lead wire which makes them easy to plug in and position wherever you want them. They also come with a 2-year warranty.
These are the best Christmas lights for outdoor use because they are safe, simple to use and make a dramatic yet chic statement.
BlueFire Meteor Lights 50cm 10 Spiral Tubes 540 LEDs Review
These BlueFire Meteor Lights feature 10 tubes with 540 LEDs that create the effect of falling snow, making a striking feature in your front garden.
The tubes of these lights are made of hardwearing transparent PVC and each tube contains 54 LEDs that light in sequence to create a falling snow effect. The lights have nice bright, cool white LED bulbs. The lights feature a nice long lead that makes positioning them in your garden and hiding the wire easy.
The lights are low voltage and IP65 waterproof making them safe for outdoor use. The lights come with a 2-year warranty.
These lights make a beautiful and striking feature in the garden and can be used to decorate the house or a tree.
JnDee Safe Voltage Fully Weatherproof Icicle Christmas Fairy Lights Review
These JnDee Safe Voltage Fully Weatherproof Icicle Christmas Fairy Lights have 400 LEDs on 80 strings that imitate icicles hanging from your house and give a beautiful wintry sparkle to your home.
These lights have come in a range of colours including blue, cool white, warm white and multicoloured. They also have several modes so you can have them continuously on, flashing, in waves, sequential, chasing and more.
The lights have a 10-metre lead cable making it easy to position them wherever you want in the garden. The lights are low voltage and waterproof making them safe for use outdoors.
These lights create a beautiful sparkly effect in the garden and give your home a lovely Christmassy look.
Christmas Projector Lights, infinitoo 17 Patterns Rotating Spotlight Review
The Christmas Projector Lights, infinitoo 17 Patterns Rotating Spotlight projects images onto your house to create a lovely Christmassy feel.
This device projects rotating images onto your home. You can choose from fun Christmassy characters to classy snowflakes depending on your mood. The set includes a remote control with timer so you can set the projector for a certain length of time and adjust the speed of rotation.
The projector is easy to use. It is set on a ground spike that you insert into the garden around 25 – 35 feet from the surface you want to project on to. You then insert the slide of your choice. The projector is corrosion resistant and IP65 waterproof.
This projector is not just for Christmas as it includes themes for Halloween, Easter, birthdays, New Year and Valentine’s day, too. All in all, there are 17 slides to choose from.
This projector is a great way to liven up your Christmas decorations and produces bright, attractive images that really add to the Christmassy feel.
100 LED Battery Power Operated String Fairy Lights Review
These multicoloured LED Battery Power Operated String Fairy Lights include 100 coloured lights, are safe for outdoor use and offer great value for money.
These lights are over 11 metres long, are battery-operated for no-fuss installation and are IP44 rated for safe outdoor use. They include a timer function so that the light can be set on for 6 hours and then go off for 16 hours. They also feature 8 different modes including steady on, flashing, sequential and more.
These lights are a versatile addition to your Christmas decorations as they can be used indoors or out, placed anywhere in the home or garden without the need for a plug and add an attractive festive feel to any space.
The lights require 4 AA batteries which are not included. These will power the light for approximately 80 hours.
These are the best Christmas lights for home use if you are looking for a safe, fuss-free and economical way to brighten up your home at Christmas.
House and Front Garden Christmas Lights Buyer’s Guide
Christmas lights for the home and garden come in a dazzling array of colours and designs from the jazzy to the uber-cool. If you are looking for a traditional, stylish feature for your garden then snowfall effect or icicle effect lights in cool white or blue make a stunning yet sophisticated feature. For something more modern and fun, consider multicoloured lights.
Projectors offer a simple way to create a stunning Christmas light show without the need for climbing ladders to install them. Projectors allow you to change the theme depending on your mood or the occasion from stylish snowflakes to Christmas characters.
Christmas light usually use LEDs which are bright, safe and economical. You can choose from a range of colours to suit your theme. If you want white light It is worth considering whether to go for cool white or warm white lights as these have very different effects. Cool whites are great for snowfall effects and icicles and for more modern designs. In contrast, warm white has more of a candle-like colour making them ideal for traditional schemes.
You should choose modern low voltage lights as these are safer and reduce the risk of shock and fires. In addition, if you are installing your lights outdoors, they need to be waterproof.
The ingress protection rating guides you to how waterproof the lights are. This is usually in the form of two letters and two numbers. The second number shows how waterproof the lights are with the higher number indicating more protection
If the last number is 3 the lights are protected from water spray at a 60-degree angle.
If the last number is 4 the lights are protected from water splashing at any angle.
If the last number is 5 the lights are protected against water jets from any angle.
Lights with these ratings are waterproof in the above situations but should never be submerged in water.
The best Christmas lights use bulbs which are very efficient so should not make too much of an impact on your electricity bill. LED bulbs are up to 90% more efficient than incandescent bulbs. They are longer-lasting, too, with the average LED bulb lasting for 4,000 hours of use before burning out.
Christmas Lights FAQ
How to put lights on a Christmas tree?
Christmas tree lights can either be stacked or hung end to end. For showcase lighting, we recommend using 200 lights per foot of tree. For standard lighting on a real Christmas tree, we recommend 100 lights per foot of tree.
Divide the tree into 3 triangular sections from top to bottom. Plug in the first set of lights and place the last bulb at the very top of the tree. Weave the lights back and forth across your triangle until you reach the end of the string of lights.
Once you have covered the first triangle, move onto the second and the second set of lights. Repeat for the final triangle, then take a step back and admire your handiwork!
How to plug in Christmas lights without an outdoor outlet?
Decorating the outside of your home is a little more complicated if you don’t have an outdoor outlet. Outdoor wall socket kits are available and can be left outside even in bad weather. These connect to your home’s electricity supply and offer an easy and safe way to set up your outdoor Christmas lights.
If you’re very committed to your outdoor Christmas decorations, you can use your porch or outdoor light as an outlet. Unscrew the bulb and replace it with screw outlets where you can then plug in your Christmas lights. We recommend seeking the advice of an electrician before doing this .
Finally, battery powered or solar powered lights are a great option. These are safe, easy to use and very affordable.
How many lights should you hang on a tree?
This depends on the type of lighting you want. For standard decorative lighting, we recommend 100 lights for every foot of tree. If you’re after a more minimalist look, 50 lights per foot of tree is best. For showcase lighting that’ll have your entire living room glowing, 200 lights per foot of tree is a good start!
Christmas light really add a lovely festive feel to your home at Christmas time. With such a huge range available you can find just the right ones to suit your taste and your décor. For a lovely chic effect, I recommend the Icicle Lights 220 LED 7.5m Bright/Cool White Outdoor Christmas as they are safe, have a timer and create a stunning feature in the garden.