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What are the Best Types of Christmas Lights?

For a long time the gold standard for Christmas lights was the classic C-9 Christmas light bulbs, often in warm-white or multicolored clipped to the edges of roofs and laid on top of trees and shrubs. Then LED Christmas lights ushered in a new era to compete with the classic C-9 with brighter lights, more colors, energy efficiency, and a modern look. This solved a lot for Christmas lights, but consumers still complained about having to get on the roof every year to hang lights or pay a company to do it. This is what inspired the new Christmas light solution, permanent Christmas lights. At first it was primitive Christmas lights in a track to hide the wires, but it has evolved into an elegant product that is invisible during the day, yet brighter with more functionality than standard Christmas lights or LED Christmas lights. 

The Best Permanent Christmas Lights:

When it comes to finding the best permanent Christmas lights, the most important characteristics to look for are customization (can you control each light?), the look of the product during the day (is it hidden or an eye sore?), brightness, and accent + security functions. From our research and testing, the best provider is JellyFish Lighting. It is an elegant system that is hidden during the day and allows for use year round. The JellyFish Lighting product matches the color of the eaves to be discreet from the street. The track is small, ¾ of an inch by 1 and ¼ inches. From our testing, when you drive by a home with JellyFish Lighting during the day you can not see the lights. The lights are very bright, even on two and three story homes. The customization seems somewhat endless, each light can be controlled with different movements, colors, and effects. They also double as accent and security lights for everyday use, which makes them even more valuable.


DIY or Professional Christmas Lights?

When it comes to Christmas lights, one of the hardest questions is to hire professionals or to do it yourself. If you hire professionals, you may have to pay large upfront fees or sign a multi-year contract with ongoing fees for storing the lights. If you do it yourself you will have to design the look of your lights, run the wires, possibly climb a ladder running the risk of injury, hang the lights, and store them. This is once again why permanent Christmas lights are the best solution. Depending on the cost of professionals hanging Christmas lights for you, it typically takes 2-4 years to recoup the cost of a permanent Christmas light system. If you install a permanent Christmas light system yourself it would take even less time to recoup the investment. Although four years seems like a long time, and it is, permanent Christmas lights typically last longer than that and you get more functionality from them, there are less people on your roof, and you can turn the lights on with the touch of a button. 


The Best Classic C-9 Christmas Lights:

Although C-9s are a classic, we think it’s worth it to upgrade to LED C-9s. They last longer and use less electricity. From our research, we think some of the best C-9 LED bulbs are by Noma. Not only do they have spring-loaded clips for faster hanging, but they are also available in a variety of colors, including the classic warm white!

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The Best LED Christmas Lights:

With so many options it’s hard to decide which is best. Our top pick is the Outlyts Christmas string lights.

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Icicle, Snowflake, and Unique Christmas Light Bulbs:

Any unique lights certainly have their place in the running for best Christmas lights. They can even pair well with permanent Christmas lights or more traditional LED Christmas lights as well when placed on railings. We like the look of the Toodour icicle LEDs for the spacing and coloration. 

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Although it’s been said many times and many ways, the best Christmas lights are permanent Christmas lights! From our research, we have found JellyFish Lighting to be the best. If you would like to get a quote for JellyFish Lighting just click here to put in your information. If permanent Christmas lights isn’t working for you right now, there are still plenty of options for modern LEDs and classic C-9 bulbs. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!