5 Types of Christmas Lights and Where to Use Them
5-mm Mini String Lights
Best For: Dormers, eaves, and peaks of roofs
Frey advises placing the centermost bulb at the peak of the roofline to align the lights hanging from each side.
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Best For: Walkways and exterior trees
Balance C9 bulbs on the roof with smaller ones below. Frey likes lining pathways with C7s to prevent eyes from being drawn down rather than up at the whole display. Choose pure white LED bulbs for outdoor displays; they’ll have a greater impact.
Buy It: Brite Star C7 100-LightFaceted LED Pure White Light Set, $29; homedepot.com
Best For: Wreaths and tabletop displays
Battery-operated strands are better options for decor placed far away from outlets, says Frey.
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C6 Colored Lights
Best For: Anywhere that needs more light and color
Retro-style bulbs are great for hanging on trees or wrapping around porch columns. Using a 70-light strand is a cost-effective way to make a statement.
Buy It: Holiday Wonderland Christmas LED Light Set, C6, Multi, 70-Ct., $13; truevalue.com
If you’d like to consult a pro for your decorating your own home, Frey recently launched Online Holiday Design, which offers personalized DIY Christmas lighting. Send in a photo of your house, and Frey and his team will design a custom lighting display and send all the materials you’ll need to bring a magical vision to life.