Christmas lighting ideas

It just isn’t Christmas without holiday lighting. Indulge in the yuletide spirit with indoor Christmas lighting, or celebrate the season with an outdoor lightscape. A wide variety of traditional and non-traditional lighting options are available to give your home the perfect holiday glow.

For traditionalists there are a range of classic outdoor lighting displays. Create a beautiful entryway to your holiday wonderland by placing a snowflake or starlight arch at the end of your property. Decorate a long walkway with several pre-lit Winchester fir trees. If animated scapes are appealing, select a life-sized snowman or a few giant candy canes to pepper your front lawn.

Traditional strands of lights around the outside of a house are always a hit. Go for classics, like white, red or multi-coloured lights. Compliment the strands by placing a pre-lit wreath on the door. If your roof has a large slope, consider adding a lighted star, snowflake or sleigh onto the shingles.

Houses with modern architecture may need non-traditional outdoor lighting that leans toward winter wonderland rather than a pure Christmas theme. Options include animal topiaries for the lawn or Morovian stars for outdoor trees. Paper lanterns in white or blue are a nice touch on decks or in trees during the holiday season. While large lawn globes and slip-on outdoor sconces, can make even the most modern home look like a holiday haven.

If you are unsure about creating an outdoor lighting scheme yourself, consider hiring a designer like Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. Designers will work with you to create a holiday design to suit your needs.

A holiday lighting scheme indoors is just as important as outdoors. Wall lights in the shape of stars, candy canes, angels or snowflakes are great for large scale houses with vaulted ceilings. Switch out everyday sconces and night lights for holiday versions. Meyda Tiffany offers a beautiful line of Christmas-themed night lights. For an out-of-the-box take on holiday lighting, look at designers like George Kovacsor Modernica, their sleek, modern fixtures are perfect for winter decorating.

Lighting in the windows is just as important as wall lighting. Electric candles as well as themed window hangings in the shape of snowmen or Santa are viable options to bring holiday cheer.

Tree lights not only illuminate your ornaments but can help give a room that warm holiday glow. Make your tree really dazzle with a lighted tree topper. There are even a wide variety of LED and fiber-optic tree toppers in traditional shapes like angels, snowmen and stars.

Christmas lighting may put a big dent in your pocket, but it will last for more than one holiday season. Better-quality lighting will also leave you struggling with fewer outages. This is important during a time when the focus should be on family and fun.

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