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Christmas lights play a key role in creating festive ambience. From classic fairy lights dressing the tree to light-up festive figurines, lighting plays such an integral role in setting the scene for Christmas cheer.
Firstly consider how you wish to use lighting to illuminate your home over the festive period? The Christmas tree is a good place to start, it is the real star of Christmas decorating after all.
For trees you can’t go wrong with classic fairy lights, however they are no longer just a string of lights. From extra long cables with multi-coloured hues to clever smart phone operated sets, the humble fairy light has come a long way in recent years.
Looking for a tree? Read: Best artificial Christmas trees to dress your home for the festive season
Wherever you’re shining light this season, be inspired by our pick of the best Christmas lights to brighten up your home.
The best Christmas lights for 2019
1. John Lewis & Partners Party Neon Lights – best star lights
If there’s one retailer who knows how to do Christmas showpieces, it’s John Lewis & Partners. This year they have a whole trend for all things party related, of which lights play a key role. Neon lights in particular seem to be a focus for bringing the party vibes. We’re championing the new neon star lights.
Teamed here with very Christmasy-themed designs of trees, which we also love, they are a shining example of how you can shop wisely and invest in pieces that aren’t just for Christmas. With the trend for celestial themed homewares these bright lights are a great seasonal buy.
Size dimensions: H55 x W55cm
2. Sainsbury’s Home Christmas Noir Copper Tree – best light up copper tree
Add a contemporary touch to your Christmas decorations by adding copper. This light up copper tree is just the thing. Standing just 30cm tall, dressed with 20 LED lights it’s ideal to add a modern festive feel to living rooms, hallways or even bedrooms. It’s battery powered, meaning there’s no need to stretch to the nearest plug socket.
Requires three AA batteries, which are included. The LED lights in this product are made to be long-lasting, as they cannot be replaced.
Size dimensions: H32.5 x W17.8 x D17.8cm
3. Asda Flamingo Light – best flamingo light
This is THE light for Flamingo fans looking to make a statement this Christmas. The fabulous flamingo is mains powered, meaning it won’t run of power to glow pink all Christmas. Best of all, the Santa hat’s removable, so this light can be enjoyed all year round. SOLD, we’ll take a flamboyance please!
Size dimensions: H98 x W53 x D27cm
4. Dunelm Snowflake Curtain Lights – best Christmas window lights
Dress windows in style with the help of an elegant set of window lights. The warm white light of these sweet LED Snowflake Curtain Lights will create ambience both indoor and out – filling windows with a soft glow. Boasting a beautiful dainty design they will dd an elegant frosty glow to your home.
Featuring automatic on/off technology with 6 hours on/18 hours off and low voltage LED bulbs, these lights are effortless. No mains required either. With an extended battery life you get increased efficiency. all round winner.
5. Matalan 400 LED Lights – best extra long Christmas tree lights
When it comes to decorating the tree with lights, the more the merrier we say. More often than not you’ll end up with 2 sets of lights to make them stretch the entire height of the tree.
Wave goodbye to two sets thanks to this generous set of 400 lights on one enormously long 20m cable, saying goodbye to having two plugs and one awkwardly higher threaded cable. This one set has plenty of warm white lights to dress even the tallest of trees. Can be used indoors and out.
Size dimensions: L20m
6. Homebase Fairy Lights – best coloured Christmas lights
This Christmas a key trend is decorating with proud vibrant colours and quirky kitsch characters – for this look multi-coloured fairy lights are ideal. If you want to embrace the vibrant decorating trend for this year then a set of colourful lights is must.
These bright colourful LED fairy lights are sure to add vibrancy to any home. Complete with 10 multi function controlled lights there’s a setting for all festive moods.
The mains powered string of lights boast a 5m cable, to make placing them a breeze.
Size dimensions: L23.75cm
7. Argos Home Neon Tree – best neon Christmas light
Trade traditional for on-trend neon! Give your decorations a seasonal shakeup with this a statement neon light up tree. Neon lights are very much the lighting accessories of now, and they’ve never been more affordable. This festive tree deign stands 31cm tall, making it ideal for a dining table, mantlepiece or hallway console – even a bedroom to add a festive glow.
The pre-lit indoor design is battery powered, for ease – requires three AA batteries.
Size dimensions: H31 x W17cm
8. Cox & Cox Snowball Lights – best pom-pom lights
Pom-poms have been a key trend again this year. What’s not to love about this set of white pom-pom lights – they double up as mini snowballs! New to the collection this year this battery powered set are perfect to add a playful touch to your Christmas tree or mantlepiece this year.
Size dimensions: L210cm
9. Lights for Fun LED Slim Pillar Candles – best LED candles
You can’t beat a classic candle for setting the scene, especially at Christmas time. But naked flames are no ones friend, especially in a hectic family home. These candles are perfect for lining tables, staircases. mantelpieces even windowsills. The Church-style imitation candles get the look, without the fire hazard.
TruGlow candles are as close to the real thing as you can get. Combining hand poured ivory wax and innovative technology, the flickering flames have a “just lit” appearance. The look perfectly mimics that of a real candle. Complete with a handy timer function, these really are the best alternative to real candlelight.
Top tip: When it comes to dressing the tree switch the lights on first so you can clearly see where to place them, ensuring even distribution. Start from the bottom and feed them through the middle to keep wires hidden.