Give your home a touch of winter wonder with dazzling icicle lights. It’s important to know the types, features and best places to hang your icicle lights before deciding on how many you’ll need.
Icicle Lights Overview
When thinking about adding Christmas icicle lights to your décor, consider the two types of lights that are available: incandescent and LED. Incandescent icicle lights give off a warm glow and are a cost-effective solution, but they can heat up with extended use. If you’d rather have a cool glow, opt for LED icicle lights. LED icicle lights use less energy and last nearly 20 times longer than incandescent icicle lights. And, since they burn at a lower temperature, LED icicle lights stay cool to the touch.
Light functions are another factor to think about when you’re in the market for Christmas icicle lights. Add an instant wow factor to your home with dripping icicle lights. Dripping icicle lights imitate the look of water droplets cascading down an icicle, creating a striking wintry scene. Some Christmas icicle lights twinkle, change colors and can be controlled with a remote. If you want to keep things simple, stick with non-blinking icicle lights.
Decide where you’re going to hang your icicle lights. Icicle lights are commonly used to line eaves and awnings, but they can add a frosty flourish to deck railings, fences and arbors. If you decorate your eaves and/or awnings, start with 60 feet of icicle lights, then include an extra 10 to 12 feet if needed. Icicle lights make a welcome addition to indoor decorations, too. Drape icicle lights along your stair railing for guests to admire, or hang them across curtain rods or headboards to give your bedroom a festive ambiance.
• Make sure there is an accessible power outlet nearby for your outdoor decorations, no matter if they’re LED icicle lights, Christmas inflatables
or Christmas path lights
. If you need to use extension cords, secure them with electrical tape and keep them away from high-traffic areas to avoid trips and falls.
• Use a light timer that will automatically turn your decorations on and off. This will help lower the risk of electrical hazards and reduce your monthly energy bill.
Whether you hang icicle lights outdoors, indoors or both, getting into the holiday spirit is easy with these bright and whimsical additions. Check out our How to Hang Christmas Lights guide
to get started.