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Why you shouldn’t buy your LED Christmas lights at WalMart

You may be surprised to find that there is quite a difference in quality when shopping for LED Christmas lights depending on where you purchase them. From the retail or novelty products at your local big box store, to the commercial or premium grade products offered here at Holiday LED’s, and everything in between.

Each year we get several emails from distraught consumers, about the defective LED Christmas lights they purchased from various big box stores. The story is always the same: the consumer purchases the lights, pays double the cost that they would for traditional incandescents, and the lights stopped working in less than one year. Without fail, the big box chain that they purchased their faulty lights from refer the customer to the manufacturer, with whom the customer has had no contact or relationship. (A large number of big box stores get their lights from “Holiday Time” and customers unfortunately believe that we are the manufacturer, because our name contains the word Holiday.) Unfortunately, the customer is probably not going to have much luck getting a replacement from “Holiday Time”, if they can find a way to contact them at all. And even if they can find them, they’ll probably have to pay to ship their lights back, and then pay return shipping for the replacement set (which will be of equally low quality).

So, what are the major differences in quality between the high quality LED lights and strings that are sold here, and what you can find at your local big box store:

  • All Product we sell, with the exception of the Color-Rite Line, will have 1-Piece Bulb Construction – For additional information on this benefit, please see our article One-Piece vs Two-Piece Construction Christmas Lights

  • Color Consistency – White colors are specified and matched to samples we provide – Multi Color combinations will have even color distribution (all colors have the same amount of bulbs)

  • Full-Wave Rectified – Higher Quality sets, that produce a flicker free, super bright, and consistent light output.

  • Reliability – We have purchased from the same factories for over 10 years, and only purchase UL approved, RoHS compliant, and Energy Star labeled Products.

  • Variety – Wide selection of bulb styles with over 20 color options, Green, Brown, and White Wire Options, and many more specialty products!

  • Product Knowledge and Service – We can assist with:
    • Selecting the right product for your project
    • Estimating the amount of product needed
    • Assisting with design/lay-out
    • Can provide technical assistance or specifying information

As with most things, you get what you pay for. Our LED Christmas lights cost more than what you’ll find at big box retailers, but they will last longer and be more energy efficient. More importantly, if they are not what we advertise, you can just call us and we will gladly replace them. We stand behind our products. Our lights cost more, because they are higher quality, and we back them up with a strong warranty and outstanding customer service. At the end of the day, big box stores, are charging consumers double for an LED product that has no chance of lasting much longer than an incandescent string or bulb. So if you are looking for cheap, throw away Christmas lights, don’t waste your money on LEDs from the big box stores–buy the cheapest incandescent lights you can find, and at least you will get what you paid for.

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Selecting the best bulb shape

Not many people take a huge interest in Christmas lights. Most people pull the lights out of the closet or attic sometime around Thanksgiving, hang them on the Christmas tree, or drape them over some bushes, and then take them down after New Years. If you are thinking about replacing those old incandescent lights this year with energy-efficient LED string lights you may be surprised at all the options of Christmas light bulb sizes, shapes, and applications that are available. There are differences between the options, and it is good to know a little about the choices available before you go shopping.

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Completed DIY Patriotic Star Frame

3 ways to show your Patriotic Spirit with Red, White and Blue String Lights

#1 – Use them to light an appropriately themed frame

Whether it is stars, a flag, or the letters USA, these 5MM Red, Pure White, and Blue Combo String Lights are the perfect choice for showing your Patriotic Spirit. And with these simple patriotic light decoration tips, you’ll be able to have your perfect design ready just in time for the most patriotic time of the year! Simply zip tie them onto your frame of choice. Continue reading 3 ways to show your Patriotic Spirit with Red, White and Blue String Lights

Promoting Your Event with LED Lights

LED lights are an eye-catching and innovative way to draw attention to local events. This year, take your events beyond decorating the façade of your business or wrapping the landscaping in rope lights. Those time-honored decorative techniques will still add excitement to your event, but to really make some heads turn—get creative!

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Finding Inspiration in the Colors of Easter

If warm weather, birdsong, and a few early buds on the trees haven’t gotten you thinking spring, knowing that Easter is coming should do the trick! Bright, pastel Easter colors are a nice departure from the deep tones of winter. You’ll find these happy shades blooming in Easter dresses and other spring clothing, baskets with artificial straw, jellybeans, candy coatings and seasonal sweet treats, and egg coloring kits. So while you’re preparing for Easter egg hunts, church services, and chocolate overload, it’s great to know you can add bright, safe LED lighting to your decorations—in colors that perfectly match the season. Continue reading Finding Inspiration in the Colors of Easter

5 Ways to Create a Commercial-Grade Lighting Display

Have you just moved to a new neighborhood that goes all out with Christmas decorations? How about a small business owner trying to spruce up your storefront around the holiday season? Whatever your reasoning, Holiday LEDs is here with some tips that can help you transform an area into a commercial-grade setting that offers a warm welcome to anyone passing by.

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Valentine’s Ambience: Restaurant Decorating for the Big Night

Valentine's Ambience: Restaurant Decorating for the Big Night
The origins of Valentine’s Day have always been shrouded in romantic mystery. Whether St. Valentine himself had any romance in his life or not, at the end of the 5th century Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as Saint Valentine’s Day, and a melding of Christian idealized love with pagan traditions and fertility rites led to some of the Valentine’s Day rituals we observe today. Two Valentine’s Day rituals that have remained constant since the Middle Ages are sending notes, and spending the day on romance.

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The History and Meaning of Christmas Lights in America

The American tradition of decorating evergreen trees, homes, and landscapes, with brightly lit Christmas lights is not as old as many people think. Most of us probably assume that Americans have always used Christmas lights, in one form or another, but this isn’t exactly true. As it turns out, this American tradition has only been around for about 60 years, but the development of the tradition has a story and history that began centuries ago. Continue reading The History and Meaning of Christmas Lights in America