Choosing the best Christmas lights for your home

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Choosing the best Christmas lights for your home

When it comes to decorating our homes for the festive season, one element that can truly make a difference in creating a magical atmosphere is Christmas lights. However, with so many options available, choosing the right lights for your home can be a daunting task. Fear not, as the British Garden Centres team has compiled a comprehensive guide to illuminate your home in style!

Our Types of Lights

LED Lights: Energy-Efficient and Long-Lasting

LED lights have gained popularity in recent years due to their energy efficiency and long lifespan. They consume less power than traditional incandescent lights, resulting in lower electricity bills. LED lights also emit less heat, making them safer to use. LED lights consume 80-90% less energy than filament bulbs and can potentially last up to 100,000 hours, meaning they trump any traditional incandescent lights.

British Garden Centres is an expert in LED lighting with nearly 33 million energy-efficient LED lights in stores which is equivalent to 1,314,302 metres of lit length – that is 816 miles which is equivalent to flying from London to Porto in Portugal.

Novelty Lights

If you want to add a unique twist to your Christmas decor, consider novelty lights. We have novelty lights in abundance from LED reindeer and penguins, to snowflakes, candy canes and Santa Stop Here signs for your front porch. Novelty lights can be a fun way to express your creativity and make your decorations stand out from the crowd.

Choose the Right Colour

When it comes to Christmas lights, the colour choice can greatly impact the overall look and feel of your decorations. Here are some popular colour options in store to consider:

Warm White

Warm white lights are the go-to choice for many homeowners. They create a cosy and inviting ambience and are traditional holiday lights to have in the home. These lights pair well with both traditional and modern decor styles, making them a versatile option for all families.

Multi-coloured: Vibrant and Playful

For a more festive and livelier atmosphere, multi-coloured lights are a great choice. These lights come in a rainbow of colours and can add a playful touch to your holiday decorations. They are especially popular with families and children who appreciate the vibrant and cheerful display.

Ice White

Ice-white lights offer a contemporary and sophisticated look. They emit a brighter and crisper light, reminiscent of snowflakes and work well in minimalist or modern-themed homes, providing a sleek and elegant aesthetic.

How to choose your lights

Before purchasing Christmas lights, it’s essential to measure the area you plan to decorate. This will help determine the appropriate length and number of lights you need. The last thing you want is to run out of lights or have excessive leftover strands.

Running costs

If you want to save some money on your energy bills, LED lights are the way to go when it comes to lighting up your Christmas tree and home. Not only are they already cost-efficient, but you can save even more by using the built-in timer to turn the lights on and off, ensuring they are only in use when needed.  Some examples of costs include our 500 Treebrights Multi-Action Christmas Tree Lights are just 39p for an 8-hour day over a monthly period.

To save more energy and cut down on expenses, you can connect your lights to a timer and set the duration for which they will remain on during the day and night. Our 200 LEDs come in rainbow, gold, and warm whitecolours, and they include a timer that allows them to run for 30 days at a cost of just 16p a day over 30 days.

For fireplace or shelf displays, If decorating your fireplace, our LED parcels cost no more than 23p to run over 30 days, or if you wish to bring the Christmas stars into your home, the Blue and White LED  Stars will shine bright for just 66p over the month.


When decorating with Christmas lights, safety should always be a priority. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Only use lights that are specifically designed for outdoor or indoor use.
  • Check for any signs of wear or damage before installing the lights in your home or garden
  • Use extension cords and power outlets that are suitable for outdoor use
  • Do not overload electrical circuits to avoid potential fire hazards
  • Always turn off the lights when leaving your home or going to bed.

Thanks for reading.

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