The ultimate neighbourhood flex- called having tree lights in simpler terms- can set your house apart from the block. Tree lights are a key element in western cultures as the presence of these light indicate a festive occasion. But the deluge of options and requirements can often make it confusing for people to get tree lights. This article breaks down the various element of getting tree lights.
What are tree lights?
If you do not know what tree lights are then, WHERE ON EARTH WERE YOU THESE PAST 100 YEARS? Literally, tree lights are so common even a new born mosquito would recognize them.
All jokes aside, a formal description would be a string of miniature inter connected lights. Electronic tree lights first boomed in popularity in the early 20th century as people decorated Christmas trees with lights. This culture of decorating Christmas trees actually dates back further than the 20th century as these cultures were borrowed from old pagan rituals. So, in a way the modern Christmas lights are a modernization of old rituals.
After booming in popularity through Christmas trees, these lights became a staple in the US by 1950s. It became pretty much customary to decorate streets and buildings with lights in happy occasions. This culture later bled into other countries as well.
Types of tree lights
Tree lights nowadays have many different variations. Most of the variation revolves around the light itself. The type of light, technology, shapes sizes etc. are the key differentiators.
The first form of the tree light are the traditional incandescent lights. These are basically the old school filament lights that are just miniaturised. Incandescent lights glow by heating up a filament core situated within the bulb. These types of lights are cheaper because of how old this technology is. However, incandescent lights are extremely inefficient as these lights waste a lot of energy as heat. Also, incandescent lights wear out quickly because of the heat they generate.
Another type of lights are the LED lights. These lights glow by passing electricity through a diode. LED lights are more expensive upfront but manage to make up for this extra cost as these lights are highly efficient and require little electricity per light. LED lights have a longer life span too, further incentivising this kind of light, especially in the long run.
Other than these two different types of technology, the rest of the variations come down to size and colours. You can get micro-LEDs which are an even smaller version than the already small LED tree light. You can choose to get clear coloured lights or coloured lights. You can even choose to get multi-coloured ones to spice up the environment.
Getting tree lights- as with anything in this world- has some requirements. The main requirement that needs discussing is obviously electricity. To power the lights would can either choose to connect to the mains or you can use a battery. When selecting the power source, keep into consideration the number of lights and the type of light as these will dictate your options for power source. Incandescent bulbs consume more energy than LEDs and can need a direct connection to mains.
If you are planning to decorate outdoors- decorating the outside of your house or getting lights on the trees and bushes outside- you will want to make sure the connection to the mains is done properly. A good installer will take great care when installing the wiring. Still, you should check as faulty jerry-rigged work with wires connecting to mains can cause devastating aftermaths. If the wire shorts/ creates sparks around trees and twigs which are basically massive piles of fuel, a deadly fire can spawn.
Lastly, you should ask specifically for ‘parallelly wired lights’ and not ‘series wired lights’. In normal people terms, what these mean is that;
- in a series-wired light, when one solitary bulb fails, the whole light strip will shut down
- in a parallelly-wired light, multiple bulbs can fail but the overall light strip will continue functioning.
Lights wired in series are cheaper but deter from this allurance. When the main objective is fun and festivity, having whole light strips fail will only sour the moment.
The ultimate deciding factor in any aspect is cost. On average, the owner of an average sized house can be expected to pay up to €390 for decorating the exterior of his house. An estimate range of €240- €540 contains the amount owners usually pay. For higher end lighting owner can pay upwards of €1000.
If you want to DIY, then an average LED light strip can cost up to €45 per feet. From here you can get as much as you need and ‘daisy chain’ the light strips together. Daisy chaining is the term for interconnecting multiple of the same thing. Newer LED lights have connectors built in which you use to connect strips together and build a longer string.
Tree lights are a great way to enhance festivity and events. Lighting everything up; making the environment brighter will lift the mood up on occasions and pave the way for better enjoyment. Tree lights and other forms of lighting are now customs in many societies and cultures.