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Year Round Lighting With String Lights

Many people assume that string lights are only for special or holiday use. This is far from the truth. Many of these lights are designed for year round or everyday use. In many cases it is the ideal alternative to a few large and harsh light bulbs, which would blind a person when they were turned on suddenly in a dark room.

Uses for Sting Lights:

1) Indoor uses;

A baby’s nursery is one example of the wonderful use for indoor string lights. They give the needed light without hitting the little one’s eye and making them cry. They can even be in colors other than white to match with the walls or other decor in the room.

Another indoor application would be for office or restaurant use. In an office they could be used to highlight indoor plants or paintings. In a restaurant they could be used to help set the customer at ease, or different parts of the dining area could be done in different color lights, with the patron’s being allowed to choose what area they sit in.

2) Outdoor uses;

When placed out of doors, string lights can be used to light a walkway to increase safety for those walking at night and make more of the space useable at night time.

They can also be used to accent certain areas of the yard to show off certain plants or features.

Features of Outdoor lights;

Many of these solar string lights come with solar panels so that you do not have to worry about a power source. The panel can be placed in an inconspicuous spot to collect energy during the day, and then when it gets dark they light up on their own. Some solar lights may come with a switch so you can have the lights on during the day if you choose too.  Other types of outdoor string lights need to be plugged into an electrical socket, so you need to plan the placement of the lights accordingly. With this last type you need to make sure that they are weather proof or you will need to bring them in before you water, or if it rains.

Great Uses For String Lights

There are many uses for string lights, some are obscure and some are practical. String lights are exactly what they sound like, lights on a string. You can buy them year round at specialty stores, but the best time to find them everywhere is Christmas. They come in many different colors including blue, purple and red and different string counts from 50 lights to 1000 lights on a strand. They also can chase each other, flash on and off, fade in and fade out, or blink in time with music. They are constructed better than old string lights. In the past, if one light would go out on the string or was missing, the whole string would lose power. There have also instituted end to end electrical plugs making it easier to find a power source and making sure it is not overrun with too many electrical plugs.

Indoor and outdoor string lights are very versatile and add a touch of whimsy to normal decor. Obviously, you can use them to lighten up your Christmas tree indoors or out, have them twinkle around your windows, drape down like icicles, or illuminate the wreath on your front porch. Wedding and party planners and decorators use them in pulling off the look they are going for. The trees that line your street in December most likely have them. They are used to adorn most any surface. But what about some not so thought about uses? Your house is smelly and you want a way to freshen it up. Go to the kitchen and grab a Mason canning jar with lid. Fill the jar up with a strand of 25-50 clear/white lights. Then fill in the remaining spaces with fragrant potpourri. Punch a lot of holes in the top of the lid and one big one for the plug to go through. Screw the lid on accounting for some give in the cord so it will be able to plug in without tipping over. Once you plug it in, the lights will warm up the surrounding potpourri and emit the most beautiful fragrance. Do you have an unfinished basement? Is there a corner that is impossibly dark that you can not see anything in? Grab a ladder and start climbing up with your led string lights in hand. Drape them and twist them around the corner to make it bright enough to see what you need. I went to a party where my college friend attached them to their ceiling in a pattern to emulate stars and constellations in the sky. It was quite dramatic and practical way to decorate for a party.

So go unpack your boxes of string lights and use them all year long.