Menards 2021 December Home Improvement: Christmas lights

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Menards is recommending Christmas lights as one of it’s December 2021 Home Improvement accessories.

They say lights are cost-effective and add the “perfect touch” of sparkle to any space.

Whether on a Christmas tree or hung around a house, lights add to the happiness and joy that come with the holidays.

Lighting options can be unlimited, therefore making the right selection that matches your personal taste can be a challenge.

Menards has listed characteristics to consider when deciding between LED and incandescent:

  • Durability – Exterior Christmas lights are made to withstand the freezing temperatures that winter brings. Depending where you live and the weather trends, interior lights could be universal for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Cost – Upfront costs for LED lighting is more expensive because of their longevity. LED lights tend to last 3-4 years longer than classic incandescent, making them a better investment in the long run.
  • Theme – Deciding which style light option is best for the season can depend on the crowd, the mood, and the overall look you are going for. Ranging from large bulb lights, mini string, icicle and more, lights are a great way to customize your space.
  • Energy Efficiency – LED lights use as little as 10% of the energy incandescent lights use. While LED lights shine brighter and faster, incandescent filament takes a while to heat up and product light. Using LED lighting will reduce the risk of fire because their heat is subtle and hard to notice.
  • Distance – Depending on the area you are looking to cover, bundles range from as small as 20 count to 300 count. Available in a variety of styles, colors and sizes, making sure you have the right amount of lights is crucial to a successful holiday season. Keeping an extra set of replacement bulbs on hand is recommended to get the most out of your lights.

Types of lights include:

  • String/Rope – Usually used on Christmas trees, roofs, canopies, and more.
  • Icicle – Primarily used on exterior edging such as gutters and house trim.
  • Projector – Offers a range of characters, designs, and colors to give your house exterior some character.
  • Novelty – Adds a retro/antique flare to your home with its throwback design.

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Lucas Sellem

Lucas Sellem

Lucas joined KFVS 12 in October 2021.