White Christmas lights are the quiet, serene answer to the colorful and hard-to-miss accessories of the holidays. Rather than draping a house in showy, blindingly bright rainbows of flashing and blinking lights, they offer a soft overall glow, not unlike thousands of tiny candles. White Christmas lights won’t clash with a house’s existing color or decor, and look absolutely breathtaking when turned on just after a snowfall, where they will reflect beautifully off of the carpet of snow in your yard and on your roof.
Long after the holidays are over, white Christmas lights can be pressed into service as home decor, especially on porches and patios. Unlike their colorful counterparts, they do not immediately bring to mind the holidays when seen in Spring, Summer, or Fall. This makes them ideal when used as fun and whimsical lighting that invites guests to linger for conversation and cocktails. Certain individual light coverings can also be purchased to transform an ordinary white Christmas lights set into anything from small glowing lobsters to chili peppers to elegant miniature Japanese lanterns that glow delightfully.
If you are planning to use white Christmas lights as decor, in season or otherwise, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions. While new smaller models of Christmas lights might not put off as much heat as their larger vintage cousins, it is still important to keep them from touching flammable objects like curtains. Keep a few spare Christmas light bulbs in a junk drawer in care of burn-outs: a single bulb dying won’t take out the whole string in newer models, but several could impact the integrity of the light string. Once you’ve plugged them in and hung them where you’d like, just kick back and enjoy the soft glimmer of these peaceful pieces of decor – they’ll put you in a jolly mood no matter what month it may be.