With Christmas so close, many people are scrambling to finish up (or start) their decorating.  Below are just a handful of the many frequently asked questions customers have about their Christmas lights, particularly LED lights:

Q:   LEDs are noticeably more expensive than incandescent lights.  Is it really worth the higher cost to buy LED?

A:   Yes!  Buying LEDs is almost like making an investment because you save money in the end.  LEDs use less power, so that is less your electric bill will be.  Additionally, the bulbs are extremely durable and the wire lasts longer.

Q:   Is it true that you can connect more LED strands together than incandescent lights?

A:   Yes it is.  Due to the advanced technology used to create them, you can connect an average of 3 times more strands together than you could with incandescent lighting.  If you go commercial grade, you can connect way more than that; up to 125 strands on one plug!

Q:   How many lights should I put on my tree?

A:   This one is a little tough to answer, because it really depends on the size of your tree.  On average, you want about 100 lights per foot.   Use your judgment, because it is not always the same.  For instance, 300 lights on a 3 foot tree would be overkill and 1,000 lights on a 10 foot tree would seem sparse.

Q:   My friend has LED lights but you can barely tell that they are plugged in.  Is that what I can expect from LEDs?

A:   Absolutely not.  As with all products, LED lights have cheap knockoffs.  The LED lights sold on www.allthingschristmasandmore.com are the good kind that give off a beautiful glow when plugged in.

Q:   I want to use my lights outdoors but I don’t want them to get wet and risk shorting the strand.  What should I do?

A:   Many of the LED lights on www.allthingschristmasandmore.com have caps that are welded directly onto the strand, thus making them waterproof.  If you are unsure about a particular item, send an e-mail to [email protected] and someone will get back to you.

Q:   I have heard that LEDs are weatherproof.  Is that true?

A:   No Christmas light is completely weatherproof.  LEDs, however, are much better equipped to deal with harsh weather than other lights.  Just make sure the lights are not dangling too free.  Make sure they are secured, such as with clips, to prevent the wind from knocking them around too much.

Q:   I want to buy commercial grade LEDs but I am a little confused about what power source works with what series of lights.

A:   There are two different commercial grade series available presently, each with its own power source.  Simply pay attention to the item number.  The commercial grade items whose item numbers start with just a “C” require the adaptor, item C-ADAPTR-1G.  The commercial grade items whose item numbers start with a “CN” require the cord, item CN-APCORD-1G.

Q:   Are LED lights dimmable?

A:   You should not use any lights, even LEDs, with dimming add-ons unless the light strand is specifically listed as dimmable.  Using dimming tools with regular lights damaged the strand integrity and also voids the warranty.

Q:   Why are some colors cheaper than others?  Does that mean the light quality is cheaper as well?

A:   The prices of the lights you pay are directly related to the prices they are acquired for.  Manufacturers charge different amounts for different colors based on the work it takes to make the color correct and is not a reflection of the difference in quality of the bulbs at all.  Some colors are simply harder to create than others.

     Again, those were just some of the plethora of questions asked around the holiday season every year.  If you have any questions or concerns that were not addressed, you can always email a lighting expert at [email protected] and someone will get back to you as soon as they can.