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Decorative Lights for the Holidays

See the different kinds of lights people use to make their homes a Christmas wonderland.

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eight function multi sets used indoors or out

Eight-function multi-sets can be used indoors or outdoors. There is a combination of sequences to push, and whatever sequence that is set will remain that way until you change it again. Tell the difference between indoor or outdoor lights by checking the box; the information should be clearly marked.

Chasing lights can be used indoors or outdoors. They also have different functions and colors.

Musical bells are for indoor use. They have different functions in addition to the option of turning the music off, and the volume of the music is adjustable. These are great for decoration.

Consider a wreath for indoor or outdoor use; it has red chasing lights that can be controlled.

There are lights that slide over other lights in order to give them a different look. They hold securely in place and come in a variety of designs.

Winter Lights are balls that can be used inside or outside; each features a drain hole in the bottom so that moisture can escape when they are used outdoors. There is a hook inside the cover itself to which the light is attached, securing it from the wind. The covers protect the lights and give an added appearance of larger lights.

The wire-frame silhouettes are made of steel; they have been bent, welded and then treated and painted to keep them weatherproof. Most are hand-bent, although some machinery is used for features such as kinks. Purchase them with or without lights (some people prefer to do their own lighting).

To attach lights, use regular standard Christmas lights -- miniature, C7, or C9. Lay them down with the frame and wrap them with strapping tape -- this technique gives a much neater appearance. Space the lights as needed. The tape should last a good four to five seasons. Once the tape starts to yellow, it will still hold; just add another piece of tape around it.

To connect the end to a power source, snip it and twist it together with a snap-on plug (or use a regular extension cord and snip off the female end of it); put a wire nut on the end.

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