Three steps to choosing the best Christmas lights
Christmas Lighting is one of the best ways to bring a festive atmosphere to your home and create a magical touch. Whether you go all out and light up your home, garden, interiors or keep it simple and decorate the tree only, it’s important to know the best lights to purchase. We have done a little bit of the legwork for you to get you on your way.
Christmas lights safety standards
Christmas lights, together with all electrical equipment, must meet safety standards and are required to have an Australian certificate of approval before they can be sold. Carefully inspect packaging for the presence of an approval number (e.g. Q12345; V12345; NSW12345) or the regulatory compliance mark logo. Both indicate compliance with Australian Standards.
These trade-marks are commonly found on the packaging or on the plastic tag near the plug.
Overseas purchases & second hand festive lights
Do be cautious when purchasing Christmas lights online from overseas. Other countries have different safety standards and these products may be unsafe for use in Australia. Second hand Christmas lights should be checked by a licensed electrician to make sure they are safe to use. Additionally, safety requirements policies change from time to time, and some second hand lights may not meet the latest safety requirements.
Energy saving Christmas lights
Use LED Christmas Lights for all your indoor and outdoor displays. LED lights are long-lasting, weather-resistant, and stay cool. They also use up to 5 times less energy than typical incandescent equivalent and their estimated lifetime is likely to be between 20,000 and 40,000 hours.
LED lights come in a wide variety of types, forms and colours. Use LED strings to decorate your Christmas tree, think of rope lights or garlands to highlight your doorways and windows, get creative!
Always switch off and unplug decorative lights when unattended or when watering a Christmas tree. For families with infants and young children, consider using extra-low-voltage (less than 50 Volts AC) decorative lights supplied from an approved transformer.
We found a terrific blog that brings new life to old globes, turning them into dynamic decorations. So get out the paint, glitter, stickers and let your imagination run free.
Advice provided is indicative only and individual circumstances will affect results. For further information on energy saving tips, please visit the websites listed below.
10 December 2014
Category: Lumo Community