“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Christmas lights „
I remember a few years back when LED lights really started taking off and I got a set in John Lewis which cost in excess of £25 they looked far superior to the old fashioned fairy lights I used to have. These lights lasted me about 8 years and this year they started to play up I decided to get a new set and Tesco was my first choice as they have lights on half price until 2nd December. These lights cost me £7.50 for 300 LED's. The main reason I bought these lights was to put them outside. The lights are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. The lights came in a small box and were neatly wrapped up meaning when I opened them I didn't struggle to untangle them. The plug is separate and you need to attach the light cable to the plug. In the wire is also a little box which changes the function of the lights. The plug and the function button need to be kept inside if these lights are to be used outdoors. I am fortunate enough to have a special box in my garden that will house the plug and box for me. I have wrapped these lights around a tree I have planted in my garden. The tree is only small so there were plenty of lights in this set to cover them. I am sure most of us are familiar with LED lights the cable is transparent with these lights and the bulbs are tiny so it without looking closely it's hard to tell what colour the lights are when they are switched off. Once I had positioned my lights I turned them on and had a go of the different sequences, you can set them to be static lights, there is a flashing sequence which can be arranged at various speeds and also a setting where alternate lights come on. The lights themselves are really bright as they are multicoloured you get red, blue, green and orange. My garden is very dark at night and these really light it up. In fact I may just leave them there all year as these lights are not overly festive so I think they would look nice all year around. I would recommend these lights they save energy compared to older style fairy lights, the LED's don't get hot, the lights can be used indoors and outdoors and the bulbs are meant to last for years. Top marks from me.
My husband and I tend to be polar opposites where modern and traditional meet. I prefer everything to stay the same and if I must replace anything, I will often go out of the way to buy one as similar as possible to what we had before. My husband claims that if I had my way, we would be lighting the tree with candles. But my better half, loves everything new and improved, so when the old fairy lights failed to light up last year ( I am still not certain if he sabotaged them) he ran of as quickly as he could to buy a string of these. My first impression was that they looked horrid. I remember proper bulb lights when I was young and though fairy lights were small, but these are just tiny specs. I must admit though, once they were lit up, they are really very nice. The tiny light are so bright they give it the appearance of being larger. They did look completely out of place on our tree with two strings of fairy lights though. It looked rather like wearing a the top part of a very smart suit and tie with Bermuda shorts. My husband of course was delighted to rush back and buy two more sets, which is probably more then we needed and a beautiful led star as well so everything could match. Once everything was in place, even I had to admit it was lovely and a massive improvement over our old fairy lights. The little tiny specs of light bulbs give off such a warm and colourful light, it is really difficult to describe how nice they look. Another plus is that being so small the units themselves and even the dark wire disappear into the tree so it looks as if the tree has been sprinkled with fairy dust rather then having a big string of something draped around it. They do not look anything like the picture above, which I also think looks horrid. Some advantages to these led lights: Use up to 90% less energy. Easy set up as the wires are thicker and do not seem to tangle like our old fairy lights always did. No hunting through the string for burned out bulbs. A child can not remove a bulb and poke anything into the socket, bulbs can not break off. They never get hot. You can set these lights to stay on, or in all sorts of different blinking patterns. Absolutely beautiful. Disadvantages: bulbs can not be replaced Cost: These are currently on sale at £7.50 per set of 100 which is the same as we paid last year. However a set of 300 is only £10 and seems a far better deal, plus less wires to muck about with. Our tree is 6.5' and 300 lights is more then enough to light it up very nicely. This is one purchase the whole family is happy with. My husband wanted them from the first time he saw led lights, I really love them now and my oldest could only say "Ohhhhhhhhh!" when these went up last year. He absolutely loved them. The youngest was only 1 when we made the switch, but he stared for ages as well and looked fascinated.