Outdoor tree decorations can make a big difference in the appearance of your home. Once primarily used as winter holiday decorations, strings of lights can be used at any season in any location. They come in a variety of sizes and styles, ranging from standard Christmas tree lights and white fairy lights to seasonal ornaments for holidays throughout the year. Add solar power, and some backup batteries and you can have lawn illumination even when there are power outages – and have seasonal ornaments without adding to your electric bill.
Why Lights for Christmas
Long ago, Christians would place a candle in their window to show their faith and to guide others to worship with them. Or perhaps it was an even older custom, such as placing a candle in a window to guide travelers to a safe haven during bitter winter storms. Placing lights on an evergreen tree symbolized that Jesus of Nazareth had brought a light into the world, and the tree showed that it was always green – just like the fir trees. Candles on an evergreen tree were dangerous, however, as the flames could catch the resinous branches on fire. Thomas Edison, that father of the electric light bulb, created the first strings of electric lights – a safer way to light up a tree.
Expanding Use for Ornamental Lights
Light strings are a quick and easy way to make a lawn area more visible, to pick out pathways or to create an ornamental effect. One of the most common is the tiny white fairy lights that can make artwork of deciduous trees that have dropped their leaves. But as electric lights have become less expensive to produce and maintain, seasonal ornament lights such as small pumpkins, hearts, or just about any shape you desire have been created. Take a look here at ten creative ways to use lights.
Tropical Lighted Holographic Rope Light Outdoor Palm Tree Decoration
This palm tree decoration stands fixed on a square metal base with palm brown lights circling up the main pole to the top. The lights follow a narrow path for a skinny palm tree feeling with four large green palm leaves that light up. The tops you can choose to have on or off as they reflect light as well, giving you a tropical feel to your porch.
LED Multi-Function Outdoor Christmas Tree Decoration Lighted Display
The Christmas Tree Decoration is wonderful for lighting up any snowy walkway. The tree topper is a five-point star that follows traditional designs with purple and white lights to guide you in the night snow. Light frame ground stakes are recommended to hold your tree in place while the blue, green, orange and red lights blink.
Deluxe Tropical Lighted Holographic Rope Light Outdoor Palm Tree Decoration
Wrapping around a wide base to narrow top this brings a tropical feeling to any porch at night. Also working well by the pool area, this tree light will brighten up the area at night for the feel of having a tropical swim. The lights spiral out from a wide base to narrow upper area with a palm brown tone color up to its large green palm tree leaves.
Globe Battery Operated String Lights with Timer
These soft white globe lights can light up any tree with a gentle glow. At a distance, they can make a wide-branched tree look as if there are spirit orbs flying around it harmlessly. It’s also great to hang on your patio or outdoor stair rails where the lights bring a feeling of comfort. They run on batteries so you don’t need to worry about extra cords lying around.
Bits and Pieces –Old Man Tree Hugger
Bring your tree to life with this old man face. Set to be able to give a worried look as the tree watches everything going on, this décor will bring attention to your tree. The wooden brown finish works best with light bark trees but can stand out highly pronounced with a dark wood. With multiple pieces, you can make it unique to your tastes.
Meteor Shower Rain Lights
These hanging lights really bring out an artistic feel to a slanted growth tree, reaching around lighting the area nicely. The warm white light brings out the colors of your garden below to those far away in the night. Also able to be hung on fences, this piece can bring a surrounding light to your late outdoor parties.
Garden Gnome Home Door in a Tree
This is perfect against a tree in your gnome themed garden. The piece brings some red to the mossy ground working with your gnomes and trees. The door and window are able to be set where you wish against the tree itself blending seamlessly with any tree truck that’s around 8 inches wide. The sign on the door brings a “welcome gnome” feeling to the area.
LED Outdoor Lights 8 Tube Meteor Shower Rain Lights
Bring a space blue color to your yard with these hanging Vmanoo lights. Perfect for icicle or a raindrop effect, as well as a space effect with small suspended meteors that appear to be falling to the ground. These lights can hang from almost any landscape to bring safety and light from the trees or lighting between plants on the ground.
Solar Powered String Lights
Able to be strung up where you need it, the solar powered string lights can add sparkle to any tree in your yard. The accompanying solar panel helps keep these lights going strong even when the power is out. While easy to place in any shape, the Powered String Lights can bring a romantic atmosphere or light up your party in your yard.
White Maple Tree with 264 LED Lights
These are perfect to stand out along your stone walkway or in your low-level shrub plants while offering lighting. The White Maple Tree with 264 LED lights brings life and color to your surroundings all year long. With 3 lighting color choices, you can use this décor to set the mood or the feeling of your yard.