Anatomy of Christmas Icicle Lights

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Icicle Lights on House

Hanging Icicle Lights on Victorian House

Christmas icicle lights, now a very popular purchase, have been around for less than 20 years. Compare that to minilights, which have been around since the 1800s, and you’ll see that icicle lights, while new, are extremely popular. The first icicle lights were made for a gourmet food shop, but customers soon turned to buying the lights instead of the food.

Icicle lights are also known as hanging Christmas lights and are usually seen on rooflines of homes. They are best secured with icicle light clips which connect to gutters or shingles.

Definitions of Christmas Icicle Lights

Clear Icicle Lights

Clear Icicle Lights

Icicle lights have several portions that make them different from a regular string of Christmas lights.

Common terms used in icicle lights:

  • Drops are the “falling” part of the icicle lights, the hanging strings of lights that branch from the main string.
  • Drop Spacing, not to be confused with bulb spacing, is the space in between the hanging strings of lights.
  • Drop Length is the length of the drops. The length of each individual drop on a string should vary, creating a realistic appearance of icicles.
  • Lead is the measurement of the plug to the first mini light.
  • Tail is the measurement of the last mini light to the end of the string.

Uses of Icicle Lights

Icicle lights are commonly used along rooflines as outdoor Christmas lights. Due to their popularity, however, people have begun using icicle lights in new, creative ways. As wedding lights, clear icicle lights are run under head tables, down aisles, and around cake tables. For daily decorating, many decorators choose to hang icicle lights behind their bed as a headboard or around the ceiling of a room for glowing, ambient lighting.

Wedding Icicle Lights

Wedding Icicle Lights

What are some unique ways you’ve seen icicle lights used?

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