Pre-lit garland is a great way to decorate for the holidays because it’s simple, looks good almost anywhere and takes very little time to set up. There are many types of pre-lit garland available to purchase this holiday season; they vary in length, size, amount of lights, and if they are battery or electrically operated. Purchasing pre-lit garland may seem like a tough task, but this guide will help you choose the best pre-lit garland for your own needs.
Pre-lit garland lengths and sizes
Garland should be used to accent various points around the house, both indoors and out, but should not take up the space entirely. Choose garland sizes that you think are appropriate for the setting, but I strong caution against over decorating, as it will look tacky and unprofessional. At my house, we use three-foot sections and ten-foot sections of garland in different areas to give a holiday vibe, but it never overpowers the space that it is decorating.
Difference between battery operated garland and electrical garland
When purchasing pre-lit garland you have two major choices: battery operated garland or electrical garland. Battery operated garland has a big advantage over the electrical garland because it can be placed anywhere without the hassle of wires and cords. Battery operated garland is very popular due to the convenience it poses, and the fact that the batteries typically last a very long time. Most garlands available are battery operated and come with lights already attached.
Amount and color of lights
When choosing a pre-lit garland I tend to choose a clear light set over the multicolored light sets because of a few big advantages. Over-coloring during Christmas looks tacky and cheap, while clear light sets pose a more elegant look than their multicolored counterpart. Choosing the color of the lights is entirely a personal opinion and what you think would look best for your personal area. Multicolored garland does not always look tacky if decorated well. Choosing the amount of lights that are placed on the pre-lit garland is another personal choice that needs personal discretion. Over lighting can look tacky for the inside of the house, but may look great for the outside. Use your own opinion when picking out the density of lights on the garland, but keep in mind that most companies will stick to a dedicated number, leaving you without much choice.
Lengths of pre-lit garland
Pre-lit garland comes in many various lengths ranging from a mere 3′ to over 10′. Measure the areas you wish to hang the décor from; this will save you both time and money when going out to purchase the garland. You cannot cut the pre-lit garland; therefore make sure you get the exact amount necessary before purchasing.