So we all know the score with Christmas lights. We use them once a year, pack them away in the loft or cupboard-under-the-stairs and then get them out in mid December and they don’t work. We check the fuse and then try to remember if the blue wire goes on the left thing and the brown earth needs to be touching that bit and then try again. We then twiddle all the bulbs like an idiot hoping for them to magically come on. But the bulbs are molded and so that’s not going to work, is it? The spare bulbs you always get with Christmas lights are completely pointless because it’s impossible to work out which bulb is gone and how you would possibly replace them. In short, Christmas lights are designed to be used two weeks per year.
So knowing this we then have to buy some more. But here’s the thing. Our mindset is it doesn’t matter how expensive the lights are they are going to break over the winter anyway so why spend money on ones that perhaps won’t? So off we go to Wilkos and then Poundland. One pound for one Christmas seems reasonable, tight, perhaps an economy lifestyle we have become used to. It’s pretty clear Christmas lights are not built to last and so replaced every year. Caching! In the early 1980s someone finally twigged that we should stop making things to last because people would keep buying yet more stuff over and over again if it collectively didn’t last and we would all get rich. And so they did. Landfill is 100% down to that.
Poundland are offering a decent selection of lights for a quid this year and so I bought some more. My tree is fireproof as it’s the old plastic one out of the same cupboard-under-the-stairs and so not too concerned they will do an Arian and burnout really quickly. As long as the fuse is correct and in place the lights are unlikely to flare anyway. In theory. At least you get a free plug if they break down before the 12th night.
We haven’t got for the trendy ‘Twigmas’ tree this year as we actually want something to attach the lights to. These Scandinavian trees are affectionately known as the ‘Size Zero’ and all the rage over middle class households I am told. They look like something that should be in a Tim Burton movie.
The string of 20 lights is plenty to wrap around decent size tree or ideal to fling up in your inside porch, the clear light shades reasonably bright and transparent. If you are working-class and need to put them up in early November just after firework night I cant guarantee they will still be working in mid December. They are packed fairly well and so don’t look like they would smash in the Poundland warehouse. You can’t use them outside, of course, and you do get those spare bulbs inside.
Product: 20 Clear Christmas Lights
Apart from our main Christmas Tree in the living room we also had a extra Christmas Tree this year for another room in the house. As this wasn't our main feature tree and just an added extra we didn't want to spend too much money on decorating it.
I was walking around my local town one afternoon and decided to pop into Poundland for a browse. Whilst in their I saw a huge variety of Christmas decorations and I admit that I was quite surprised, the decorations which I chose wasn't cheap or tacky looking, infact you wouldn't be able to tell at all that they were from a Poundland store. The ones which I got looked much more expensive than what they really were.
One of the items I picked up were also the 20 Christmas Clear Lights, I decided to buy two boxes of these. There were also coloured lights available but I decided to just stick with the clear lights.
The lights come packaged in a small cardboard box with a picture of the lights on the front, the product description and any other relevant information. The lights look exactly the same as any of your other standard Christmas lights; the bulbs are attached to a green plastic cord with generous spacing between the individual lights with a 3 pin plug attached which is plugged into the mains. They also provide you with a two pack of spare bulbs.
The bulbs were fantastic quality for what i wanted them for, the lights shone bright and clear and i didn't have to replace any of the bulbs at all. These looked fantastic on my medium sized spare Christmas tree.
A fantastic quality product for a superb purse friendly price.
Dooyoo Stars Rating: 5/5
Poundland 20 Clear Christmas Lights - £1 a set
When I first moved in I was given a small Christmas tree as I had just blown my budget buying things for around the home, and my family know how much of a Christmas fan I am... As such I had to figure out how to decorate on a budget...
This is where my favourite shop of all time comes in - Poundland... I popped in to see what I could get there in the way of Tack (I mean glorious classy baubles)... I have to admit I was massively surprised. I managed to pick up all sorts of wonderful decorations, glass baubles, wooden decorations and these wonderful lights.
The lights were available in both clear, and coloured, and I got two sets of each. They are like most other Christmas lights that I have seen on a green plasticised cord, and evenly spaced. The small bulbs are made from really tough glass, and I have never managed to break one (one has blown though)... Each set of bulbs came with two 'spare' bulbs.
My main critique of the product is the cord forms a circle from the plug - which makes them harder to string onto the tree... However I solved this issue by doubling them over, and using both sets of white lights on the tree at once.
Each of the sets of these lights has been replaced by now, I have to admit I have never bothered to replace a bulb in these... Each year I pop into Poundland, and buy another set or two to put around the mirrors in the front room and kitchen... Each of the sets I have used have lasted several years, and although I have longer sets for my Christmas tree now (my tree is considerably bigger now though), these have done well...
They are only good for shorter spans, as they are rather short at only 20 bulbs each. These have never got any hotter than other bulbs I have used, however I am always paranoid and turn lights off if I am not in, or overnight as I feel any lights tied to a plastic tree would be a fire hazard... (Especially old ones)...
Definitely recommended by me, as they are such a bargain....
This Christmas just gone I had a brainwave. The year before I had to rearrange my tree every night after my daughter went to bed as she liked to take the baubles off and play with them, the top half always looked perfect, anything in reaching distant for my daughter, however, didn't. I purchased a small 2ft tree to use in addition to my main tree and named the smaller of the trees my daughters for her to do as she pleased with it, hoping that she would leave 'mine' alone. Of course she needed her own decorations so we went to Poundland for her to pick out her own, I picked up these lights for her.
Of course, being a Poundland product, it only costs £1 and is only available from Poundland stores. I haven't noticed these in store since Christmas so I'm guessing it's classed as a seasonal product and only available to purchase around the festive season.
Inside the cardboard packaging is the string of lights. It looks like any set of lights and doesn't look cheap in any way. It is made from the familiar green plastic cord with twenty lights placed upon it, the cord comes away from the plug in two ways so when out stretched will make a circle shape, or you can twist the cords together to get a more fuller effect with the lights so they don't look as spaced out. When out stretched the lights do have a good amount of space between each one, they aren't spaced out too much so it looks stupid, they've got it just right.
The clear glass casing of each individual light makes them as bright as any other clear lights I have used and they do shine bright. My daughter had these on her tree throughout December and despite the tree being put through its paces the lights remained intact and none of the cases broke. There were a couple of spares included in the box just in case but we haven't needed to use them. As there are only twenty lights they wouldn't be suitable to use on a bigger tree, they were perfect on my daughter 2ft one, but any bigger and you'd need to use a bigger set, or buy another set but that means using another plug!
I'd definitely recommend these twenty lights from Poundland. Although they are cheap, they don't look cheap and the build quality is fantastic. If you are looking for no frills, basic, clear lights but don't need too many, these are definitely for you!
==Poundland 20 Clear Christmas Lights==
I am terrible when I go into Poundland and I always seem to pick everything up that I think is great value for money and end up spending around £30 to £40! I can never quite believe how much I spend in there but of course I do always come away with a ton of stuff and if that is my only extravagance in life then I am not going to be blowing the bank any time soon.
Last Christmas I thought I would try out some of Poundlands Christmas lights and although I wasn't holding out much hope that they would be any good I must say that I was pleasantly surprised at how good they actually were. Considering how much lights generally are when buying them in places such as garden centres and other Christmas type shops £1 for 20 is really a fantastic price.
The lights come in a small cardboard box and this has limited information on the packaging but I did make sure I picked up the clear white lights and didn't come away with multicoloured or anything like that as I am not a big fan of anything other than white clear lights. The box does state that these lights are for indoor use only but that was fine by me as it was exactly what I wanted them for.
I already had lights for the tree but I wanted to drape some across my windowsill to make the window glow up. I had a fairly large front room window and these lights which consist of two rows of white lights on a green plastic binding stretched out to reach all the way across the windowsill with ease although to be fair I did think they might be a little longer than the 1 ½ to 2 meters that they were but seeing how there is only 20 bulbs I guess if the binding was any longer the bulbs would look pretty sparse.
The Christmas lights are mains powered and have a three pin plug on one end of them and although I would not leave them on if I were out of the house I can't see that they are any more cheaply made than my other more expensive sets of lights that I have. They seem to me just as good quality and all bulbs shine out bright and clear and none of the bulbs needed replacing at all over last years festive period and hopefully they will be in tip top condition when I get them out for use this year.
Really I can't find fault with such a cheap yet effective product. The bulbs were exactly what I wanted and looked really good from outside my flat last year that I hope they look as nice in our house this year! I would certainly buy these lights again from Poundland should I need any more this year and for that reason I feel that a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a very high recommendation to everyone is well deserved!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
~ PoundLand 20 Clear Christmas Lights ~
Every Christmas I cannot help but to go a little overboard with my lights! I have lights on my guttering, I have lights in and around my windows, lights dotted around the rooms and of course lights on my Christmas tree.
I like to stick to clear lights rather than coloured as I just think the clear lights make it feel more crisp. I live in a terraced house and in the front I have three windows and my front door, my front door has a large window at the top and two windows set in the PVC of the door, not far from my front door I have a plug socket which is handy when vacuuming the stairs and also handy to plug in my Christmas lights!
I have white twinkly net lights for the actual windows, but around them I place the clear string lights. I buy the larger ones for around my windows as I don't want to have a million plugs plugged in at the same time but for around my front door windows I use four of these Poundland Clear Christmas Lights.
There are 20 lights on the chain, and the wire is green in colour. The lights give off the yellowy type glow and are typical of any other basic Christmas lights.
These lights are your basic cheap Christmas lights, they don't twinkle or play tunes they are just a simple set of lights.
You can use them on a Christmas tree if you so wish to do so, although for a large tree you would need many sets of these lights!
They come with a 2 pack of replaceable bulbs that are changed by simply pulling one out and pushing a new one in.
I find that I need two sets of these lights to go around each window on my door as they are not very widely spaced but they do the job perfectly and make my home look nice and festive.
I also use them under my kitchen cupboards and just stick them to the underneath with sellotape and this adds a bit of cheery festivness to my kitchen.
I have never had any problems with these lights, they are really good for the price.
Thanks for reading :o) x
I bought some of these lights from Poundland for my daughters room in halls when she went to Uni. The room was like a prison cell and needed brightening up. Also I have always put up a small tree in each of the kids bedrooms at Christmas and these are the lights they have on them. I bought the sets for the trees they've got now a good few years ago and they were still working the last time we used them. I don't know what voltage they are but they don't get too hot, if they did I wouldn't feel comfortable having them in the bedrooms.
Not very long, they are ideal for a small 2ft tree, one set covers it well. For a larger tree you'd need a few sets which wouldn't be ideal because of the plug situation. The green wire is a loop with 20 clear glass bulbs and comes with a plug socket, they're not battery powered. Being on a loop it can be a bit tricky to drape them around. The lead isn't very long so my daughter had to use an extension cord to reach the socket as she had them on the wall around her bed.
They are nice and bright and cheered her horrible room up- made it a little bit more bearable. Another use for them is to decorate those stick things you get in a tall vase that stands on the floor, I can't think of a better way to describe them! My sister has done this as she hates how bare her house looks after Christmas, hers are from Poundland too, and if memory serves me right they're at-least three years old. Although not used everyday she does have them on quite abit and they still work.
When I do need to replace them I will get these ones again.
This year having moved out of my family home I was left in a quandry. I had no tree, no lights no nothing Christmassy at all. I needed to start completely from scratch in this department! It was a bit of a daunting task really with me knowing nothing at all about decorating a tree after-all!
The first places I went to was Poundland and Wilkinsons. I'm on a budget considering I have so much to buy but I didn't think for a minute that Poundland would sell Christmas tree lights and in clear which is what I really wanted. I picked up 4 boxes meaning I had 80 lights for a tree that I hadn't yet bought!
The lights came in a black box depicting the lights on the front of it and I was told that they were Poundland 20 clear lights and contact details for Poundland were given. Interestingly enough no length was stated!
What you get is 2 rows of green plastic with 10 lights going down each and then a white plug to the end. Now although I can't say how long for sure the lights are they are reasonably long and the lights are well spaced. Of course you can put the two strips of lights together or pull them apart and arrange them that way on your tree. They don't have to be used on a tree either but they are indoor lights only these ones.
The lights themselves are clear and bright and the bulbs quite large and they don't feel flimsy when your arranging them. Course being glass they will break but a good thing about these is you do get a couple of spare bulbs in the box in case you need them and they simply screw in with ease.
All in all for a really cheap set of lights these are fabulous. If you want plain and simple I advise you get these. I put them on every night and have had no issues with them at all and can't see the point in people paying more unless your insistent on coloured all singing all dancing lights that is lol.
Only available in Poundland.