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How Do You Choose the Best Christmas Lights?

Add sparkle to your space with the right set of lights


Are you going for rice lights this year? You can explore different colors and types—just make sure that you're buying from a reputable seller and that you take note of precautionary measures to avoid accidents.

Choose the best lights that will go well with your other ornaments, too! Here are tips to guide you:

Main photos from: 17 Apart and NEDC via Buzzfeed.

Research on the best type of light

Tivoli lights are the most affordable, but make sure that each bulb is secured well and don't forget to test before buying. If you're going for a minimalist touch, rice lights are smaller than Tivoli lights and these never go out of style.

Take note of price points

Tivoli lights cost less than P50 in Divisoria and less than P100 in department stores. For those who live those mini twinkling pieces, rice lights cost around P150-200. Don't forget to visit different stores so you can take note of prices and brands.

Photo from Terrain via Craftionary.

This snippet originally appeared in the December 2004 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now. Log on to for more details.

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