There are certain things in your home that are like good friends: they always cheer you up. This month we feel the love for festive lights
The advent of LED bulbs has meant that fairy lights now come in various permutations, last for ages and are low voltage. Powered by transformers, they can connect up to 1,280 bulbs. Most can twinkle, flash, fade, chase or just be still.
String: a single length of cable, usually clear or green, with a variety of uses, from tree
decoration to trailing along mantelpieces and scattering among trees.
Most are 8m in length with about 80 LEDs. Cost: £19.99.
Icicle: a fringe of different lengths of lights best positioned over windows or from eaves. Most come in 2m lengths but each set is connectable and can be extended to a total length of 20m.
Cost: £17.99 for 2m.
Curtain: a 2m line of vertical strands, each 1m long, that look good hanging from a banister or lining a wall for a full-on twinkly grotto effect. Low voltage, so they don’t get warm and can safely hang alongside fabric. Indoors only. Cost: £27 for 2x1m curtain.
Net: a mesh of fairy lights that can be draped or hung, or used to net furniture or foliage. Cost: £34.99 for a 2x2m net.
All from lights4fun.co.uk
Turn to page 140 of December's The Simple Things for more from The Comfort of Things festive feature.