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The Expert Guide To Festoon Lighting

MItchell Elworthy

Festoon lights are a big hit at the moment as they create unbelievable ambience for a very cheap price. All of The Lighting Outlets festoons are also DIY plug and play, so no electrician required. Whenever I see festoon lighting I Instantly feel the warm ambience it gives. Festoon lighting can suit almost any application, and the effect it can do to enhance your mood is priceless. This is why most weddings use festoon lighting to create that perfect, romantic atmosphere, and yet festoon lighting can be used in your front or backyard and achieve the exact same outcome. Commercial spaces now are also turning to festoon lighting for indoors and outdoors.  We sell many different models, so it can become a little confusing to know which one will best suit your application.

In this blog we will run through the most common options to help you decide which model to purchase. 

  • IP Rating - Most festoons sold on the market have a low IP of 20 or 23, which is ok for a one off event or for indoors. If you are looking to install long term I recommend purchasing festoons with an IP44. IP44 fittings have a seal at the base of the lampholder and when the globe is done up tight then this creates the seal top avoid water getting in. When installing make sure you point the globes facing down and not up, this will avoid water seeping it's way in. Check the seal on the base off the lampholder to ensure there is not breaks or cracks. Every socket on the festoon lights must have a globe installed, if one dies just leave the globe installed before you replace.

  • Voltage - If you plan on running your festoon long term I recommend going with a 24v low voltage festoon system like this one highlighted in blue. This festoon light comes with a driver which brings it down from 240v to 24v so if water was somehow to get into the light then less risk is involved. Also with this festoon light it will last 5 - 10 years in lifespan with only 40 watts per 20 meter run, this is very cheap for your power bill, if you were to go with a incandescent version it would use 500 watts per 20 meters, this is extremely high on your power bill. So if you plan on running all of the time then this is a good option.

  • LED, Incandescent or Carbon Filament Globes - This is the biggest choice you have to make for your festoon lighting. As discussed in the last point, if you run LED you will only use 40 watts as opposed to 500. So if you are running consistently then i strongly recommend LED globes as the will have a lifespan of 40,000 hours. Our cheapest model is the incandescent festoon lighting which is fine for a short term application like a party or a wedding, these however will only last for around 2000 hours, you could look to replace the globes later on with a higher grade or just buy some spare 25w incandescent globes . Carbon filament bulbs are most definitely the best looking globes when on as they have the perfect ambience which represents very similar to a candle light colour which LED's still struggle with to get right. Carbon filaments will last around 3,000 hours which isn't to bad and should be 1 - 2 years depending on how much you use them. If you want maximum mood for your festoon lighting then go with a carbon filaments, you are guaranteed to fall in love with them. The pear shape and G95 are our best sellers. 

  • Hanging Your Festoon Lights - All of our festoon lighting comes with 3 loops for you to attach to a fixture. We recommend not suspending more than 6 meters per each drop. Cable ties are a great option to use to do this.

  • Accessories For Festoon - An extra addition you can look out to create even more ambience is the cage  batten accessory to put on each lampholder. Putting the cage battens on the festoon lights gives a much more industrial, traditional feel. 

  • Standard Festoon Lighting or Hanging Festoon Lighting - We mostly sell these 2 models and really just comes down to personal preference but with the hanging model, they will create even more mood style to the application.

  • Festoon Lights

Below are our favourite festoons and why.

The model below is our hanging G95 carbon filament model. This festoon we have set up out the front of our lighting shop in Matraville and our customers just love it. The globes give off a beautiful ambiance and the size of the globes a perfect match with the string itself.

Hanging Black 10 or 20 Meter Festoon Lighting 25w G95 Carbon Filament

This festoon light below is our best seller, due down to the great price of around $100. If you are looking to put festoon lighting up for a party or short term then this model is perfect for you. The incandescent globe gives a great warm white around 2200k which is very similar to a candle light. 

10 or 20 Meter Festoon Lighting Filament

The below model is our best selling LED version which is a A60 2w E27, this model is great if you want to run for long term as you will save loads of power and avoid having to replace the globes often. The globe shape suit the string very well and will improve any application. 


Black 10 or 20 Meter Festoon Lighting 2w A60 LED

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