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The Expert Guide To Festoon Lighting - Our Best Picks

Mitchell Elworthy June 23, 2023 at 6:21 am

It can be tough to know where to start when looking for festoon lights. Not all lights are created equal, and with so many options available it can be hard to know which ones are right for you. Here’s a guide to help you choose the best festoon lights for your needs:

Table Of Contents:

Best Value For Money

10 or 20m Festoon Light Kit - Standard Globes

The Specs

  • Clear 25w Filament Globes Included
  • Optional choice to upgrade to LED Globes
  • Available in 10 and 20 Metre lengths
  • Waterproof IP44 Rating
  • Perfect for outdoor events
  • 240v
  • 2 Years warranty on cable

Price (RRP): Starting at $79.99*

*Price may have changed at time of reading

This festoon light is our best seller, due down to the great price of under $80.If you are looking to put festoon lighting up for a party or short term then this model is perfect for you.

This model comes with incandescent globes ready to go! These globe give a great warm white around 2200k which is very similar to a candle light.You may also upgrade the globes to the LED Version. These will last much longer and consume far less energy.


Top Seller

LED 10 or 20 Meter Festoon Lighting - LED Globes

The Specs

  • 4w LED energy saving globes included
  • High quality globes (Designed to last 50000hrs)
  • Available in 10 and 20metre lengths
  • Waterproof IP44 Rating
  • Perfect for long term use
  • 240v
  • 2 Years warranty on cable & globes

Price (RRP): Starting from $169.99*

*Price may have changed at time of reading

This model is our most popular LED version. It's ideal for running for long periods since you will save a lot of power and not have to change the globes as frequently. The globe design is ideal for string applications and will improve any application.


Our Favourite

10 or 20m Festoon Light Kit - Carbon Filament

The Specs

  • 25w Carbon Filament Globes Included
  • Premium Carbon Filament G95 Globes
  • Available in 10 and 20metre lengths
  • Waterproof IP44 Rating
  • Perfect for adding mood and atmosphere to outdoor areas
  • 240v
  • 2 years warranty on cable

Price (RRP): Starting from $359.99*

*Price may have changed at time of reading

This 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.

Things to consider before you purchase

IP Rating:

The majority of festoons sold on the market have an IP of 20 or 23, which is fine for a one-time event or indoors.

If you plan to keep your lights for a long period, I recommend purchasing festoons with an IP44 seal at the base of the lamp holder. The seal at the base of the lamp holder is created by tightening up the globe tightly, which creates a seal top that prevents water from entering.


When hanging your festoon lights, make sure the globes face down and not up to avoid water from seeping inside. Check the seal on the base of the lamp holder for any cracks or breaks before installing it. Every socket on a festoon light must include a globe; if one goes bad, leave it in place before replacing it.


If you plan on running your festoons long term I recommend going with a 24v low voltage festoon. This festoon light comes with a driver which brings it down from 240v to 24v so if water was to somehow to get into the light then less risk is involved.

With just 40 watts per 20 meters, this fixture will last 5-10 years and cost you less than $20 in electricity per year, assuming you run it for 20 minutes each day. This is a very inexpensive power bill if you went with an incandescent version; it would consume 500 watts per 20 meters. So if you plan on running all of the time then this is a good option.

LED, Incandescent or Carbon Filament Globes:

Probably the most important decision you must make when it comes to festoon lighting is whether or not to use LEDs. As previously stated, if you choose LEDs, you will only consume 40 watts rather than 500.

If you run frequently, I highly recommend LED globes since they will last 40,000 hours. The incandescent festoon lighting is our most affordable option, which is ideal for a short-term application such as a party or a wedding; nevertheless, these will burn out in about 2000 hours.

Carbon filament bulbs are the most attractive globes when turned on, they provide a warm atmosphere that resembles a candle light, which LEDs still have trouble achieving correctly.

Carbon filaments last approximately 3,000 hours and should last 1-2 years depending on how much you use them. If you want the greatest impact for your festoon lighting, go with carbon filaments; you'll fall in love with them immediately. Our most popular models are the pear form and G95.


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 Lights:

An extra addition you can look out to create even more ambience is the cage batten accessory to put on each lamp holder. 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


Frequently Asked Questions


Are festoon Lights weatherproof?

To know if your festoon lights are weatherproof you will need to ensure they have an IP44 rating or above. All of the festoon lighting kits that we sell are weatherproof and have an IP44 rating or higher.

Do i need an electrician to install festoon lights?

You do not need an electrician to install our festoon lights. All of our festoon lighting comes with a 240v plug that you plug into a regular Australian power point.

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