Life hacks: one should pay attention to this with the Christmas lights

Life hacks
One should pay attention to this with the Christmas lights

Every year, fairy lights and co. Cause annoying cable clutter.

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Beautiful lighting should not be missing at Christmas time. These tips save consumers time and money.

The traditional Christmas tree has existed for several centuries. While in the past it was mainly beeswax candles that made Christmas trees shine, today it is mainly electronic fairy lights. What do consumers have to consider when buying Christmas lights?

The little shopping guide

In addition to the design, functionality, sustainability and safety are top priorities. To ensure that the tree does not go up in flames at Christmas, TÜV Rheinland makes a clear statement to consumers: only buy high-quality branded products with the GS mark. Furthermore, lighting for outside must be labeled "suitable for outside". The symbols IP44 or IP65 must be legible. Incidentally, the triangle with the drop symbol ensures high weather resistance – of course only if the manufacturer's instructions are followed!

The practical cordless Christmas tree candles

If you want to avoid sorting out a tangle of cables, you should use this option: cordless Christmas tree candles that can be positioned in the tree with a holder clip. Each candle is powered by a battery. The advantage: There is no risk of defective cables or electronics triggering a fire. It is important to ensure that such products meet the requirements of the European Radio Directive (RED Directive). It is best to only use rechargeable batteries to protect the environment and your wallet!

The inexpensive LED Christmas lights

Lighting with light emitting diodes (LED) is a good choice for indoor and outdoor areas. With these intelligent electronics, a transformer regulates the voltage from 230 volts to around 12 to 14 volts. Thanks to this innovative technology, the lamps stay cold and electric shocks are excluded. Modern LED technology also uses less electricity.