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Ugly Christmas Lights

Posted December 4, 2007

Here at Capitol Broadcasting, we like to light tall things for Christmas -- the 300-foot WRAL tower in Raleigh and the iconic American Tobacco water tower in downtown Durham being the prime examples.

I think they're nice, but there are plenty of Christmas displays that exhibit -- uh -- questionable design values.  This Web site is trying to pick the worst.

So, the big question for you: White lights or multi-colored?


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  • Killian Dec 5, 2007

    I can't say much, as I have 2 24-foot sets of multicolored tube lights on the ski rack of my minivan. (I do this every year!) I get some of my friends who say I'm nuts, but I get a lot of smiles, waves, thumbs-up, etc, on the highway and in parking lots. If it makes people smile to see a lit-up car cruising down I-40, why not? :-)

    (They are joined at one end, wrapped around the racks, and then plugged into an outdoor-capable extension cord, which is duct taped in one spot just in the track of the sliding door. This plugs into an inverter, which stays under the seat of my car, and plugs into the cigarette lighter.)

  • ajstarrrn Dec 5, 2007

    I like the white lights, but my kids enjoy the colored lights. So.....we have colored lights!! Our yard is pretty tacky looking at Christmas time, but the kids love it and want the lights, the inflatable globe thing, the snow man etc. etc. plugged in as soon as it gets dark. They love it and I guess that's what's important.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Dec 5, 2007

    I like either if they're done well, but I agree about overdoing it and yard art. There are 3 small houses in my neighborhood, with small yards, that looks like a scene from that Chevy Chase Christmas movie - WAY too many lights and yard "art" (to use the term loosely) crammed into a very small space. It's pretty funny in its tackiness.

    I liked those icicle lights when they first came out until people went overboard and put thousands on them on their houses. It's icicles, not an entire avalanche!

  • Amused Dec 4, 2007

    Colored lights with taste. Not bunch of mish-mash either. White Lights became very boring after awhile. Perhaps because too many people followed the same pattern. Feels more like Christmas with color!

  • djofraleigh Dec 4, 2007

    One white light candle in every winter and a reef on the door mean the people inside don't play with their toys if they might get dirty and make whoopie about once a month, as planned -- a total lacking of passion.

    An outline of the house in colored lights, a plastic sheet snow man on the front day, and a coiled light tree means the daddy inside the house at 9pm is sitting in an easy chair with only his underwear on -- a house of people who love to eat out at all you can eat buffets.

    If you can't figure out the pattern of the copious hodge podge strings of flashing lights outside a house, that stay on all night and many days, then the people inside are sitting there torn between watching the Simpsons or Jerry Springer -- a house with spirit, spirits, and confusion.

  • 1Rx4FN Dec 4, 2007

    I live in Cary so I don't think colored lights are allowed unless beige-colored ones can be bought at the store. :)

    I like both but I am not a fan of the fast moving colored lights (Vegas look). I have the white icicle lights around the gutters of the house that make it look sharp.

    I do agree with other posters in regards to the inflatable
    Christmas yard art - I could live without it. It is amazing how the displays have grown from inflatable santas to now moving ferris wheels and merry-go-rounds. I guess these are taking the place of the old plastic Christmas yard art of the 80s.

  • SOCLOSE Dec 4, 2007

    I think having all white lights looks more clean. Colored lights are okay...if you've set some type of theme. Please don't put multilights in one corner, then blue lights in the middle, red lights in the other corner, white lights for the trees and bushes, red lights for the see where I'm going with this?

  • thecatsmeow67 Dec 4, 2007

    Do It all :)

  • UNC81 Dec 4, 2007

    I think both can look great if done right. The issue comes in with the people who get a huge blow up snow globe with Santa on a jet ski or something along those lines. Talk about trashy looking!

  • hearmeout Dec 4, 2007

    Personally, I like the clean (antiseptic) look. However, lights of any color that are displayed with some degree of taste make the holidays much more festive. The yard art - I can do totally without!!





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