What is a festoon?

Festoon lights (also known as café lights or party lights) are those traditional, big bulb garland lights you see hanging at fairgrounds in American movies from the 1950s. They’re the oversized glass globes, usually in warm whites or multi coloured, and they’re so very in right now. Previously only widely available in the States, outdoor festoon lighting has absolutely taken off in New Zealand in recent years so if you haven’t got involved yet, now’s the time.

Originally used to describe wreaths and garlands hung at celebrations and banquets, the word “festoon” (from the Latin festum, meaning “feast”) actually refers to the shape the lights make when hung loosely in a “swag”. We have three types of bulbs to choose from and various lengths and styles. Then you have the option of mains powered or solar so whatever your set up, everyone can access these amazing lights!

At Love Your Lights this is the S14 range of festoon lights, available solar and mains powered and all the bulbs have a warm white glow. 

The bulb measures 45*84mm

festoon light

At Love Your Lights this is the G45 range of festoon lights are available in transparent, milky and multi coloured bulbs. All are mains powered and have a warm white glow. 

The bulb measures 45*75mm

Tranparent Bulb Festoon Lights

Festoon light

Milky Bulb Festoon Lights 

milky festoon bulbs

Multi Colour festoon lights - Red, Blue, Green and Yellow

multi colour bulbs

At Love Your Lights this is the G40 festoon light range is available as solar or mains powered and both have a warm white glow.

The bulb measures 30*40mm

Mains Powered G40 bulb 

festoon light

Or go solar with the G40 festoon light range available as 5.5m 10 bulbs or 7.6m 25 bulbs

solar festoons 

Or the Solar S14 Festoon range available as 8.2m 12 bulbs or 14.6m 15 bulbs

solar festoon light


 A lot of the choice comes down to both personal preference but also the space you are trying to light up. Some festoon lights come with a drop hang bulb and others have the festoon bulb flush against the cable. Certain styles will suit certain areas better. Still unsure? Call Louise (021 247 4026) to have a chat. Once she knows and understands your space better she can advise which festoon will be best suited.