How Bright Are Your Festoon Lights & How Long Will They Last?

How bright are festoon lights?

How bright a light bulb depends on the type of bulb, how much electricity they use, and whether or not they’re dimmable.

Light bulbs come in both white and warm white colours. But to know how bright a light bulb is, we need to know that light brightness is measured in lumens and not in watts. 

A light bulb that has 150lms (lumens), means the bulb puts out 150 lumens of light. The higher the number, the brighter the light. So 800 lumens would be pretty bright.

Watts, on the other hand, is the amount of power the light bulb uses. Older versions of light bulbs used to have higher watt numbers like 40 watts or 60 watts. Nowadays, thanks to LED bulbs, the watts are much lower because the bulbs work more efficiently. 

But festoon lighting is similar to mood lighting or also ambient light which should set the atmosphere in your space. 

That’s why our brightest bulb, the S14 is (only) 2 watts, but 150 lumens! This is plenty of light to illuminate both your home and commercial space. Most of our bulbs are also dimmable because we want you to be able to control exactly how much light you get.

  • S14 Bulbs: 150 lumens
  • G45 Bulbs: 100 lumens
  • G40 Bulbs: 50 lumens
  • G40 copper wire bulbs: 30 lumens 

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Can you dim the lights? 

Yes, on all our ranges excluding the classic series. Whether or not a light bulb can be dimmed, will depend on the light bulb itself though. You must purchase a set with dimmable bulbs. These are special bulbs made specifically for the dimmer capability. After making sure that the bulb of your choice is compatible with a dimmer, you can attach the dimmer unit to your festoon cable (like how you connect multiple sets). 

You can purchase the dimmer and the remote control separately or purchase with your festoon lights. Remember you only need one dimmer for up to 10 connected sets. 

If in doubt about the brightness always go with a dimmable option. 10 brightness settings to choose from, there is one for every scene and every mood! 

How long will the bulbs last? 

How long your light bulbs last will depend on whether you use LED or incandescent bulbs.

The best way to approach this decision is to decide how efficient and how often you’re planning on using your string lights. LED bulbs have a low input and a high output rate, which means they’re energy-efficient, don’t need much electricity and produce a brighter light. This makes them perfect to use as outdoor festoon lights. Our LEDs have a lifespan of over 40,000 hours and are therefore highly recommended.

Incandescent light bulbs on the other hand are more for a short term application like an event or a birthday party. These lights will last you for only around 2,000 hours.

Festoon lights

A cost effective solution to enhancing your outdoor space and creating an inviting, warm mood for any event!