Lighting plays an integral part in any decor set-up and can help set the mood for an entire space. String lights are a great way to create a warm, welcoming ambiance. However, many people may feel overwhelmed by the endless options of string lights available. Generally, two of the most popular choices include standard string lights and commercial string lights. Below, we take a look at what commercial string lights can offer over regular string lights, which will help you choose the style of lights that are right for you.
Commercial Grade or Standard Grade?
Most people are familiar with standard grade string lights. These are the ones that wrap around our Christmas trees, for example. They are easily accessible, affordable, and very popular for both indoor and outdoor use.
As the name implies, commercial light strings are designed specifically for businesses such as restaurants, bistros, or other places that need permanent outdoor lighting in both indoor and outdoor areas.
Whether you are looking to buy some string lights for your home or business, standard string lights will often do. However, if you are looking for more durable, longer-lasting lights you may want to consider investing in commercial string lights instead. Initially, these will cost more, but they will also last longer and you won’t have to replace them as often as the standard ones. Commercial string lights have the following features:
- They have weather-proof sockets and a heavy-duty cord that can be hard-wired, making them ideal for permanent outdoor installations
- They are designed with high standards of safety, durability, and longevity
- The lights themselves are also weather-proof, which means they won’t get damaged in bad weather conditions
- Commercial lights are often encased with PVC which ensures that they will be resistant to the sun’s UV rays and won’t get damaged during the summer months
What Type of Commercial String Lights Are Best?
There are many options available to ensure the best fit for your individual or business projects. The first thing to consider is the length you will need. Many string lights come in “ready-to-plug-in” lengths, which are standard lengths ranging from 25 to 100 feet. In some cases, custom lengths are available from manufacturers upon request.
Another aspect to consider is the size of the socket. There are two base sizes of commercial grade string lights offered in ready-to-plug-in lengths: Commercial C9 and Commercial Medium. Both sizes are popular options for permanent outdoor lighting. Generally, the commercial medium base is more popular for larger jobs with multiple lengths, while Commercial C9 is more popular for smaller spaces as it is lighter in weight and has smaller sized bulbs.
So there you go, a few reasons why commercial string lights may be a better option for your home or your business. Whatever you decide, it’s a good idea to do as much research as possible and chat with your suppliers. The experts will be able to help you decide and guide you towards the best possible solution.