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Permanent Christmas Lights: Everything you need to know

Picture this: frosty air laced with the scent of cinnamon and pine, the warm glow of holiday decorations illuminating homes and shop windows, and you, hanging on to a ladder for dear life, grappling for dominance over a tangled web of string lights.

If you love participating in holiday festivities but dread the behind-the-scenes work that goes into turning your property into a winter wonderland, this might be the year to invest in permanent Christmas lights. Permanent LED holiday lighting is eco-friendly and customizable, and once it’s installed, you never have to think about it again—beyond choosing the perfect color combinations to accent your unique holiday decor style.

However, we understand that anything with the word “permanent” in it can feel like a big step, so we’ve broken down everything you need to know about permanent Christmas lights below, including different types, installation, customization options, and cost. Let’s get started!

What Types of Permanent Christmas Lights Are Available?

There are many different types of permanent Christmas lights available on the market today, both in terms of style and function. The most popular type of permanent light is the LED light. LED lights last significantly longer and use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, which makes them more environmentally friendly and means you won’t have to replace them as often. Below are some of the most popular types of permanent Christmas lights.

Green and red Christmas lights on a beautiful home at night

Permanent LED Track Lights

Permanent LED track lights are our favorite type of permanent holiday lights. They’re easy to use, they blend in seamlessly with any architecture style—when they’re not on, you won’t even know they’re there!—and they make your home shine with millions of color options and programmable motion animation.

Permanent String Lights

Permanent string lights are often made with water-resistant strands of LED lights. Some are more durable than other string lights, but few are really permanent. They’re an affordable option for holiday lighting and you can install them yourself, but depending on how you secure them, they may not last in inclement weather.

Permanent string lights come in a variety of styles, from mini bulbs to cantina lights to icicle lights, though they won’t blend in with your architecture the way permanent track lights will. One thing to note is that you may come across incandescent string lights that are labeled “permanent.” We don’t recommend these as they’re unlikely to last very long, even in the mildest weather conditions.

LED Strip Lights

LED strip lights are a lower-profile style of permanent holiday lights, but like permanent string lights, there’s a lot of variety when it comes to their durability and how permanent they actually are. Typically, these consist of a long, flexible circuit board, like a tape or ribbon, with LED lights mounted to it.

The strip can be installed along the soffit or fascia of your home, just like permanent track lighting. Unlike permanent track lighting, however, you typically can’t control individual lights on an LED strip. Strip lighting is also less protected from the elements, making it more prone to wear.

Rope Lights

Rope lights consist of a string of LED lights encased in a translucent rubber tube. While the rubber tube helps to protect the lights from the elements, many people find that rope lights aren’t as elegant or classic looking as track lighting or string lights.

Styles can vary from warm white twinkle lights encased within the rope to multi-colored neon-look lights. While you may find some with color-change abilities, you can’t control individual bulbs the way you can with track lights.

Permanent LED Flood Lights

While flood lights aren’t generally the first thing that comes to mind when we think about permanent Christmas lights, we think smart LED flood lights, with their color customization options and app control, make the perfect complement to permanent track lighting when it comes to decorating for the holidays.

Flood lights allow you to illuminate large lawn decorations and add washes of color—like classic green and red—to your facade. If you want to be the best-decorated house on the block, they’re the ultimate way to kick your holiday decor up a notch.

What Are the Benefits of Permanent Christmas Lights?

Permanent Christmas lights are a great way to save time and money during the holiday season. Instead of having to put up and take down your Christmas lights every year, permanent lights can be left up all year round. This means that you won’t have to waste time untangling knots of lights or replacing burnt out bulbs.

Permanent lights also use less energy than traditional Christmas lights, which means you’ll save money on your electricity bill. And after the holiday season is over, you can customize your permanent lights to reflect the current season, celebrate events, or light your home with a warm, inviting glow, enhancing both security and curb appeal.

What Are the Downsides of Permanent Christmas Lights?

Installing permanent Christmas lights will require an upfront investment, but other than that, there are very few cons to them. Gemstone Lights are professionally installed, made with high-quality materials, and come with a five-year warranty, so you can rest assured your investment is worth the cost. Plus, energy-efficient LED lighting can even save you money on your energy bill in the long run.

green landscape lights accenting the driveway

How do I Install Permanent Holiday Lights?

Installing permanent Christmas lights has never been easier—simply schedule a free quote with Gemstone Lights! We welcome you to visit our website and, as instructed on the home page, provide your postal code for a list of all Authorized Dealers who service your area.

Once you’ve selected which dealer you’d like to use, you can fill out the Quote Request form. You can expect to have a member of our Estimation Team out to your home to measure your roofline and provide a quote within 3-4 business days of requesting your quote.

We appreciate that life is busy, especially during the holiday season, so don’t worry about needing to be home to accommodate our quoting process. Our experienced team won’t require anything from you to complete the quote. Once complete, they’ll send a copy of the quote to your email for review.

If you’re happy with the quote and wish to proceed, simply reply back to the email letting us know and we’ll book your installation date!

A back patio lit up with green, red and white Gemstone track lighting

How Long Does the Installation Process Take?

The actual installation process is quick and easy. Our team of professional installers will arrive on the scheduled day and time and have your permanent lights installed in no time. Most residential installations are completed within only one day.

Are Permanent Lights Safe?

Permanent Christmas lights are safe to leave up all year round. They are made with durable materials that can withstand extreme weather conditions, and our energy-efficient LED bulbs don’t run the risk of overheating the way certain incandescent and halogen bulbs do.

Our connections are waterproof, and our team of professional installers will ensure that all wires are tucked away or buried so you won’t run the risk of catching them while maintaining your lawn, landscaping, or other home decor. Gemstone Lights’ permanent Christmas lights are also backed by a five-year warranty, so you can rest assured knowing that your lights are in good hands.

Can permanent Christmas lights be customized?

Whether or not you can customize your lights will depend on the type you choose. If you go with Gemstone Lights’ permanent outdoor Christmas lights, you’ll be able to customize the brightness, color, and motion animation of your lights.

You can control each light individually and save your preferences using our mobile HUB App, so you can easily transition between a few scattered warm white lights, twinkling red and green lights, dreamy washes of custom colors, and more.

After the Holidays: Other Uses for Permanent Christmas Lights

Permanent outdoor holiday lighting doesn’t need to be reserved for Christmas! Once your Gemstone Lights are installed, you can easily customize them via our mobile HUB App or through your Alexa or Google Home smart system. Below are some of our favorite ways to use our lights beyond the holiday season.

  • Cheer on your favorite sports team by lighting up your home in their colors—with over 16 million color options to choose from, it’s easy to find an exact match.
  • Celebrate every holiday (big or small) with its own custom color combination—like red and pink for Valentine’s Day or green for St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Celebrate the changing seasons with sparkly lights in spring, warm sunset colors in the summer, or cozy ambiance in the fall.
  • Create a welcoming glow to extend the usable hours of your outdoor entertaining area.
  • Cheer on a graduate by displaying their school colors.
  • Create a spooky haunted house look for Halloween with eerie lights and our flicker animation.
  • Come home to a cozy house cheerfully lit with glowing, warm white lights each night.

Red, white and green Christmas lights illuminated on a family home at night

How Much do Permanent Christmas Lights Cost?

The cost of permanent Christmas lights will vary depending on where you live, the type of lights you choose, and the size of your home. LED lights are more expensive than traditional incandescent bulbs, but they last longer and use less energy, so they’re a great investment in your home. String lights, strip lights, and rope lights are less expensive than track lights, but they don’t last as long.

The cost of installing Gemstone Lights on your property will depend on your individual needs, the linear footage of your roofline, and the local installation rate. Get in touch with one of our Authorized Dealers for a free quote today!

Now that you know everything there is to know about permanent Christmas lights, what are you waiting for? Get a quote today and start enjoying your festive holiday season!


Question: Are permanent Christmas lights worth it?

Answer: While there is an upfront installation cost associated with permanent outdoor lights, they can save you time and money in the long run. Just think of all the things you’d rather do than balance precariously on a ladder while fighting with tangled string lights! Gemstone Lights’ exterior home lighting is made with energy-efficient LED bulbs, which can save you money on your energy bill over time.

Question: How long do permanent holiday lights last?

Answer: Gemstone Lights’ year-round exterior holiday lights can last decades with regular use and come with a five-year warranty on all parts.

Question: Is it rude to leave Christmas lights on all night?

Answer: There’s no rule against leaving your Christmas lights on all night, but you may want to check your city’s ordinances regarding light pollution and be mindful of any neighbors’ windows that might be affected by your lights. Luckily, Gemstone Lights’ smart LED lights are dimmable and can be controlled by our app—you can even adjust them when you’re away on vacation!


Now that you know everything there is to know about permanent Christmas lights, what are you waiting for? Get a quote today and start enjoying your festive holiday season!

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