What is Festoon Lighting

Horace He

Last Updated: December 26, 2023

What is Festoon Lighting

Festoon lighting, also known as string lights or Edison style string lights, is a type of lighting that utilizes a chain of lighting sockets on a string harness. The term festoon refers to a chain that is hung in a curve as part of a decoration. Festoon lighting differs from fairy lights in that it uses bigger bulbs, often replaceable, which allows for customization and versatility.

One of the key features of festoon lighting is that it can be customized according to the user’s preferences. The creator of each festoon string has the ability to determine the length of the string, the spacing between each lamp holder, and the color of each bulb. This makes festoon lighting a bespoke lighting option that can be tailored to specific needs and design preferences.

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Festoon lighting can be used in a variety of spaces for both decorative and functional purposes. It is commonly used to decorate and illuminate outdoor gardens, as well as large commercial spaces such as food and music festivals or rock concerts. When used commercially, festoon strings often serve as a decorative element, but with the right bulbs, they can also provide the ideal light output for the space. Dimmable bulbs can be used to adjust the level of light output to suit the desired ambiance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Festoon Lights Used For

Festoon lights, also referred to as party lights or string lights, are essentially strings of hanging light bulbs or globes that are suspended between two structures, such as poles, beams, or posts. The term ‘festoon’ originally described garlands and wreaths that were traditionally hung during banquets and celebrations.

What Is the Difference Between String Lights and Festoon Lights

Festoon lights are similar to traditional fairy string lights, but with a slight variation. Instead of having small LED bulbs attached to a string, festoon lights are equipped with small bulb sockets that can accommodate various types of bulbs. This allows for a personalized touch, as you can choose between LED and Edison light bulbs to achieve the desired aesthetic.