View Poll Results: Do You Like Blinking or Non-Blinking Lights On Christmas Trees
I Like Blinking Lights On A Christmas Tree 20 19.80%
I Like Non-Blinking Lights On A Christmas Tree 70 69.31%
No preference 11 10.89%
I like NO lights on a Christmas Tree 0 0%
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:01 PM
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Blinking Lights Or Non-Blinking Lights On Christmas Trees

This is the annual

Do you like blinking lights on Christmas trees or non-blinking lights on Christmas trees

Now I like blinking lights

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Old 12-02-2009, 01:04 PM
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Blinking lights look broken. But I hate them much more on houses than trees.
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:21 PM
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If you have a Christmas tree in your living room, can you seriously sit there and watch those blinking lights all night, every night?! I think it would drive me insane after about 1 minute.
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:26 PM
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Blinking = distraction = not nice to look at
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:38 PM
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I seem to recall seeing some twinkling lights recently where a few bulbs on the strand would blink at random, but whole strands blinking on and off is too much for me.
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:47 PM
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If you have a Christmas tree in your living room, can you seriously sit there and watch those blinking lights all night, every night?! I think it would drive me insane after about 1 minute.
I actually can.
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:53 PM
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So far as traditional lights go, it's definitely non-blinking. The new, fancy lights that can do various sorts of fade-in/fade-out "twinkling," though--those are very cool.
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:57 PM
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I like a few, maybe four or five on the tree to give it some flair.
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:05 PM
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We have both on ours. Blinking lights make it interesting, but if they all blinked it would be too much.
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:55 PM
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Stab the blinky!

Blinking lights are totally awesome when they animate an outdoor decoration though like leaping reindeer or my neighbor's Christmas dragon.
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:58 PM
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Last year I bought a really nice 7-foot artificial tree with hundreds of non-blinking white lights. Then I added several strings of randomly-blinking white lights. The combination is awesome.
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:59 PM
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non-blinking lights all the way.
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:00 PM
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Man I would have never guessed so many folks didn't like blinking lights on christlas trees!
It's probably the only part of christmas I like!
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:13 PM
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I like them in moderation. You need to have lights on all over the tree at all times and not a big unlit section. My favorite blinking is when individual bulbs blink on and off like there was in the c7's.

Failures from the the past I absolutely hate:
1. A device between the outlet and the tree that blinked the whole tree on and off.
2. Musical light sets that played crappy music and sequenced the lights off
3. Miniature lights on a roof line that sequence like landing lights for a fighter launch bay on a space ship in a movie.

This year we have miniature lights always on, and I got to put up my full sized bubble lights from storage. I love bubble lights.
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:14 PM
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Non-blinking lights for the tree, blinking for outside.

Oh, also: I love real trees, but I am happy with fake ones (they're just easier, and since I like to put my tree up the day after Thanksgiving, I don't have to worry about a dead tree by Christmas Eve).

Green trees only, BTW-- white trees are a communist plot, and rotating trees are a sign from Satan.

And, multi-colored lights all the way, they make me feel like a little kid (you can use white lights outside if you want, just remember not to mix them!).
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:56 PM
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Love the blinking lights! I prefer all white but the rest of the family out-voted me so we have a tree ridiculously heavy with blinking lights.

One day I want an aluminum tree with one of those color disks like we had when I was a kid.
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:03 PM
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Flashing lights give me a headache. Especially strobe lights. How can anyone stand that? Gah.
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:20 AM
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On indoor trees, blinking lights are evil. However, one of my favorite outdoor decorations I've seen this year has cascading blinking lights. By daylight, it's just a crappy plastic white tree...when lit, it alternates between all white lights and multicolor. It's surprisingly pretty at night.
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:31 AM
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I said no preference, but the truth is that for most of my life we've hooked the lights up to a dimmer that slowly dims then brightens the lights. It's better than blinking or steady lights.
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Old 12-03-2009, 04:56 AM
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My answer isn't available in the poll: BOTH
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:24 AM
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Blinking lights are an abomination.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:36 AM
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Non blinking on a tree, since I have to look at it all the time, and the blinking ones drive me nuts.

Blinking is fine on outdoor displays, though, I just don't like being stuck in the same room with it.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:55 AM
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Twinkling lights, where a few bulbs on the string randomly blink at different intervals, are nice. Regular blinking lights are awful.

I can't stand when you see a house that used blinking and non-blinking lights to, say, trim the roofline. Half the roofline blinks and the other stays solid.
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Old 12-03-2009, 01:02 PM
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Solid ON/OFF/ON/OFF blinking seems jarring to me but I find some variation in the brightness looks pretty.

I had some lights that I used at my store that had a few different settings. My two favorite options were "slow fade" and "twinkling". If I could find those again I'd like them on my tree, but I'm a cheapskate and as long as there's nothing wrong with the lights I already own I won't be shopping for new ones.
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Old 12-03-2009, 01:56 PM
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Another person for both. A set of blinking lights to be turned on just occasionally, and non-blinking for the rest of the time.
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Old 12-03-2009, 01:59 PM
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So far as traditional lights go, it's definitely non-blinking. The new, fancy lights that can do various sorts of fade-in/fade-out "twinkling," though--those are very cool.
Bingo -- I string our tree with solid lights, and add one or two strings of slow-fade lights as well. They compliment each other nicely, and the effect doesn't have the harshness of blinking lights.
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:35 PM
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I like a mix. But I really, REALLY hate the lights that blink in sync or in patterns. I much prefer individually blinking lights. They're hard to find, though, so I usually go with non-blinking.
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