You followed the directions that came with your Wintercraft Globe Ice Lantern Kit and now you are the proud owner of a beautiful Globe Ice Lantern . . . Bravo! Now you get to decide how to light it up. But how? Candle or LED lights?
A candle in the Globe Ice Lantern will certainly be ethereal and magical and all it takes is a minute or two to create a chimney. For more information on using candles in Globe Ice Lanterns, go HERE.
But, you would like it to be easier, colorful and/or have the Globe Ice Lantern last as long as possible. If this is true, you most likely will love using LED lights with your Globe Ice Lantern.
There are two main types of LED lights that I use: battery-operated or plug in and there are pros and cons associated with each.
Battery-operated LED Lights
The benefits of using battery-operated LED lights with a Globe Ice Lantern are many:
1. No need to worry about a chimney or airflow, because you plug it in and go.
2. No cords.
3. A plethora of color options!
4. Remote control option available
There is really only one con that I can think of for using battery-operated LED lights with Globe Ice Lanterns and that is the batteries themselves. They have a limited life, so they are not a good option for outdoor or extended use.
Choice #1 - I love the ease and color control of our Rotating Color LED Light. It always gets rave reviews and can be used with other elements to really add some magic. It is about the size of a hockey puck (2.5" diameter and 1.25" tall), has a remote control so it can be put inside a Globe Ice Lantern and then turned off until its time to light it up for the party which really helps with battery life. With the manual control, you have the choice of 6 steady colors (red, green, blue, amber, aqua, purple) or rotating color. With the remote you have 12 steady colors plus 2 rotation speeds. I love this one!
Con: The only con I have with this LED Light is because it is very bright and there are 9 distinct bulbs I often will put something over it to fracture the light - like this.
It also is available in a Bright White version here!
Choice #2 - Crystal Lights on Wire is a new product for us and I am just starting to use it - but I can tell already that its a winner. Because each light is embedded in a multi-faceted acrylic crystal, the light is refracted and thus multiplied. Fantastic! If you take one string of lights and stuff it inside a globe ice lantern the light from the crystal plays around inside the globe in a way that is amazing. Used with a 9-bulb for light intensity and it gets crazy! Currently, we stock this item in cool white, but will most likely be adding color in the future.
Choice #3 - Micro Lights on Wire is also a new product for us and is a sister of the Crystal Lights on Wire. The benefit of this product is its versatility and cost.
Because the lights are tiny (about the size of a grain of rice) they can fit into just about anything. I love wrapping it around fake flowers to light up just the blossom. Very nice! Imagine this little bunch of flowers inside a think Globe Ice Lantern - you have just made a stunning centerpiece that will last for hours!
Plug-in String Lights
When I am installing Globe Ice Lanterns and a candle is not a feasible option or I want the lanterns to be filled with color, I use strings LED lights that plug in to a nearby electrical outlet. As long as the lights are designated of "outdoor use" they should be safe to use with Globe Ice Lanterns.
My latest discovery are LED Projection Spot Lights that come in some great colors. They can be put inside a globe or even beside a globe and they make the light go crazy. I used them last year at a big event at the Flagship REI store in Bloomington, MN. Behind the Globe Ice Lanterns and Ice Glass I installed, the projection lights gave it an ethereal northern lights effect - amazing!
In this final photo, it shows the drama of the Ice Glass all lit up using the Multi-colored LED Projection Spot Light and the Globe Ice Lanterns has a candle inside - the juxtaposition is breathtaking!
Enjoy the Glow!
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