About Christmas Cluster Lights
The tradition of using lights to decorate Christmas trees goes right back to the 18th Century, when it was common in parts of Europe to use candles as a way to light and decorate the trees. At the time, only wealthy home-owners could afford this extravagant use of candles ? which were normally either melted on to the tree, or pinned on to the branches.
By Victorian times, Christmas trees had become extremely popular in the UK. It became common to adorn the trees with small lanterns, again powered by candlelight. In the 1880s, as electric lighting was invented, the very first electric Christmas lights were used. Edward Johnson, vice president of the Edison Electric Light Company, is widely credited as being the father of electric Christmas tree lights, after commissioning the first known example in 1882. He chose a string of 80 red, white and blue incandescent light bulbs, and paved the way for the future of Christmas cluster lights.
Although this type of Christmas light was expensive at first, by the 1930s it had become far more mainstream, and a popular replacement to candles. New Yorkers also began to use the lights outside, to decorate their homes and streets, as well as their Christmas trees. Outdoor Christmas lights are now extremely popular, with many major cities having annual displays of Christmas lights bedecking the streets and shops. The idea of decorating the outside of the home with cluster lights has also spread far beyond the United States, and is now popular around the world.
Modern day lights for the home are available in a host of colours and sizes, and may be mains or battery powered.