The 6 best Christmas light projectors of 2021
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Hanging Christmas lights on your home and landscaping can be a holiday tradition, but it also takes a lot of time and energy to do it right. Not to mention how dangerous it can be to access roofs and trees. According to the Consumer Product Safety Division (CPSD), there are about 200 injuries every day during the holiday season, and about half of them are decoration-related falls.
Christmas light spotlights are a practical outdoor Christmas decoration and do a great job of creating the festive atmosphere you want. They work by projecting lasers or colored LEDs through colored lenses and offer a variety of lighting effects and patterns.
What to consider
The most important thing to consider when choosing a projector is what you want to project. If you prefer a more classic lighting scheme that most closely resembles traditional Christmas lights, go for a model that uses lasers to create their lighting effect. Or, if you’re a little more adventurous and want something more fun and festive, consider a projector that can also generate images like Christmas trees and Santa Claus.
Depending on the climate, you should also make sure that your projector will be able to withstand moisture, as well as extreme temperatures. While some models are designed to withstand temperatures as low as 30 degrees below Fahrenheit, others are less rugged, so be sure to check first before buying.
How we selected
I used my own experience with Christmas light spotlights to compile this list, having used them to decorate several homes in upstate New York. The heavy snowfall in this area, combined with the low temperatures, helped me recognize the importance of having options that could withstand their environment. Therefore, I’ve added a good variety of weatherproof options to the list, as well as a few that are less sturdy and might be better suited to warmer climates. I’ve also done my best to include a price range so whatever your budget you should find a projector that’s right for you.
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Best snowflake projector
YMing Snowflake Projector
This projector would be a good choice for anyone looking to create an overall winter wonderland type vibe, and not specifically a Christmas or holiday atmosphere.
Its adjustable neck can rotate 180 degrees and you can use a stake or platform base to set it in place. This model allows you to choose between two models of snowflakes and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
Since it only has one color, it doesn’t have the variety offered by most of the other options on our list, but that simplicity might make it a good choice for someone who just wants a hassle-free option.
Ideal for large homes
With a large coverage area of ââ3,000 to 4,000 square feet, this Ledmall option would be a practical choice for larger homes. It also has eight moving light patterns and, combined with red, blue, and green lasers, should provide a good variety of outdoor light shows.
Its IP67 waterproof rating gives it that extra level of durability, and the 25-foot power cable should allow you to place it efficiently.
This model is a bit more expensive than similar options, but the included security lock should protect your investment from any potential thieves.
- Remote range of 30 to 50 feet
- Large coverage area
- Sustainable housing
Ideal for easy use
Star Shower Motion Laser
The hassle-free operation of this projector makes it a great choice for those who just want a plug-and-play option that doesn’t require a ton of work to set up. Just plug the power cord into your household outlet, stick the spike into the ground, and you’re good to go. Best of all, the built-in sensor automatically turns the device on when the sun goes down and turns off when it rises again.
This projector doesn’t come with a remote control, but with just two settings, and that automatic operation, you probably won’t miss having one.
- Automatic night sensor
- Easy to use
- Only two parameters
Ideal for projecting images
If you are more interested in Christmas pictures and expressions than twinkling lights, you might like this projector. Its powerful LEDs project six different scenes, and they can be programmed to rotate or stand still according to your preference.
Its lack of a remote control might make this projector less convenient than you’d like, although its low price and hassle-free setup might be worth the trade-off. This model also features a festive case – green with a red bow – which allows it to blend in with the rest of your lawn ornaments.
- Decorative body blends with other decorations
- Can be placed indoors or outdoors
Ideal for maximum effect options
Points of light 122
With 15 awesome color combinations and 122 lighting effects, this spotlight would be a great choice for homeowners who want a wide variety of lighting options this holiday season. Its coverage extends up to 50 feet in width, and the spotlight itself is designed to resemble a holiday ornament, which is a nice plus.
The included remote is simple to use, and with just four buttons to choose from, is much easier to navigate than others that may have eight or 10 buttons. The unit can be positioned using the stake function or extended to create a tripod.
- Festive case
- Swivels for easy placement
Best multi-vacation projector
If you want to reuse your projector for several vacations, this Minetom model could be a good choice. Its 16 designs and 26 effects include a variety of holiday images including Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Easter.
Its IP65 rating ensures that it won’t be damaged by rain or snow, and it can still operate in temperatures as low as 31 degrees F below zero. Its remote control is effective up to 26 feet away and allows you to easily set automatic shutdown settings of 2, 4 or 6 hours.
This projector can be installed outdoors with a stake or indoors using the included platform.
- Wide variety of images
- Affordable price
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