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20 Frosty Lights

Set of 20 shaded screw-in Christmas lights by Pifco.

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The set consists of multi-coloured olive-shaped shades about 40mm in length. Shades are formed of thick granulated plastic; they are largely solid with a relatively narrow hollow to contain the light bulb and its holder.

Coloured shades are internally lit by clear bulbs. Six shade colours are present: amber, blue, green, purple, red and yellow.

This version of the set's packaging is clearly designed to be suitable for in-store display; the lid can be folded back to form a display and additional cardboard inserts neatly cover all the wiring.


This set appears to have been introduced in the second half of the 1970s.

By the start of the 1980s a somewhat similar set of Winterlights (1323) appeared in the Pifco range, apparently replacing Frosty Lights.

In 1983, Frosty Lights had reappeared and were being marketed as a 'new' item in the Pifco range. Winterlights disappeared and Frosty Lights remained available until the late 1980s.

Technical details

Details as observed for this set; specifications may have varied over the lifespan of this model.

Similar designs

As referenced above, Pifco's set of 20 Winterlights, catalogue number 1323, has a very similar appearance. These had similarly-shaped shades with a crackled, but not frosted, appearance.

Pifco 1315 Frosty Lights Pifco 1323 Winterlights

Above: 1315 Frosty Lights (left) and 1323 Winterlights (right)

Sets with frosted spheres were also frequently available from Woolworths during the 1980s.


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