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Basic Styles

Petal Lights

Woolworths Petal Lights box from 1987

Probably the key budget Christmas lighting set in the Woolworths range during the 1980s and 1990s, these sets of 20, 40 or 50 lights featured coloured tulip-style shades with matching 12v 1.1w push-in lamps.

This style of shade was extremely common and identical versions were offered by other brands including Swan, Porth and Premier Decorations as well as in various retailers as an own-brand product.

20 light set variations noted:

YearBrandModel numberPackagingCable typePlug fittedPrice
c. 1980WinfieldJ0100Red boxSingle insulatedNoNot shown
c. 1981WinfieldJ0100White with red cornersSingle insulatedNo£2.49
c. 1982WinfieldJ0100-2White with red cornersSingle insulatedNo£2.29
c. 1983WoolworthJ0100-2White with red cornersSingle insulatedNo£2.29
c. 1984WoolworthJ1951-2White with red cornersSingle insulatedNo£1.99
c. 1985WoolworthJ1951-2White with red cornersSingle insulatedNo£2.99
1986WoolworthJ1951-2Red with green baseSingle insulatedNo£2.99
1987WoolworthsJ1951-2White with red/green borderSingle insulatedNo£3.99
1988WoolworthsJ1951-2White with red/green borderSingle insulatedNo£3.99
1989WoolworthsJ1951-2Red with gold triangle borderSingle insulatedNo£3.99
1990WoolworthsJ1951Red with gold triangle borderSingle insulatedNo£4.99
1991WoolworthsL0011Red with gold triangle borderDouble insulatedNo£4.99
1992WoolworthsL0021Red with gold patterned borderDouble insulatedNo£5.50
1993WoolworthsL6041Red with gold patterned borderDouble insulatedYes£4.99
1994WoolworthsL6041Red with gold patterned borderDouble insulatedYes£4.99
1995WoolworthsL5220Dark green holly patternDouble insulatedYesNot shown
1996WoolworthsL5220Supervalue green holly patternDouble insulatedYesNot shown
1997WoolworthsL7130Supervalue green holly patternDouble insulated loopYesNot shown
1998WoolworthsL8050Supervalue red with gold starsDouble insulated loopYesNot shown

40 light set variations noted:

YearBrandModel numberPackagingCable typePlug fittedPrice
1987WoolworthsJ3751-2White with red/green borderSingle insulatedNo£7.99
1988WoolworthsJ3751-2White with red/green borderSingle insulatedNo£7.99
1989WoolworthsJ3751-2Green with gold triangle borderSingle insulatedNo£7.99
1990WoolworthsJ3751Green with gold triangle borderSingle insulatedNo£8.99
1991WoolworthsL2011Green with gold triangle borderDouble insulatedNo£8.99
1992WoolworthsL2021Green with gold triangle borderDouble insulatedNo£9.99
1994WoolworthsL4521Red with gold patterned borderDouble insulatedNo£8.99

50 light set variations noted:

YearBrandModel numberPackagingCable typePlug fittedPrice
1996WoolworthsL6050Supervalue green holly patternDouble insulatedYesNot shown
1997WoolworthsL7140Supervalue green holly patternDouble insulated loopYesNot shown
1998WoolworthsL8060Supervalue red with gold starsDouble insulated loopYesNot shown

Petal Lights - Later Version

Woolworths Petal Lights from 2000

In 1999, the traditional petal shades were retired and a very different replacement was introduced. Large, pointed shades surrounded long, coloured bulbs to a bespoke design that were not interchangeable with other sets in the range.

Not without its own appeal, this design did appear to have been built down to a price, featuring only four colours of bulb and the less user-friendly option of arranging the lights on a loop of cable instead of in a straight line.

20 light set variations noted:

YearBrandModel numberPackagingCable typePlug fittedPrice
1999WoolworthsL9000Supervalue red with gold starsDouble insulated loopYesNot shown
2000WoolworthsL9000Supervalue red with gold starsDouble insulated loopYesNot shown
2001WoolworthsL9000Supervalue red with gold starsDouble insulated loopYesNot shown

50 light set variations noted:

YearBrandModel numberPackagingCable typePlug fittedPrice
1999WoolworthsL9010Supervalue red with gold starsDouble insulated loopYesNot shown
2000WoolworthsL9010Supervalue red with gold starsDouble insulated loopYesNot shown
2001WoolworthsL9010Supervalue red with gold starsDouble insulated loopYesNot shown

Foil Discs

Woolworths Foil Disc Christmas Lights

Multi-coloured light sets with a central translucent shade and a foil surround. Fitted with coloured push-in lamps.

20 light set variations noted:

YearBrandModel numberPackagingCable typePlug fittedPrice
c. 1982WinfieldJ0850-2Red box with photoSingle insulatedNo?
c. 1984WoolworthJ2851-2Red box with photoSingle insulatedNo£4.99
c. 1985WoolworthJ2851-2Red box with photoSingle insulatedNo£6.99
1986WoolworthJ2851-2Red with green baseSingle insulatedNo£5.99
1987WoolworthsJ2851-2White with red/green borderSingle insulatedNo£6.99
c. 1989WoolworthsJ2851-2Red with gold triangle borderSingle insulatedNo£6.99

40 light set variations noted:

YearBrandModel numberPackagingCable typePlug fittedPrice
c. 1981WinfieldJ1635Green box with photoSingle insulatedNo£6.99
c. 1984WoolworthJ4051-2Green box with photoSingle insulatedNo£7.99
1986WoolworthJ4051-2Red with green baseSingle insulatedNo£8.99
1987WoolworthJ4051-2White with red/green borderSingle insulatedNo£10.95
1988WoolworthJ4051-2White with red/green borderSingle insulatedNo£12.95
1990WoolworthJ4151Green with gold triangle borderSingle insulatedNo£13.99
1991Woolworth?Green with gold triangle borderDouble insulatedNo?
1992WoolworthL2231Green with gold triangle borderDouble insulatedNo£13.99
c. 1993WoolworthL4481Red with gold patterned borderDouble insulatedYes£12.99

Crystal Lights

Later variant of crystal lights

Typically referred to as 'crystals' or 'diamonds', these sets had distinctive spiky shades.

Woolworths dropped this design by the mid 1980s, but similar lights were available from other manufacturers well into the 2000s.

20 light set variations noted:

YearBrandModel numberPackagingCable typePlug fittedPrice
Pre-1982?WinfieldJ0500Red box with photoSingle insulatedNo£3.79
Pre-1982?WinfieldJ0500Red box with photoSingle insulatedNo£4.49
c. 1983WoolworthJ2551-2Red box with photoSingle insulatedNo£4.49
c. 1984WoolworthJ2451-2Red box with photoSingle insulatedNo?

40 light set variations noted:

YearBrandModel numberPackagingCable typePlug fittedPrice
Pre-1982?WinfieldJ1350Green box with photoSingle insulatedNo£4.49
Pre-1982?WinfieldJ1350Green box with photoSingle insulatedNo£5.49
c. 1982WinfieldJ1350-2Green box with photoSingle insulatedNo£5.99
c. 1984Woolworth?Green box with photoSingle insulatedNo£6.49
c. 1985WoolworthJ3751-2Green box with photoSingle insulatedNo£8.99

 

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