Christmas Lights Archive

Woolworths Lights:
Basic Styles | Decorative Designs | Unshaded | Rarities | Packaging

Unshaded Lights

Early Unshaded Lights

Woolworths Red Unshaded Christmas Lights Woolworths Unshaded Christmas Lights Box

Modern-style unshaded Christmas light sets using miniature bulbs seem to have appeared in Woolworths around the mid-1980s. The lampholders on these early sets still had lugs for attaching shades present, suggesting they were a quick addition to the range made on the same production line as shaded sets.

Multi-coloured, single-colour and clear sets were available at different times. Most common in sets of 20, but some sets of 40 existed too. All used push-in bulbs.

20 light set variations noted:

YearBulbsBrandModel numberPackagingCable typePlug fittedPrice
1986ClearWoolworthJ1991-2Red with green baseSingle insulatedNo£3.49
1986RedWoolworthJ2001-2Red with green baseSingle insulatedNo£3.49
1987ClearWoolworthsJ1991-2White with red/green borderSingle insulatedNo£3.99
1987YellowWoolworthsJ2011-2White with red/green borderSingle insulatedNo£3.99
1987MulticolourWoolworthsJ2041-2White with red/green borderSingle insulatedNo£3.99
1988RedWoolworthsJ2001-2White with red/green borderSingle insulatedNo£3.99
1989ClearWoolworthsJ1991-2Red with gold triangle borderSingle insulatedNo£3.99
1989RedWoolworthsJ2001-2Red with gold triangle borderSingle insulatedNo£3.99
1989YellowWoolworthsJ2011-2Red with gold triangle borderSingle insulatedNo£3.99
1990ClearWoolworthsJ1991Red with gold triangle borderSingle insulatedNo£4.99
1990RedWoolworthsJ2001Red with gold triangle borderSingle insulatedNo£4.99
1990YellowWoolworthsJ2011Red with gold triangle borderSingle insulatedNo£4.99

40 light set variations noted:

YearBulbsBrandModel numberPackagingCable typePlug fittedPrice
1986MulticolourWoolworthJ2141-2Red with green baseSingle insulatedNo£5.99
1987MulticolourWoolworthJ2141-2White with red/green borderSingle insulatedNo£7.99
1989MulticolourWoolworthsJ2141-2Green with gold triangle borderSingle insulatedNo£7.99

Later Unshaded Lights

 

After 1990, more refined shadeless sets were produced featuring purpose-designed lampholders.

Multi-coloured, single-colour and clear sets were available at different times. Most common in sets of 20, but some sets of 40 or 50 existed too. All used push-in bulbs.

20 light set variations noted:

YearBulbsBrandModel numberPackagingCable typePlug fittedPrice
1992ClearWoolworthsL0041Red with gold triangle borderDouble insulatedNo£4.99
1992MulticolourWoolworthsL0141Red with gold triangle borderDouble insulatedNo£4.99
1993ClearWoolworthsL6031Red with gold patterned borderDouble insulatedYes£3.99
1996MulticolourWoolworthsL5170Supervalue green holly printDouble insulated loopYesNot shown
1997ClearWoolworthsL7090Supervalue green holly printDouble insulated loopYesNot shown
1999ClearWoolworthsL8000Supervalue red with gold starsDouble insulated loopYesNot shown

40 light set variations noted:

YearBulbsBrandModel numberPackagingCable typePlug fittedPrice
1991MulticolourWoolworthsL2131Green with gold triangle borderDouble insulatedNoNot shown
1992MulticolourWoolworthsL2141Green with gold triangle borderDouble insulatedNo£9.99
1996ClearWoolworthsL6060Supervalue green holly printDouble insulated loopYesNot shown
1998ClearWoolworthsL8020Supervalue red with gold starsDouble insulated loopYesNot shown
1999ClearWoolworthsL8020Supervalue red with gold starsDouble insulated loopYesNot shown

50 light set variations noted:

YearBulbsBrandModel numberPackagingCable typePlug fittedPrice
c. 1993MulticolouredWoolworthsL4451Red with gold patterned borderDouble insulated loopYes£7.99
1995ClearWoolworthsL5180Supervalue green holly printDouble insulated loopYesNot shown

Twinkling Lights

 

A set of 40 miniature lights powered by a low-voltage transformer. Wired as four groups of ten bulbs, with each group randomly flashing.

Variations noted:

YearBulbsBrandModel numberPackagingCable typePlug fittedPrice
1995MulticolourWoolworthsL5270Dark green holly patternLow voltageYes?
1996MulticolourWoolworthsL5270Supervalue green holly patternLow voltageYes?
1997MulticolourWoolworthsL5270Dark green holly patternLow voltageYes?
1997ClearWoolworthsL7000Dark green holly patternLow voltageYes?
1998MulticolourWoolworthsL8110Golden box with star patternLow voltageYes?
1998ClearWoolworths?Golden box with star patternLow voltageYes?

Outdoor Lights

Woolworths Outdoor Christmas Lights

A set of 20 large-bulbed coloured lights for use outdoors. Originally using large cone-shaped lamps, with later versions using a slightly smaller, olive-shaped lamp.

Outdoor Christmas lights for home use were relatively uncommon until the 1980s, with most outdoor lighting displays arranged by local councils, shopping centres, pubs and leisure venues. Woolworths, Pifco and Noma helped start a new trend of outdoor lights at home by introducing similar sets of Christmas lights in the first half of the 1980s.

Variations noted:

YearBrandModel numberPackagingCable typePlug fittedPrice
c. 1985WoolworthJ5451-2Red box with photoHeavy dutyNo?
1986WoolworthJ5451-2Red with green baseHeavy dutyNo£14.95
1987WoolworthsJ5451-2White with red/green borderHeavy dutyNo£16.95
1988WoolworthsJ5451-2White with red/green borderHeavy dutyNo£19.95
1990WoolworthsJ5451Red with gold triangle borderHeavy dutyNo£24.99
c. 1992WoolworthsL0311Red with gold triangle borderHeavy duty?£20.99
1994WoolworthsL6001Red with gold patterned borderHeavy duty??

 

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