Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 70 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.4
  • Total Downloads:
    975,975
  • Date Added:
    November 13, 2003
  • File Size:
    1MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    75
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Editors' Review

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Except for minor stability issues, this is the standard against which all holiday screensavers should be measured. Holiday Lights lets you string bulbs all around your screen, even on top of the program windows if you'd like. You can customize madly--bulbs for holidays year-round, MIDI songs, blinking patterns--and save your settings as a desktop theme. The screensaver options offer just as much choice. To change the sequence of bulbs, you just drag and drop from a list into border boxes. Clicking on the system-tray icon lets you close, uninstall, or open the preferences window. The quality of the MIDI music is even cheesier than the candy-colored spinning dreidel bulbs, and we noticed the bulbs occasionally disappearing from our screen. The animation also freezes for a second when a new song starts. Considering that Holiday Lights provides genuinely festive and extensively customizable fun throughout the year, it earns its keep.
 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.2

    out of 70 votes

    • 5 star 49
    • 4 star 7
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 11
  • All Versions

    4.2

    out of 70 votes

    • 5 star 49
    • 4 star 7
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 11
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1 stars

"***CAUTION-MALWARE ALERT****"

December 23, 2013  |  By ladysniper

 |  Version: Holiday Lights 5.4

Pros

I used this years ago with no problems and loved it. DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT!! I should have read the reviews first.

Cons

These horrible people are targeting old customers. Malware called PassShow downloaded with this program. Pass by this one. Oh and it doesn't work with Win7 anyways.

Summary

DO NOT DOWNLOAD. Cnet should REMOVE THIS IMMEDIATELY!!!

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1 stars

"CONTAINS MALWARE THAT IS HARD TO REMOVE!!!!!"

December 19, 2013  |  By mzmariehll

 |  Version: Holiday Lights 5.4

Pros

ABSOLUTELY NONE!!

Cons

Program didn't load correctly. Offered other apps that I declined that were STILL put on my computer. CHANGES YOUR SETTINGS MAKING THEIR SETTINGS DEFAULT!!! EVEN AFTER USING AN UNINSTALLER, THERE ARE STILL COMPONENTS OF THE PROGRAM ON MY COMPUTER.

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1 stars

"Proceed with caution! Filled my computer with malware!"

December 02, 2013  |  By mmontycor

 |  Version: Holiday Lights 5.4

Pros

I love this program and use it every year.

Cons

I had to re-download the program this year (2013) and it filled my computer with malware.

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5 stars

"Everything it claims to be!"

November 12, 2013  |  By AyaHazelova

 |  Version: Holiday Lights 5.4

Pros

Does everything it claims to do, and cheerfully!
DOES work on Windows 7 Ultimate 64, but ONLY while using the Windows Classic Theme, so far. I am willing to bet this applies to other Win7 OSs as well, because I discovered this purely by accident. The system requirements clearly do not list this operating system, so try it at hardly any risk. Uninstalling this gem takes barely a few clicks if it doesn't work.

Cons

When the music changes, there is a slight delay in lights blinking, but this is not a heavy issue. I noticed that, while dragging desktop icons, the lights will freeze for that brief moment as well. They're barely cons, if not super tiny prices to pay for the preservation of a historical program. It would be great to see an update someday!

Summary

The system requirements clearly do not list this operating system, so try it at your own risk, but don't leave a negative review unjustly. If it doesn't advertise to work on your OS, you can't expect it to. This is a classic, old program and probably one of the few survivors of its time. It is still every bit as great as I remember it and, even if I need to use the Classic Theme, it is worth it. (It helps that I like classic theme already.)

Updated on Nov 12, 2013

Update!! Holiday Lights works with -any- theme in Windows 7 Ult 64! I had noticed that, when changing to a Win7 aero theme, the lights disappear. If you disable Transparency in the Color Settings of the Display Settings, and then re-enable transparency, the lights will reappear and all will work as normal.

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5 stars

"Works great in windows 8"

March 06, 2013  |  By cdejong2

 |  Version: Holiday Lights 5.4

Pros

I have used this program for over 12 years. I just love it.

Cons

did not work in windows 7 but I upgraded just as soon as windows 8 was out and holiday lights works fine

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1 stars

"Doesn't Work With My Windows 7"

November 17, 2012  |  By TC141

 |  Version: Holiday Lights 5.4

Pros

Light Program, Nice Decorations, No Spyware

Cons

Stabiity Problem

Summary

I used vers 3.1 from 2002 to last year when I went from XP to W7. The older version wouldn't work at all, and I was delighted to see a newer version on CNET. However, the desktop decorations appear for a few seconds as the computer boots up, blink once, then disappear. Too bad.

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5 stars

"Retro Holiday Themes"

December 24, 2011  |  By NewsView

 |  Version: Holiday Lights 5.4

Pros

I am a registered owner of this software going back to the Mac OS 9 days (1990s). Out of curiosity, I came looking for Tiger's Holiday Light's software & discovered that it is discontinued and Mac OS X & Windows 7 support are not on the way per the company website:

http://support.tigertech.net/old-software

Installing the app in Windows 7 resulted in the MIDI sound working but not the accompanying graphics. The screen saver function previewed successfully but the Holiday bulbs did not render on top of the windows or the desktop.

I gave up thinking that the software was too old. But while searching my PC for some holiday themed files I happened to change the Windows 7 stock desktop wall paper to an old GIF image file, right-clicking to apply to desktop. With that simple step up popped the familiar bulbs around the desktop as well as the GIF I had selected for the background. So the "pro" in this case is that Holiday Lights appears compatible with Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit install).

Cons

Obviously this is dated software and the MIDI sound files and graphics are very basic and somewhat cheesy. However, it is all fun in the spirit of the season. (You've got to be a kid again at least once a year!)

Summary

Good software for the seasonal-theme lover. Includes music, screen saver and desktop bulb graphics for many holidays throughout the year.

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5 stars

"I like very much"

November 29, 2011  |  By Diamondkittens

 |  Version: Holiday Lights 5.4

Pros

I like the way it makes my desktop look very nice

Cons

You have to pay to use everything

Summary

I will be telling my family and friend about this.
Merry Christmas everyone.

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5 stars

"It works with Windows Vista!!!"

July 02, 2011  |  By djfrazier

 |  Version: Holiday Lights 5.4

Pros

To my surprise, it works great with Vista! I took a chance on 07/02/2011 and downloaded it, opened it and the bulbs started flashing on my desktop! True independence day gift!

Cons

There are no cons!

Summary

I used to use it on my Windows 98 computer years ago and was waiting for an upgrade. After reading that there would be NO upgrade, I just took the chance. The worst that could happen is that it would not open, but itI DID! My computer is alive again. Try it. It may work for you as well. Heck, it may work with Windows 7. What do you have to lose?

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5 stars

"Cute, I liked it."

December 14, 2010  |  By father_ted_fan

 |  Version: Holiday Lights 5.4

Pros

Very customizable.

Cons

Wish i could add my own music in the free version. Thinking about buying it. Looks like it would also be cool for a bunch of other holidays, too!

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Tiger Technologies
Publisher web site http://www.tigertech.com
Release Date November 13, 2003
Date Added November 13, 2003
Version 5.4
Category
Category Screensavers & Wallpaper
Subcategory Screensavers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 1MB
File Name HLSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 975,975
Downloads Last Week 75
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Some bulbs and music files unavailable
Price $19.95

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