Lights was born Valerie Anne Poxleitner in Timmins, Ontario.
As the daughter of missionary parents, Welsh-Colombian mother, Virginia Poxleitner and Canadian father of German and Austrian descent, Eric Poxleitner, she spent her childhood in many parts of the world, including the Philippines, Jamaica, Ontario, and British Columbia.
As there was already a signed band named "Lights", having her name officially changed was a way to use it despite prior copyright.
In September, she toured with Hedley for eight dates on the Ontario leg of their Canadian tour.
In October 2010, Bring Me The Horizon's album There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It.
In 2009, Lights released her third single to Canadian radio stations called "Ice" with a homemade video released on her My Space.
She also released a second video for "Ice" in Canada on November 10, 2009.
It was released on October 6 in the United States after she left Underground Operations for her own record label, Lights Music Inc. According to Lights, the entire artwork was inspired by Watchmen, 28 Days Later, and Sailor Moon.
Lights toured from January–May 2010 with contemporary synthpop artist Owl City in Canada, the United States, and Europe.She is also featured on the soundtrack (songs "Ben" and "Climbing") for the 2008 Canadian film One Week, starring Joshua Jackson.She was a guest vocalist on the album A Shipwreck in the Sand, released in 2009 by post-hardcore band Silverstein from Burlington, Ontario.In 2007, she contracted with Jian Ghomeshi, who acted as her manager until late 2014. Lights contributed vocals in Ten Second Epic's song "Every Day" and appeared in their music video.The song appeared on the Big Shiny Tunes 14 compilation album and the music video was nominated for Best Independent Music Video at the 2010 Much Music Video Awards.as well as singles "Drive My Soul", "February Air", "Ice", "Second Go", "Toes", and "Up We Go".