The holidays are a skip away! If you haven’t finished decorating the exterior of your home, follow these five tips for ensuring your holiday lights are hung on the roof with care, then flip the switch, and stand back to admire your holiday display. Don’t forget the steamy hot chocolate!
First, a Plan
Now is your chance to show the neighborhood your holiday spirit. Whether you prefer subtle twinkling lights or colorful displays, like pictured, you should always begin with a plan.
If it’s your first time adorning your home with lights, you’ll need to measure the areas you want to decorate, as well as the distance from exterior outlets.
That will help you decide how many UL certified light strands and extension cords you’ll need. All products must be strictly rated for outdoor use.
Check Your Lights
You should carefully inspect all light strings and extension cords. Strands with frayed wires, missing sockets, or that are damaged can pose significant safety risks.
Experts recommend replacing all damaged products with new, making sure to dispose of those that are not up to par.
Before hanging your lights, whether they are new or old, test them to ensure they are correctly functioning and replace any burnt-out bulbs.
Use LED Holiday Lights
LEDs use significantly less energy than conventional holiday light sets. They also produce very little heat – alleviating any concern that they may overhead.
Some popular products include string lights for the eaves of your roof, rope lights around pillars, and net lights for bushes. Always follow manufacturer directions when connecting multiple strands.
Install Plastic Light Clips
How many times have you watched Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation hanging the lights on his house? Not only does he go overboard on the light strings, causing a widespread blackout, but he also uses a staple gun to hang them.
Both of which are a BIG no!
All-purpose light clips – available in packages of 50 or more for under $15 – work with any holiday light set. These are the safest and least invasive way to attach lights to shingles or gutters.
Automate the Lights with Timers
After you’ve installed your holiday lights, plug them into an outdoor timer, ensuring they are off before you leave or go to bed. There are even timers that detect brightness, turning on at dusk, and off at dawn. Again, you’ll want to make sure the timer is designed for outdoor use and that it is UL certified.
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