What’s the Story Behind Holiday Lights?

Holiday lights are available in a full range of styles to help you create postcard-worthy curb appeal during the most wonderful time of year. There are classic string lights with either white or colored bulbs, light projectors, and sets fashioned to resemble snowflakes or reindeer that can be hung from your roof or gutters.

You can walk into almost any retailer and find a wide variety of garland lights for wrapping them around your porch railing, net lights for draping them over your bushes, and pathway lights for illuminating your paver driveway in a spectrum of colors, as well.

The twinkle and, if we’re honest with ourselves, the frustration of holiday lights did not always exist, though. They were introduced in the nineteenth-century by Edward Hibberd Johnson, Thomas Edison’s assistant on 36th Street in the Big Apple (Malanowski).

Johnson’s red, white, and blue light bulbs replaced the hazardous candles that previously decorated the holiday tree. However, they were initially priced quite steeply at $12 a box for 16 bulbs, according to the Smithsonian Magazine. Remember, this was the early 1900s.

“Today, an estimated 150 million light sets are sold in America each year, adding to the tangled millions stuffed into boxes each January,” according to the same article in the Smithsonian Magazine (Malanowski). Additionally, you can locate brilliant holiday light displays to take the family to in your area at Denver.org.

Safe Gutters Installation

Capture the joy of the season by hanging twinkling lights from your gutters or roof’s fascia with the utmost care. You should always put safety first and enlist the help of a buddy or hire a professional lighting company. If you choose to go the DIY route, make sure to measure first, ensuring you purchase the proper amount of roof clips. For tips on how to measure your roofline, click here to read last year’s holiday blog.

Roof clips are the safest way to hang lights. They are easily installed and won’t damage your asphalt roof. You can find them at local retailers and online for under $15 for a 100-pack. You’ll want to make sure to purchase the right type for your specific roofing material. They may also be hung on gutters. Finally, you can find an extending pole that allows you to safely hang lights without ever needing to climb onto a ladder.

Professional Roofing Repairs

With more than sixteen years of experience, Jenesis Roofing, Inc. is the contractor to call for all your roofing needs. We specialize exclusively in maintaining, repairing, re-roofing, and replacing residential roofs throughout Denver and the surrounding communities of Colorado.

We also install gutters, pavers, and attic ventilation systems. Contact us today at (303) 789-1505 to schedule an appointment with one of our certified roofers and receive an accurate roof repair or replacement quote in writing. We are licensed and insured.


Malanowski, J. “Untangling the History of Christmas Lights.” Smithsonian Magazine, December 2016, smithsonianmag.com/history/untangling-history-christmas-lights-180961140/.

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