Holiday Lights 101
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! With gorgeous light displays being one of the main decorations of choice. But do you struggle with piecing your light display together? End up dangling from your roof by a half burned out strand of icicle lights? Do you envy those neighbours that just seem to put their lights up with ease and they just look so beautiful? We are here to help!
Here are some excellent tips and tricks to keep your home looking merry and bright while saving on those electricity costs (because more savings = more presents?!):
Santa Always Plans His Route. We aren’t saying that you need to have the perfect plan drawn out, so you can execute it masterfully… But, experts do recommend having a picture in mind, and measuring out how many feet of lights you will need to cover a certain area. Whether you want your light display to be like the Griswold’s or minimalistic, it’s still important to measure! This way you won’t be making multiple trips to the store. And don’t forget those extra accessories you’ll need like extension cords, light clips, and timers!
It’s The Little Things That Make Our World Bright. Always remember: Little and Bright. Experts say LED lights that are energy efficient are gaining popularity! It’s also good to look for lights that can be easily added to structures, trees, and anything else your yard has to offer. For those hard-to-reach corners, there are always battery-operated options too!
Hey Google, Turn On My Epic Christmas Display. Many people are incorporating their Christmas lights into their smart home technology say the experts. You can impress your neighbours by setting your lights to a holiday tune or just have the ease of not having to get your snow suit on to turn off your lights when it’s -40! Whether you’re wanting to impress the neighbours with fancy flickering lights or just want the ease to turn your display on and off, using your smart home technology is the way to go!
Choosing Your Style:
There are many light options that are super versatile, so you can switch up your elaborate light display year after year. However, it is important to understand all those options before heading off to the store! Here are some helpful tips:
We’re Walkin’ In A Winter Wonderland. Icicle or snowflake lights are a great option to make your light display look like a beautiful, wintery wonderland.
Santa Is On Spotlight. LED projection spotlights are an easy and quick option to add some Christmas cheer to your light display. Experts say that this is a great way to cut costs—for a small price you can light up your whole home!
A Neon Christmas. Neon rope lights—while untraditional—add a ton of brightness to any display. Whether you’re looking for a futuristic, “live long and prosper” look or just wanting to add a beautiful frame of light to your doorway, these pack a big punch of Christmas spirit.
Tis The Season To Sparkle. String lights are always a timeless option. With white, green, red, and so many other colour options, you are sure to be satisfied by the look of string lights. There are also a ton of bulb options including mini lights and large bulbs.
Santa, Is It Really You? If you’re looking to get the kids involved with your outdoor display, Christmas inflatables are a great option. From Elsa to Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer to Santa, there are a ton of options out there to make your Christmas display super fun!
It’s Time To Deck The Halls!
Check Those Lights. Before the Christmas cheer takes over, be sure to check each strand of lights for exposed wires and loose bulbs. It’s also a good idea to plug each set in to make sure all of the lights are in working order before putting them up.
Santa Always Puts Safety First. #1 Check your surroundings. You’ll likely be pulling your ladder and tools out for this merry operation, so be sure you know where the kids and pets are. #2 Avoid putting over five to six strands together as this could trip your breaker and lead to weakening Christmas cheer. #3 Avoid pulling the strands to tight to reach outlets. Safety is of utmost importance during the holiday season.
Keeping the Neighbours Happy Too. Although you may want your house to look like an epic, cheery Christmas display, not all the neighbours may see it that way.. if you know what we mean? Make sure you are courteous with your display by ensuring it isn’t blocking sight lines or if you’re adding music to your display that you begin quite time around 8 p.m. say the experts.
Clips, clips, clips. Be sure you are using the proper gear to string those lights up. Hardware stores stock tons of different styles of clips and hooks for any Christmas display!
Making Your Lights Last For Years To Come. When the season comes to an end, it’s important to store your Christmas lights properly to avoid damaging them. It’s also important to take them down because exposure to all seasons can damage wires, lights, and sockets.
And there you have it! You’re ready to get cracking on your Christmas display for all to see! In no time at all, your neighbours will be impressed with your sweet, festive display of lights!
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