Has the urge to start Christmas decorating struck you yet?
Before you start, it’s best to develop an overall game plan. Hanging Christmas lights outside can be a challenge and we know that you want it to be perfect. After all, you have to drive by your house, too. :D
When coming up with your game plan, remember that there are multiple places popular for housing lights. Those places include along the roof, on or around bushes and tress, around pillars or posts, around deck railings, around windows or door frames, and along driveways. If they are sitting out in the open of your yard, you might consider grouping them together so that it doesn’t look misplaced or bare. An all white light scheme with nativity scene is a very traditional and practical idea. Using colored lights and blow up figures shows the fun spirited person living in the house.
Although putting up Christmas lights is fun, it is a challenge and can be full of risks. There is great risk while hanging lights on your home, especially if you are up high or do not have a safe ladder. If a ladder is not sturdy or leaned up correctly, it could cause it to shift or fall with you on it. It is always a good idea to have someone hold the bottom of your ladder or tie it off. You can always wear a hard hat as well in case you fall.
Things to keep in mind that you may need: ladder, light clips for gutters or window seals, duck tape, timers, tap measures, extension cord, and maybe an extra hand (or two)! ;)
Here are some extra tips to safely create an impressive outdoor display that might even save a little cash.
If you are building your house or have a contractor in mind for your current home- they can install an outdoor GFI outlet that is safe for all kinds of weather! This means that you don’t have to worry about running cords and trying to hide them out of the way. Keeping the moisture away from your outlet will ensure the longevity of your Christmas decorating. Not running cords all over will also decrease the chance of them becoming disconnected or starting a fire.
MAKE SURE YOU CHECK HOW MANY AMPS ARE CONNECTED TO YOUR OUTLET! You can do this by locating the breaker box in your home (most of the time it is in a basement or a laundry/utility room). Then find the breaker that corresponds to the outside outlet and see how many amps it is. Multiply that by 120 and that number is the maximum wattage a circuit can handle. If you overload a circuit, it will blow a fuse. A blown fuse could lead to melting wires and starting a fire. That is the LAST thing you want to do.
If you need to plug in more lights to a outlet, you can use a splitter. A splitter is similar to what you find at the end of the extension cord, or one you can plug into the outlet and there is around six more places to plug in.
There are many varieties of clips that attach to gutters, siding, window frames and other areas to keep the lights upright and evenly spaced. Nails or staples can cause damage to the exterior trim and are usually not the best option. Many of the clips, spacers, light-installing guns and other helpers are sold at Home Depot and Target.
Additionally, SPI Enterprises suggests putting all holiday lights on timers. Turning them off at night when most people are sleeping will help the lights not get too hot in temperature and it will save on your electric bill!