Helpful Tips for Putting up your Christmas Lights

Posted on November 29, 2012

Usually right after Thanksgiving, you'll start seeing Christmas lights twinkling on houses and lawns all around your neighborhood.  With the great weather we are expected to have this weekend we are sure this task is on many of your To-Do Lists.  Putting them up can be a pretty big job, especially if you don't really know what you are doing.  Here are some tips we've found helpful:

  1. Measure the area you want to decorate. It's the old rule of "Measure Twice buy once!"  You will save a lot of time knowing exactly what you are wanting to cover and make a plan before you go to the store. 
  2. Always check your lights before you put them up. This seems like common sense but you would be surprised how many people put all in place before they test them out.
  3. Get energy saving lights.  LED lights are 90% more efficient, last longer, and since they give off little heat, you don't have to worry as much about something on your house or lawn catching fire.
  4. Don't overload your circuits.  Each year thousands of house fires are caused by Christmas lights that had a short in the wiring or just simply because someone overloaded the circuit.  Check your lights to see how many watts they put out.  Also, try not to plug too many lights in to each other.
  5. Use Landscape Net Lighting.  Instead of using regular strand lighting for your bushes or trees, use net lighting and it will save you alot of time, energy and stress.
  6. Get design Ideas.  If you're not sure what kind of design you are going to do, take a drive around neighborhoods to come up with some ideas or simply look online.  Start slow at first, and always remember you can add on later. 

Have a great weekend doing those lights!  We would love to see pictures of what you have done.  Post them on our facebook page for all to see. 

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