Are you excited about Christmas yet? With Halloween over and Thanksgiving on the horizon, it’s natural to feel pumped for holiday lights already. If you’re planning on hanging those lights yourself, make sure you have the right equipment and are following proper safety precautions.
Choosing Your Holiday Lights
When you’re shopping for your lights, keep in mind that LED lights typically have a blue tint when lit, whereas incandescent bulbs are slightly orange. If you’re using lights from last year, check for broken bulbs. If you’re going for a more polished, professional look, it’s a good idea to make sure your lights are the same type and size so your lighting scheme doesn’t look mismatched. The general rule is to use white light strands on your house and green strands on your trees and bushes.
Prep Work to Hang Your Lights
If you make an overall game plan before hanging your lights, it will make things a little smoother. Begin by drawing your design and mapping out where you will hang your holiday lights. Identify a focal point for your lights and design from there.
Measurements for the Light Strands
Measure out any straight lines you have around your house, like windows or patios, to accurately measure how many strands of lights you will need to hang there. You should also measure the distance to the lights’ power source. Be sure there is a way to turn on your lights that won’t strain your back, and always have someone helping you if you’re using a ladder.
Hanging Your Holiday Lights
Before you begin to hang your lights, test them out on the ground first. If you’re looking to make a big impression on your neighbors, try hanging two strands of lights side by side or on top of one another. The closer the lights are to one another, the brighter they will shine at night. Instead of using staples or something else difficult to remove when it comes time to take the lights down, try using light clips, which can be found at any local hardware store.
Use a hanging pole to light your trees. If you plan on lighting your bushes, the easiest way to do so is to use net lights. After you have gotten those lit, you can use those light clips to hang on your house, deck and windows. You can also use light sensors or a timer to save on energy.