The most wonderful time of the year has arrived! Have you begun decorating your home to spread your holiday cheer? One of the best ways to decorate is hanging Christmas lights on your house and around your yard for everyone to see. It’s getting to be that time when you’ll break out your lights and ladder, so read up on how you can make your home the envy of the block.
Hanging Christmas Lights
If you’re climbing up on a ladder to hang your lights, take the proper safety precautions. You need to:
- Grab the right gear. Sturdy, nonslip shoes are a must, and you may want to think about getting a hard hat.
- Know your limits when it comes to how many strands of lights you can link together, as different kinds of lights have different protocol. Because LED lights have a lower wattage, you can string together several strands—often up to 25—but incandescent lighting’s high wattage can’t handle nearly as much. It’s usually safe to link only up to five or six strands.
- Consider your experience. If it’s your first time hanging Christmas lights, recruit a friend who’s done it before to help you out. Or, think about hiring a lights service.
Set a plan.
Think about what you want before you begin your work! Will you focus on your roof? Your home’s columns or light posts? Trees and landscaping? There’s a lot of room for you to get creative here! Our advice is to pick a “main attraction” to focus on, and work from there. Trying to make every aspect of your home or yard look perfect usually only leads to frustration.
Gather your tools.
Before you start, make sure you have the right materials to get the job done. You’ll first want to know your types of lights . . .
- As mentioned above, the two choices are incandescent and LED bulbs, and their differences stretch beyond how many strands you can link together. LED lights will use significantly less energy, saving you money on your utility bill. However, their lower wattage means they won’t shine as brightly as their counterpart, the incandescent bulbs.
- Lights come in so many different shapes and colors, and even two sets of white lights may not have the same tint or brightness. Take this into consideration when stocking up.
- String lights are best for hanging along a roof or wrapping around trees, posts, or columns. There are also “net” lights to make decorating bushes and shrubs easier.
In addition to bulbs, there are other tools on the market to make hanging Christmas lights even easier. Most home improvement stores carry special clips for holiday lights that fasten to nearly any surface and hold the lights in place well. Another tool you might want to pick up is a light hanging pole. This is great for trees or awkward, hard-to-reach spots. Depending on your home, it may even save you from getting on your ladder!