With Thanksgiving just days away, and Christmas around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about hanging outdoor Christmas lights. But, before you do, resist the urge to “wing it’ and develop your game plan.
The Game Plan for Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights
Pick a focal point. A focal point will help you avoid looking like you blasted lights out of a cannon all over your lawn.
Consider the surface you’re installing them on. Check the gutter thickness and shingle flexibility to determine the best way to hang the lights along the roofline.
Some popular areas for hanging outdoor Christmas lights include:
- Along the Roofline or Eaves
- On Bushes, Hedges, and Trees
- Wrapped Around Pillars, Posts, or Decks
- Strung Around Windows, Door Frames, and Other Architectural Features
- Lining the Driveway, Pathways, or Lawn Perimeter
- Inside Window Boxes and Planters
Measure any straight line that you want to illuminate. It will help you determine the number of strands you’ll need. Also, measure the distance to your power source.
Determine the number of lights you want. While this will vary depending on personal preference, a good rule of thumb is 100 lights every 1-½ feet of the tree or shrub you want to cover.
Of course, if you want your house to be seen from space like Clark Griswald, then you’ll want to stagger two sets of lights side-by-side. Another option is to look for lights that are close together. The denser the lights, the brighter it’ll be.
It’s Time to Prepare Your Lights
Safety first! Use only UL-approved extension cords specifically for outdoor use. Also, check the packaging of your lights. You want to look for ones rated for indoor/outdoor use, the lighted length, and how many strands you can connect.
Inspect your lights. You should never use lights with frayed or damaged cords.
Check the light color. Believe it or not, white lights are not all the same color. LEDs tend to have a bluish tint, whereas incandescent bulbs are slightly orange.
Use light clips to hang your lights. They’ll be your new best friend. Use this Christmas Light Clips Guide to choose the right clips for your strands.
Get creative with light types. There are so many options to choose from, so have fun with them! Just make sure that you group the same light-type.
Tip: LEDs use less energy, and you don’t have to worry about them overheating. Also, try net lights for your bushes. Just toss them over the shrubs and boom, done!
Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding safety instructions, care, maintenance, and application to be on the safe side.
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