Decorating your home with Christmas lights is a joyous tradition for many during the holiday season. However, putting up lights can seem intimidating or time-consuming if you don’t properly prepare. With some planning and organisation, you can make lighting up your home for the holidays go smoothly.
This guide will provide tips on preparing your home inside and out so you can hang your lights efficiently and safely. We’ll discuss things like gathering your supplies, testing your strings of lights, and designating spots to mount your lights.
Following these steps will help ensure you can enjoy dazzling your neighbourhood with Christmas cheer with minimum hassle. Let’s get decorating!
Safety First: Installing Christmas Lights
When installing Christmas lights, safety should always be the top priority. Check all light strands for broken or damaged bulbs, cracked plugs, or bare wires before hanging them up. Use only outdoor extension cords labelled for external use, and keep them dry.
Try to avoid hanging lights above busy areas like driveways. Also, don’t overburden electrical outlets - use no more than three light strands per outlet. These basic precautions will help ensure a beautiful light display doesn’t bring unnecessary risks to your family’s well-being.
Choosing the Right Christmas Lights
The type of lights you choose will depend on where and how you plan to display them. Look for LED mini lights for outdoor use, which are more energy efficient and less fragile than incandescent bulbs.
Consider getting both single-colour and multi-colour strands to decorate different areas. You may want traditional clear lights for the roofline and coloured ones wrapped around bushes. Don’t forget lights designed specifically for indoor trees. We suggest having extra bulbs on hand in case of burnout.
Selecting the right lights thoughtfully will result in a festive and cohesive holiday lighting scheme.
Outdoor Decoration: Tips and Tricks
Decorating the outside of your home takes some planning. You can start by mapping out where to place lights, such as along the roofline, wrapping trees, or lining the driveway. Invest in stakes, clips, or hooks to securely mount strands where needed. Also, think about adorning trees by wrapping lights from top to bottom, overlapping as you go down. Start in a corner for the roofline and carefully hang lights spaced evenly across.
Add final touches like icicle lights for the eaves or white lights hidden behind bushes. Turn them on early evenings to maximise curb appeal and spread holiday cheer to neighbours. With the right techniques, your home’s exterior will sparkle beautifully from the street.
Electrical Considerations and Overloading
It’s important to consider your home’s electrical system capacity when hanging Christmas lights. Check that wires, outlets and circuit breakers can safely handle the additional load. Most residential circuits are rated for a maximum of 1800 watts (15 amps).
Count the wattage of each light strand to estimate total usage and stay below this threshold. Avoid plugging too many strands into single outlets or power strips, which can cause overheating and shorting. You may need extension cords to distribute lights across different circuits.
Also, be aware of older homes that may have lower-rated wiring. To play it safe, remove some existing lights if adding new strands risks overloading. Proper load balancing is key for safely dazzling your home with illuminated holiday cheer.
Creative Christmas Light Decoration Ideas
Here are some creative Christmas light decoration ideas:
- Line the front walkway with solar path lights or string lights along stair railings for added illumination.
- Decorate and accent trees by wrapping lights artfully through the branches from bottom to top.
- Spell a holiday message like "Merry Christmas" using plastic letters with built-in lights.
- Drape strings of lights artistically over landscaping like bushes or along the peak of a sloped roof.
- Dot lights in an outline around your front doors, windows, or garage to draw attention.
- Experiment with different colour combinations beyond just clear white lights, like blue and green, red and white, etc.
- Try special effect lights like icicles, twinkle, or coloured bulbs to add visual interest.
- Delight neighbours by decorating mailbox posts or garden fences with whimsical holiday cutouts and lights.
With some imagination, you can light up your home uniquely festively beyond just traditional roofline decoration.
Make Your House a Home for the Holidays
With some preparation and following these lighting tips and tricks, you can dazzle your home and neighbourhood this holiday season. Remember to take all safety precautions when installing Christmas lights to avoid potential electrical hazards.
Double-check that wiring and outlets can handle the load to prevent overloading. At Bright Force Electrical, we are here to help if you need assistance with any wiring upgrades or installations. Whether you require outdoor outlet installation for holiday displays or help route new circuits, our licensed technicians can ensure your home’s electrical system is equipped to power all your lighting displays safely.
Call us before you start decorating to discuss your setup - we want your holidays to be bright but worry-free. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas!