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Our Tips for Creating a Beautiful Christmas Light Display
- Start out small. Light just two or three bushes or trees, to serve as focal points. Use light-up ornaments to complement your display. Add new displays each year.
- Plan before you shop. Map out your scheme and take measurements. To measure for spiraling up a tree or post, wrap a string around it then measure the length of the string.
- Check for burned-out lights. Plug in light strings to test for and replace any burned out lights. Alternatively, use solar powered lights which don't have the same problem and will require less maintenance.
- Avoid damage to property. Do not use nails, staples, screws, or metal hooks to mount your display. Electrical or duct tape is a quick and easy alternative and is also good for protecting electrical connections. Lighting clips can also be used to safely hold lights to surfaces.
- Bottom up or top down. To string deciduous tree trunks, begin at the base and wrap the lights around in a spiral. If you want to illuminate an evergreen, start at the top and zigzag the lights through the center of the tree, getting wider with the tree's shape.
- Add some dimension. Consider bordering walks, paths, and driveways with ground or stake lighting.
- Don't overload your circuits. Include no more than 1,400 watts on a circuit. If other lights in the house dim when you turn on the Christmas lights, your circuit is overloaded. Consider solar lighting as an alternative to mains powered lights.
- Safety first. Only use lights designed specifically for outdoor use. If you don't have roofing experience, limit your lights to eaves, gables, and the edge of the roof. Keep lights and cords away from metal. Beware of overheated wires, aluminum gutters, and ironwork decor. Consider calling a professional lighting company for large roof or upper story displays.
- Switch them off. Turn off outdoor lights before going to sleep and don't leave them on when you're away from home, unless they're solar powered or attached to a timer with a photocell.