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Electrical  /  November 30, 2020

5 Tips on How to Hang Lights This Christmas

If you want to have a truly memorable Christmas, you don’t want to go halfway. For a special holiday season, you’ll want to plan a spectacular Christmas dinner, choose the perfect Christmas tree, and you gotta hang outdoor lights! When you hang lights for Christmas you’re not just making your home more festive, you’re contributing a little holiday joy to the whole neighborhood. Whether you’re a veteran Christmas display expert or a novice, here are a few hints that should help.

Create a Design

Your Christmas lights display isn’t going to impress anyone unless you put a little thought into it first. You don’t have to be an artistic genius, but you’ll have to put together a plan before you start to hang lights. Start your design by choosing a focal point. Most homeowners (especially when starting out) choose to construct a display around the front door, but you can choose a tree or a nativity scene for your centerpiece, or whatever you like. Regardless of what you choose, a focal point helps keep your lights display looking organized and attractive.

Check the Lights

Before you hang lights, everyone knows you’re supposed to test them first. That doesn’t change the fact that every person has probably forgotten to test their lights in advance at least once in their life. Besides burned out bulbs, there are some other things you should look for as well. Make sure the extension cords are UL-approved, and that they (and the lights) are designed for outdoor use. Also, this is a good time to make sure you have the colored lights you want. White LED lights have a slightly bluish tint, so keep that in mind if you want to save money with LEDs.

Attaching the Lights

If you’ve never done this before, you might now know how to keep all the strands of lights in place. This might tempt you to try to nail or staple them, but don’t do it. This will damage your home and there are other methods that work better. Light clips are readily available that are designed specifically for this task. If you’re fastening light strands around a bannister or railing, zip-ties work just as well.

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The most important thing to remember when you hang lights is to have fun! You’re not decorating your home for Christmas because you have to, but because you want to. If you need any help with your lighting display — or you need anything else this holiday season — call the skilled craftsmen at Handyman Connection of Marietta, GA.                    

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