Hang Your Christmas Lights With Ease

It’s time to decorate for the holidays. The tree might already be up, and stockings may be also be hung on the mantle with care, but what about the exterior of your home? Remember these tips when you want to hang Christmas lights around your home.

Safety First

Before you ever pull a ladder out of storage, there are some practical matters to take care of. First, inspect all your lights and extension cords to ensure that they’re in good condition, and that they’re suitable for outdoor use. Don’t try to overload each extension cord, either, and remember that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests using no more than three standard-length strings of lights per extension cord. Keep the cords away from snow and water as well, and recruit some help to make the entire process go smoother.

Plan Ahead

To make sure you have enough lights, take measurements of the area you want to cover. After that, check to see where you power outlets are so that you know how much extension cord you’ll need to power all your lights. It might help to plug everything in first to see how far you’ll be able to stretch your lights.

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Pick Your Decorations

Christmas decorations have come a long way in recent years, so consider your options to decide which is the right look for your home. Incandescent bulbs are always an option, but even though they might come at a lower price, they tend to warm up, and don’t always last as long as other kinds of bulbs. LED bulbs are available in long strings to cover more space. Icicle lights also add a charming wintery look to entrances and other covered areas, and some even feature a cascading light effect.

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December 5, 2022
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