January 18, 2019

Christmas Light Installation: A Beginner’s Guide

Hanging Exterior Christmas Lights Can Be Easy
Christmas Light Installation A bEginner GuideIf you celebrate Christmas and live in a private home, chances are that you will, at some point, want to make the season more festive by hanging Christmas lighting outside. Contrary to what many people believe, learning how to hang Christmas lights isn’t difficult. Here are some tips to get you started.

Getting Ready
Christmas Light Installation A bEginner Guide 1It’s best to find someone to help you rather than undertaking a Christmas light installation project on your own. However, if you cannot find one, hang a receptacle (either a basket or a bucket with a handle) from a nail or an “S” hook on your ladder. This will limit the number of times you need to climb up and down from the roof during the course of your work. Carefully scrutinizing all of your exterior Christmas lights before you–and, if available, your assistant–ascend the ladder is also a good idea. Ensure that all lights are operable and have no frayed areas in the cords prior to carrying them up the ladder with you.

Starting At The Top
Christmas Light Installation A bEginner Guide 2One of the most important things to remember when doing a Christmas light installation is to finish each piece of the project before starting on another. Otherwise, you may miss something important and will find yourself re-taking steps you thought you had already completed in the course of installing Christmas lighting outside. Start with the roof line. You can run an extension cord through a window or plug it into an exterior outlet and running it from there to the roof line, keeping it as close to the house as possible and making certain that the outlet is not exposed to rain, snow, and sprinkler water. Then, install fasteners or holders over which to drape the extension cord or cords and the strings of exterior Christmas lights themselves. Space all fasteners uniformly, and ensure that they hold up to 10 pounds.

The Hang of It
Christmas Light Installation A bEginner Guide 3Once the fasteners or holders have been installed, it’s time hang your exterior Christmas lights. Starting at the power source, “follow” the fasteners across to the other side of the line. Suspend an individual string, then plug in the next string, then the next, etc. Never plug all the strings together to speed things up, as it will result in a mess of tangled light strings. Finally, double-check that the light string cords of all Christmas lights outside are secure in/on the fastener and cannot be knocked off the roof. Do the columns on your home next, interspersing light strings with natural or artificial holiday garland. Removable tacky clay, placed behind the string garden, will help adhesion here. Loop light strings under and over the railing of your porch, and–with the same peel-and-stick fasteners you used on the roof, along the top of the porch enclosure. Done! See, learning how to hang Christmas lights, and doing a Christmas light installation on your own, isn’t as difficult as you thought. Enjoy your handiwork!

Adapt Your Landscape Lighting to the Holidays

Landscape lighting is a beautiful addition to your home that will pay off year round.  Even at Christmastime, you can, with very little effort add simple touches to make it special for the holiday season.  You could choose to add colored bulbs, adjust your spotlights or add wreath lighting and maybe even a few icicle lights. The investment in landscape lighting seems far less daunting when you consider that it can make the process of Christmas lighting outside much easier.

Combining new or existing landscape lighting with a variety of holiday decorating ideas can allow you to get “double-duty” out of your landscape lighting.  Opt for adding holiday color and additional lights to your yard, adapt your current landscape lighting or select creative products for an unusual combination that sure to marvel your neighbors.

Step back in Time–Combine Candlelight with Your Landscape Lighting and Outside Christmas Lights

Adapt Your landscape Lighting to the HolidaysOne stunning way to combine landscape lighting with your creativity is to take it back in time and make it more nostalgic by mixing your existing landscape lighting with candle light.  To make Christmas Eve very special, you could consider adding candlelight luminaries to your yard. A common practice in some east coast communities, lit votive candles are placed in lunch-size paper bags, so they can light the walkways as guests proceed to homes before and after Christmas Eve services.  An elegant custom, symbolically the candles are said to “light the path of the coming Christ  Child”.

Christmas Lighting Outside–Luminaries-to-Go

Adapt Your landscape Lighting to the Holidays 1Should you not have the time to assemble these yourself various manufacturers have begun producing kits with everything that you need to add this custom to your community.  In some cases the bags are even die-cut with design such as stars, angels, snowmen and Christmas trees.  These luminaries aren’t your only candle lighting option.  In addition to the usual Christmas lighting outside, other candle choices include Mexican tin candle holders and even Chinese lanterns.  The key to using them safely and effectively is to weight them with stones and only put them out on nights when it is not snowing.

To find out more about landscape lighting that easily adapts to the holidays check out: www.holiday-concepts.il.com

Christmas Luminaries are available for purchase at the following sites:

www.flicLuminaries.com

www.lumabase.com

www.simplyluminaries.com