May 23, 2019

Have Fun With Your Holiday Lighting Installation


Creative Holiday Decorating–Easier Than You Think  

It’s almost holiday lighting installation time! This year, why not try your hand at some creative holiday decorating? It’s not difficult once you think about how many different types of lights there are, and how many different “twists” on using them there might be.  

Icchristmas sculptureicle Lights: Not Just For Roofs Anymore

Icicle lights that look like the real thing have become a very popular part of holiday lighting installation for many consumers. Not only do they look pretty; they’re a breeze to install.

But don’t just hang these underneath your home’s roof line and call it “creative holiday decorating”! Outdoors, try stringing together multiple strings of icicle lights and spreading them across an expanse of your front porch railing or shrubbery, or wrapping them around front porch columns and/or banisters. Mixing various colors of icicle lights is another option, both outdoors and indoors. Speaking of innovative holiday lighting installation indoors, consider accenting the inside of a large living room window or the top of a door with a sweep of icicle lights, devising window “curtains” made of light strings or weaving icicle lights and garland together to decorate a banister.  

On A Rope

If you’re like a majority of consumers, the only part rope lights play in your holiday lighting installation plan is as an accent for Christmas trees, outdoor railings, and fences. But, there’s more to it than that! The light PVC material from which rope lights are manufactured makes them very flexible, so try to put together an interesting assortment of ready-made Christmas rope light sculptures. You might also take advantage of the availability of rope lights in a range of colors–green, red and white as well as less traditional shades like blue and pink–to give a distinctive look to your Yuletide décor. And while rope lights can be configured to give off “steady” light, it’s fun–and a good creative holiday decorating practice–to experiment with the various “flashing” effects you can set using a controller.  

Beyond the Yard and Living Room

Who says holiday lighting installation has to be limited to landscapes and living rooms? Other rooms benefit just as much from creative holiday decorating based on illumination. Use Christmas lights to line the ceilings in your rooms. Buy and decorate mini-Christmas trees to put in the bedrooms–making them part of a larger holiday vignettes if desired. For added interest, try different bulb shapes. So forget the “same-old, same-old” holiday decorations. With the versatility of today/s lighting options, the sky’s the limit.

Holiday Lighting Installation–Know Your Lights

When it comes to holiday lighting installation, it makes sense to know the proper terminology for the lighting you have in mind.  Knowing what you want and how to ask for it is important, regardless of whether you’re shopping for Christmas lighting ideas or hiring someone who offers commercial Christmas lighting.

For just this reason we have created a glossary of some common terms you’re likely to run across as you plan and shop for your Christmas lites.  Get a handle on these terms and you can easily communicate your desires to shop-keepers and the professionals who do Christmas decorating.

Holiday Lighting Installation Know Your LightsC7--C7 Christmas lights are the smaller of two sizes of traditional Christmas lights

C9--C9 Christmas lights are the larger of the two sizes of traditional Christmas lights, measuring about 2-1/2″ in length.

Holiday Lighting Installation Know Your Lights 1Bubble lights–these are historical Christmas lights that were in common use from the 1940’s to the 1960’s.  Although now quite rare, there are a few companies offering a contemporary version of this old classic.

Holiday Lighting Installation Know Your Lights 2

Icicle lights–These light strands offer cascading droplets of light meant to simulate the look of icicles hanging from a roof.  In recent years the variety of styles has increased to include icicles in various colors as well as a myriad of shapes including stars and other novelty designs.

Holiday Lighting Installation Know Your Lights 3Rope lights–Rope lights are holiday lights encased in a plastic sleeve making them look like a rope.  They are flexible enough to be formed into various shapes and to be installed around curves.

LED lights–These lights are a more energy efficient type of light.  They typically cost a bit more, save energy and should last longer than conventional Christmas lights.  Most styles of lights are available in an LED version as well as a traditional one.  Look for C7, C9, icicle lights and other styles to be offered in an LED version as well.