Outdoor Lighting Holiday Tips

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The twinkle of icicle lights along a porch. The glow of a star on top of a tree. The blinking of colorful bulbs on shrubs.

Holiday lights sure add some vibrancy and cheer to the neighborhood as the holidays near. Here are a few outdoor lighting tips for the holiday season:

Put safety first – decking the halls is fun and rewarding, but it’s also serious. No one wants to get hurt during the holiday season, so please take precautions. Of course, your ladder should be sturdy, and you should probably also have a spotter.

You should also be sure the lights you’re hanging up outside are INDEED outdoor lights. Be sure that your method of hanging lights isn’t also damaging the cords; for example, staples are better than using a nail or tack.

Finally, because no one wants to get electrocuted, make sure your exterior outlets are covered and GFI protected.

Plan and prepare – you can be more prepared, year after year, if you devise a plan. This is especially helpful if several members of your family are assisting in the decorating. Thinking ahead allows you to not just have a “floor plan” of where things go, but it can also serve as a checklist of things to consider. This means fewer trips out to the store for extra extension cords, for example. Also, if something changes in your plan, make a note of it so you’ll know for next year!

Avoid tripping hazards – your home will be more lit up, and also maybe more filled up! This applies more to inside lights, but we’ll add it here just in case: be sure to place extension cords against the wall and/or use tape to secure them.

Save money and energy with LED lights – many experts report how LED lights can conserve energy—which in turn can lower your electric bill! It’s reported they use 70 to 90 percent less energy than the traditional bulb!

So, whether you prefer a traditional style or want to go over the top with your decorations, have fun and be safe during this holiday season—and, enjoy the lights!

P.S. The Holiday Safety Council published this handy safety guide which includes lighting tips, but many other holiday safety concerns. 

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