Festive, holiday lights brighten spirits and bring cheer to your home. Holiday lights are also a joyous way to greet your guests and get them in the mood for your holiday gathering. Before lighting your home for the season, a few simple steps can save you time, money, and distress. Consider safety and savings first, then start decorating. Here are a few holiday lighting tips to ensure a merry month of December.
Holiday Lighting Safety Concerns
Correct use of holiday lights and a few precautionary steps can ensure a safe and happy, holiday season. Damaged lights or wrong use of lights can lead to disaster. Safety should be your number one concern when it comes to holiday lighting.
- Inspect strings of lights for cracked or frayed electrical cords or broken sockets, which can lead to a fire
- Never connect more than three strings of lights together
- Make sure each socket has a working bulb. Empty sockets or sockets with burned out bulbs can cause the string to overheat
- Outdoor lighting and extension cords must be waterproof or water resistant and rated for exterior use
- Never use outdoor lights or outdoor extension cords inside because they are too hot for interior use
- LED lights are the coolest lights and a good choice for inside
- Secure outside lights with insulated holders (never use tacks or nails)
- Never put lights on trees that might come into contact with power lines
- Ground fault circuit interrupter outlets are the best outlets for outdoor lighting because they will shut the circuit down if there is overcurrent
Save Money with Energy Efficient Holiday Lighting
The holiday season is a time for family, festivities and gift giving. It also a costly time of year. One way to cut back on the expense is with energy efficient lighting. For example:
- Replacing holiday lights with LED lights can save energy and money. LED lights use 70 percent less energy than incandescent lights. Also, up to 24 strings of LEDs can be connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket
- Another way to save both money and energy is to set timers for lights to automatically turn on when it gets dark, then off few hours later
- Boost your light display with reflective ornaments, tinsel, garland, etc.These items can multiply the shine of your lights
Share the Joy of the Season with Outdoor Lighting
Cheerful holiday lighting is a sure way to bring the spirit of the season to your neighborhood. Fortunately, outdoor lighting has come a long way from a simple string of lights looped around a lamp post. Here are several fun new ways to brighten up your front yard for the season.
- A simple way to light your shrubs and bushes is with net lighting. Net lighting is a mesh of connected mini LED lights. You just drape the mesh over your bushes or shrubs like a blanket
- Traditional holiday cone-shaped lights come as C7 or C9 ( the larger of the two). Both come in clear and frosted colors in strands of between 25 bulbs and 100 bulbs
- Miniature bulbs for outdoor lighting will save both money and energy over traditional outdoor light strings. Use miniature bulbs around your home’s perimeter, porch railing, in the trees, etc.
- Create a holiday scene, like a line of reindeer and an angel display, in your front yard with animated lights
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