It’s that time of year. The food, the presents, the mistletoe and
this year, you’re determined to have the best Christmas lights on the block. Here are some easy tricks to get the house
looking merry and bright. Before you even start, it’s best to take a
step back and develop an overall game plan. Start by identifying a focal point for the
lights. Next, measure any straight line you want to
adorn with lights. This will help you figure out how many strands
you’ll need. Also measure the distance to the power source.
The last thing you want is beautiful light
display and no way to turn it on. If you want your house to be seen from space,
you’ll need to stagger two sets of lights side-by-side, or look for lights that are
spaced closer together. Denser lights, equal brighter lights. For mounting, forget your previous methods
involving staples, clothespins, and duct tape. This year, light clips are your new best friends
Lowe’s has a light clip for every surface Now for the big question: how many lights
can you string together? Turns out, most LEDs can connect up to 25
strands, whereas incandescent lights may only be able to connect 3 to 6.
Believe it or not white lights are not all
the same color. LED lights typically have a bluish tint, whereas
incandescent bulbs are slightly orange. Hang them side-by-side and they will look
mismatched. There are tons of different light types and
colors. Just make sure to group the same light-type
together. So now that the prep is done, its time to
test your lights. Do this on the ground, since the last place
you want to find out your lights aren’t working is on top of a ladder in the cold. Go ahead and attach the light clips at this
point and make sure they’re the lights are all running in the same direction.
Now you need to work from the ground up: Bushes: Try using net lights. They are like a blanket of lights. Simply lay them on the bushes and you’re done. Trees: When hanging lights in a tree, try
using a hanging pole. They’re also great for hard to reach areas
or if you just don’t want to climb a ladder. Windows, Doors & Railings: Deck Clips easily
roll onto railings to hold lights securely without damage.Step back as you go and make
sure everything is shaping up the way you want it. Attach lights to the gutters, by using an
all-purpose light clip.
They can connect to the strand or directly
to the bulb. This would be a perfect place for those icicle
lights! Now that the lights are up, plug them into
an outdoor timer to save energy. Some even have light sensors that automatically
turn on at dusk. That’s it! Time to flip the switch and admire your work!