Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Helpful Tips for Putting Up Your Christmas Lights

Getty Images

Usually right after Thanksgiving, you’ll start seeing Christmas lights twinkling on houses and lawns all across the world. But, putting them up can be a pretty big task, especially if you don’t really know what you’re doing. Here are some tips I’ve found pretty helpful when putting my Christmas lights up.


Joe Raedle, Getty Images
Joe Raedle, Getty Images

Measure The Area You Want to Decorate

 
 

Trust me, if there is one thing I've learned over the years of putting lights up, it's to measure the area I want to decorate. I can't tell you how many times I have not gotten enough lights, and have had to go back and go through the huge crowd of holiday shoppers to get some more. If you measure your rooftop, lawn, bushes, etc, you'll not only have enough lights when it's time to go buy some, but, you will come up with some cool design ideas as you measure.

 
Facebook
Facebook

Always Check Your Lights Before You Put Them Up

 
 

This seems like common sense, but you'd be surprised how many people will do all of that work to put their lights up, then turn them on and you have bulbs that are not lighting or they are shorting out. Before you put your lights up, plug them in and see if all the bulbs are lighting up, or if there are any holes or kinks in the wiring that could short out later or even cause a fire.

 
Joe Raedle, Getty Images
Joe Raedle, Getty Images

Get Energy Saving Lights

 
 

Over the past few years, I've gradually switched over to LED lights and have actually seen quite a bit of savings on my electric bill. LED lights are 90% more efficient, last longer, and, since they give off little heat, you don't have to worry about something on your house or lawn bursting into flames. I will say that they are a little bit more expensive, but they look better and will save you a lot on your electric bill in the long run.

 
YouTube
YouTube

Remember Safety First

 
 

Whether they were shocked after putting their lights up while plugged in, or if they fell off a ladder, hundreds of people go to the hospital each year from holiday accidents. Whether you use it inside or outside, make sure you are using your ladder correctly. I've seen people use a small ladder in the back of a pick-up truck to reach the height they needed to string up their lights. Not a good idea. Take it from old Clark Griswold in this scene from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

 
YouTube
YouTube

Don't Overload Your Circuits

 
 

Each year, thousands of house fires are caused by Christmas lights that had a short in the wiring, or just simply because of someone overloading their circuits. Here's a hint, if all of the lights in your house dim when you turn your lights on, you have overloaded your circuits. No more than 1400 watts should be on a circuit. Check your Christmas lights to see how many watts they put out. Also, try not to plug too many lights in to each other. Again, safety first.

 
Getty Images
Getty Images

Use Landscape Net Lighting

 
 

Instead of using regular strand lighting for your bushes or trees, use net lighting and it will save you a lot of time, energy and stress. You won't have to worry about getting the strand of lights in the right place. Just get net lighting and drape it over your bushes, and you're literally done in seconds.

 
Matt Cardy, Getty Images
Matt Cardy, Getty Images

Getting Design Ideas

 
 

If you're not sure what kind of design you are going to do, take a drive around the neighborhood to come up with some ideas, or just simply look online. Start slow at first, and always remember you can add on later. After all, we all can't be Clark Griswold.

 

More From KEAN 105.1

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://keanradio.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on KEAN 105 Today's Best Country quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on KEAN 105 Today's Best Country quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!