Holiday Light Installation
A Guide on Proper Holiday Light Installation
Choose high-quality holiday lights for your home.
Avoiding cheap lights will save you from reliability issues later on. Selecting high-quality holiday lighting installation is great if you’re planning to use them for a long time. Cheap holiday lights are also prone to fire hazards if they are not properly installed or if the components of the lights are cheaply made. We don’t want to start a fire just because of some display lights on our home. If you’re also planning on hiring a professional installer for your lights, it is better to find someone with the skill and knowledge regardless of the price.
Make sure to keep extension cords in a proper location.
You have to make sure that the extension cords that you are using are rated for outdoor use. It should also be above the ground, away from water and snow. Avoid placing it in high-traffic areas where someone might trip over them. You can tape the cords along the corridors or walkways and use the correct length for your holiday lights. Extension cords that are too long can be a walking hazard, and we do not want that to happen.
Always consider choosing waterproof holiday lights.
Because holiday lights are placed outside of our homes, it is necessary that they are waterproof. Choosing waterproof rated lights will last longer and be reliable even if it is raining or snowing. Also, you should never use indoor Christmas lights outdoors.
Choose the correct bulb type.
Traditional holiday lights typically use C7 or C9 bulbs. These bulbs are cone-shaped and are very attractive and bright. It is common and can be found in any convenience store and home improvement shop. The difference between C7 and C9 is their wattage and size. The C9 is a bit bigger and easier for people to see from a distance. You can choose between frosted or clear bulbs, and it is a great choice for illuminating roofs and trees surrounding your home.
Use unique bulbs to get that eye-catching outdoor design.
An alternative option to get that striking outdoor holiday lighting is to use miniature lighting. Not only is it unique, but it also costs less and uses less wattage. You can use it around the perimeter of your house and also on your trees. Most of the miniature bulbs that you can buy today have a shunt inside them that can keep the entire string of lights lit even if a bulb filament goes out. Miniature lights are a great budget-friendly option as you get a quality set of lights with good designs without breaking the bank.