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Holiday Light Hanging Tips

Posted by: Clyde Nettles
Dec 08, 2016

The holidays are right around the corner and that means it’s time to prepare for hanging your exterior Christmas lights. Here are some tips to help you decorate outdoors safely.

Make a plan

Don’t fly off the cuff and get started without making a plan first. Planning is essential, especially if this is the first time you're decorating the outside of your home.

  • Make sure you know where the outdoor outlets are located before you get started. This step may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s more important than you think. The last thing you want is to spend time hanging lights only to realize when you get to the end that there is nowhere to plug them in.
  • Measure twice, shop once. Measure any place on your house that will be adorned with lights and the distance from your lights to their power source. These measurements will help you decide how many light strands and extension cords to buy.
  • Know how many strands of lights your using. It takes about 100 lights to cover every 1.5 feet you want to decorate. Increase that number if you’re going for the Clark Griswold look and want your house to be visible from outer space.

Use the right stuff

Before hanging your lights, here are some recommend items to use.

  • UL approved extension cords made for outdoor use
  • Lights rated for indoor/outdoor use
  • Light clips which can attach lights to gutters or roof shingles
  • Deck clips that can attach lights to porch or deck railings
  • Light-hanging pole or ladder to hang lights in trees
  • Net lights to make decorating bushes quick and easy
  • LED lights if you want to save money

Hanging lights

Now that you're ready to hang your lights, follow these tips.

  • Check each strand. Check your light strands for frayed and damaged cords. If cords are damaged, get rid of them, because a faulty strand will not only ruin your design but also presents a safety hazard.
  • Test your lights. Always test your lights on the ground before hanging them, even if they're brand new.
  • Start at a focal point. Pick a focal point, such as the entryway, and start there. Work your way out from that point.
  • Be Creative. Show your personality and your Holiday spirit. There’s really no wrong way to do holiday lights!

Happy Holidays! For all of your roofing needs, contact the experts at Clyde Nettles Roofing of Columbia!


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