Twinkling lights are a key part of holiday decorations, and it can be tempting to add extra lights to your display to be more festive every year. Unfortunately, more isn't always merrier with holiday lights, and an overdone display can quickly look tacky and jumbled. With a few easy tricks, however, you can have stunning holiday lights done right.
Before You Begin
Before you plan an outstanding holiday light display, check with local community organizations or governing bodies about outdoor decoration restrictions. Some homeowner associations or municipal guidelines may regulate the color, number or type of holiday lights that can be displayed on the exterior of a home. Some decorations, such as wooden or inflatable displays, may not be permitted, or displays that include music or could be distracting to drivers could be prohibited. Come communities may also restrict the hours or dates when lights can be in operation. No matter how well planned your display may be, if you don't abide by community restrictions you could face fines, reprimands or other penalties that make your holiday much less festive.
Once you understand what restrictions may apply to your holiday lights, you must consider safety. Poorly done light displays can spark devastating fires, and it is critical to inspect all light strands, cords and lighted items to be sure there are no frays, breaks or bare wires. Plugs should work safely, and fuses or circuit breakers should be appropriate for the display. Do not connect too many strands together or overload an outlet with too many plugs. Furthermore, look beyond just the lights for potential safety hazards, such as icy roofs that may be difficult to access while decorating. Use safe, non-damaging methods to attach lights to your home to avoid problems with leaks, pests or other difficulties in other seasons.
Tips to Do Your Holiday Lights Right
The definition of the "right" holiday light display is different for everyone, and everyone has a different idea of what makes a holiday display beautiful and festive. No matter what look you prefer, these tips can give your holiday lights a polished, professional appearance to be enjoyed all season long.
No matter what holiday light display you want to have, doing it right means designing it carefully and assembling it thoughtfully so it will look its best throughout the festive season. If you do that, your holiday lights will bring seasonal cheer to all who see them.