With the arrival of November, decking the halls with holiday lighting inches closer and closer for homeowners and businesses. SavATree, the holiday lighting experts, are here to provide you with 5 helpful holiday lighting tips to ensure your decorating goes smoothly, and safely, this year.
LED (light emitting diodes) and incandescent lights can both create an amazing holiday lighting display. Keep in mind, incandescent lights cost more on average, both in energy and lifespan. LED lights have an average life span of 50,000 hours, while incandescent can only last 1,200 hours. LED lights also use less power, 6-8 watts versus 60 watts.
Strands of holiday lights sit in storage for months on end. Before installation, make sure to test that your lights are fully operational. If the cord is brittle or cracked, make sure to replace them. It’s better to spend money on new lights versus the risk of fire.
It’s important to never overload your electrical outlets with over-the-top displays. Lights should always be connected into a ground fault interrupter outlet, which is used outdoors to help reduce the risk of shock and shortage. Be cautious using multiple extension cords to power-up your display. Too many can lead to circuit overload.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates there were 15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating nationwide during the holidays. Always make sure you have someone watching you while you’re installing lights, especially when using a ladder on a roof or tall tree. Always remember the following:
The holidays are best spent with family and friends, not hanging and repairing Christmas lights. A professional can take care of it all (design and installation), while keeping you safe and warm inside. When hiring a professional installer, make sure you ask the following questions to prevent issues later on:
If all this is too much for you, just call the holiday lighting experts at SavATree for design and installation ideas. Leave the worrying to us, so all you’ll have to do is enjoy the holidays.
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