Get a Jump on Holiday Decorating
For many, Thanksgiving represents the beginning of the holiday season - which means it’s time to get started on the decorations. After all, there’s nothing wrong with getting to work on a dazzling light display while there’s still leftover turkey and pumpkin pie in the fridge! Besides, with the stores putting out the Christmas decorations and candies almost as soon as Halloween has come and gone, there’s no use putting it off. So to help homeowners get a head start on their epic holiday decorations this year, here are a few tips to make it as safe, efficient, and spectacular as possible.
Pick the Perfect Decorations
The first step to turning the front yard into a winter wonderland is to find the right lights and decorations. Fortunately, these days, there’s a vast range of styles to choose from. There are always the retro-style colored lights with large bulbs, newer trends like icicle lights, net lights for shrubs and trees, and pathway marker lights to illuminate walkways.
Other popular holiday decorations include projectors that display moving light patterns on walls, inflatable figures like snowmen and reindeer illuminated from within, and flashing holiday lights programmed to synchronize with an accompanying soundtrack. Alternatively, simple white string lights, a bit of garland, and a few wreaths can give any home an elegant yet festive look.
Don’t Forget About Electrical Safety!
No matter the style or scale of the holiday display, it’s imperative to ensure that all electrical decorations are employed safely. Firstly, it’s a good idea to inspect electrical decorations for missing or damaged bulbs, exposed wires, or loose connections. No more than three sections of string lights should ever be plugged into one another (unless the manufacturer recommends otherwise).
Further, any decorations intended for use outside should be rated for outdoor use and should only be plugged into a GFCI-protected outlet. It’s also important to avoid overloading outlets or power strips. Homeowners should also avoid running power cords through areas that might get tripped over, pinched, or damaged. And when hanging lights, it’s best to use plastic clips or adhesives, rather than nails or staples, to avoid damaging wires. Following these basic rules can help prevent electrical fires and tripped breakers.
Go Green for the Holidays
Bringing festive cheer to the neighborhood doesn’t have to mean spending a fortune on electricity. These days, there are ways to make even the most extravagant light display as sustainable as possible. For one thing, lights should always be put on a timer to avoid leaving them on 24/7 - even a few hours of being left on in the daytime can take a toll on the utility bill.
The type of lights used also makes an enormous difference. Homeowners should consider upgrading to LED holiday lights if they haven’t already. LED bulbs consume around 90% less energy than older filament bulbs - and as a bonus, they also don’t get nearly as hot! There are even solar-powered string lights on the market to make the home’s light display even more eco-friendly.
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