Holiday lights are a festive way to decorate your home and spruce up your Christmas tree, but taking hours to untangle all of the strands only to find that an entire string of lights doesn’t turn on can be more than frustrating. These tips can help you make the most of your festive lights and avoid the irritation as much as possible:
Instead of simply estimating how many lights you’ll need to decorate your home, take measurements so you don’t end up with too many or too few strands. When you know exactly what you need, you won’t have to run out to get more lights at the last minute.
Put them away properly
Save yourself the time consuming process of untangling your lights next year by stringing them around old wrapping paper tubes. You can also store lights inside labeled plastic bags. This organization option makes it easy to determine which lights go where. After all, you might use different lights on your Christmas tree than you use for decorating the bushes outside.
The number of ways you can use holiday lights in your home is endless.
- String them across your mantel with a collection of holiday cards to illuminate the festive sentiments or wrap some lights around garland and drape it over your cabinets.
- Surround each bulb with a small paper cup to create a dimming effect.
- For your holiday centerpiece, fill old wine bottles with stringed lights for a warm way to welcome your guests to the table.
- Tie tulle into bows around your lights to produce a romantic vibe.
- Wrap lights around rope – perfect for creating a beachy feel.
Decorating with lights doesn’t have to be a daunting task – coming up with different ways to use them each year can turn the duty into a fun holiday tradition.
Opt for LED lights
By purchasing LED lights, you won’t be using up as much energy, and your lights will actually last longer and shine brighter. The LED variety do cost a bit more than the standard stringed lights, but they pay for themselves in no time.
Shut them off
Leaving your lights on all the time is certainly festive, but you might not enjoy the look of your energy bill at the end of the month. Remember to shut them off before going to bed, or use light timers so you don’t have to think about unplugging them each night.
Clip lights into place
Pick up some sturdy plastic clips, which can be found at your local grocery store, and use them to hold your lights in place. These clips can come in handy when you’re attaching lights to roofs and gutters.
Don’t use indoor lights outdoors
Indoor lights are labeled as such for a reason – they come equipped with thinner insulation, which can cause them to crack or break when exposed to the elements. When you’re buying lights for the exterior of your home, make sure you see “outdoor” on the box.