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What are the Best Places to Hang Holiday Lights?

Proper installation of holiday lights impacts both aesthetics and safety.

Holiday lights carry cultural, traditional, and emotional significance, bringing a warmth to the season, no matter the weather. While a gorgeous light display can be incredibly charming, selecting the right location and following electrical best practices are essential to ensure a safe and joyous holiday season.

The Best Locations for Holiday Lights

Holiday lights can be mounted almost anywhere, but choosing the right locations is important. Here are some popular and effective places you might hang yours.

Rooflines, Eaves, and Gutters

Outline the edges of your roof with lights to create a bright border. You can even string lights along your home’s eaves and gutters to make it look like a gingerbread house come to life.

Door Frames, Archways, Entryways, and Windows

Provide guests a warm welcome by outlining your front door frame. If your home has an archway or distinctive entryway, consider adorning it with lights to create a stunning focal point. You can also create a warm and inviting glow by wrapping lights around window frames or placing them inside the windows.

Trees, Shrubs, and Hedges

Wrap lights around the greenery in your front yard to create a magical outdoor wonderland. You can use string lights or light nets for this sort of project.

Columns or Pillars

If your home features columns or pillars, wrap them in lights to add a festive sparkle.

Walkways and Driveways

Lining the edges of your walkways or driveway with ground stakes or pathway lights not only adds an elegant holiday touch to your home, but it also provides illumination critical for your safety.

Porches, Balconies, and Terraces

Extend the festive atmosphere to your porch or deck by wrapping lights around the railing. If you have a balcony or terrace, adding lights can create a charming outdoor space for relaxation and entertainment.

Fences and Gates

Extend the festive look to the boundaries of your property by decorating your fence or gate with lights.

Garage Doors

Outline the perimeter of your garage door with lights to create a cohesive and captivating look.

Statues, Ornaments, and Outdoor Furniture

Highlight your outdoor statues or ornaments with spotlights or wrap them in string lights. For an even more inviting atmosphere, consider draping your outdoor furniture with lights, too.

Tips to Light Up Your Holidays Safely

Even the most spectacular light displays must be safe to be effective. Here are some things to keep in mind as you plan your decorations.

Don’t Overload Outlets

Asking too much of your holiday lights can be dangerous. Check the rating for your outlets and extension cords and be sure you don’t plug in more lights than specified.

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Automate Lighting

Consider using a timer or smart plug to automate when the lights turn on and off. This not only saves money but also lowers the risk of overheating and fire.

Don't Decorate Alone

Make decorating a family affair to create memorable moments and ensure everyone stays safe. Have another adult spot you if you’ll be climbing a ladder. If small children will be helping, be sure they stay on the ground and well away from fall or trip hazards. Young kids should avoid handling cords or touching outlets or power strips.

Check Your Ladder Before Use

Ensure your ladder is in good condition and placed on stable ground before climbing. Don’t use your ladder on snowy or icy ground.

Use Gloves and Study Footwear

Protect your hands from the cold by wearing gloves while you set up your lights. You should also wear suitable footwear with good traction.

Use Outdoor-Rated Extension Cords and Timers

Invest in high-quality extension cords and timers or smart plugs designed for outdoor use. Never use indoor-rated equipment outside.

Check for Trip Hazards

Wind, snow rain, or wildlife can displace cords and lights. Regularly inspect your display for potential trip hazards and address them promptly.

Don't Drink and Decorate

Save the holiday spirits for after your light installation tasks are completed. Alcohol and electricity don’t mix!

Let a Pro Illuminate Your Holidays

If you're looking for an expert to help set up your holiday lights, look no further than Thomas Edison Electric. As an award-winning leader in the electrical services industry, we specialize in setting up your outlets and circuits so they’re ready for the holiday displays you have planned. 

We are certified electrical contractors, providing 24/7 emergency repair services in the Philadelphia, Allentown, Reading, and West Chester areas and beyond. Our qualified electricians are standing by to handle your electrical emergencies and make your holidays shine bright. Schedule an appointment today!

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