Guide to Christmas Lights

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text c_id=”.vc_1450547265928″ css=”.vc_custom_1450547265928{padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Holiday decoration displays are an enormous part of modern winter culture – so much so that many private homeowners and businesses have begun to hire professionals to decorate for them. While this is certainly an option, not everyone has the disposable income for it. DIY decorating is less expensive, can involve the entire family, and, let’s face it, is far more fun!

Color Coordination for a Professional Look

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Professionals certainly don’t have the corner on fashionable decorating, particularly around the holidays. Bright white LEDs are highly popular this year, making lighting displays crisp and eye-catching. Blue lights are also en vogue for modern displays, both by themselves and in combination with other LED colors. Unless you’re going for an old fashioned, complete rainbow of lighting though, stick to a single pair of coordinating colors. Blue and purple, red and green, and lighter green and pink are all great combinations that are getting a lot of use this winter. Warm yellow light strings are popular for more traditional holiday decorating scenes, as well.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text c_id=”.vc_1450547462584″ css=”.vc_custom_1450547462584{margin-top: 0px !important;}”]

Alternative Outdoor Lighting

[/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”3″ item=”mediaGrid_Default” grid_id=”vc_gid:1450546647169-3af99fba-8e25-4″ include=”4850,4853,4854,4855″][vc_column_text c_id=”.vc_1450546963980″ css=”.vc_custom_1450546963979{margin-top: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;}”]Light strings are far from the only decorating choices that many people go with. Every year, new gadgets and ornaments for lawn lighting displays surface. One new gadget involves a simple machine that projects enormous sprays of light onto houses and trees without making hanging strings of Christmas lights necessary. Icicle light s strings have been popular for years, but more recently, much longer curtains of them are available. Multiple functions make it appear as if they ‘drip’ with light. There is also a trend of large, reflective ornaments – such as snowflakes and round ball shapes – that hang from trees and shatter any light directed on them across the yard, allowing a more spontaneous show.

It might not be the fun part of holiday decorating, but proper light hanging techniques are important for both the integrity of a display as well as the decorator’s safety. Never climb up before untangling a light string; untangle and ensure a working string before you get off the ground. Also consider wrapping individual strings around spools or a simple piece of cardboard to make it quicker and easier to decorate. Never use staples when hanging any variety of decoration. Traditional cup hooks have to be screwed in, but they are far safer. Some companies have come out with sundries making even cup hooks a thing of the past – look for stick-on, removable hooks made specifically for anchoring Christmas lights and other ornaments securely outdoors. They can be easily removed when the holidays are over.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Anne-Marie Grantham

Anne-Marie Grantham

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