How to Make Your Outdoor Christmas Lights Dazzle This Festive Season
Are you looking to create a Winter Wonderland with a spectacular display of outdoor Christmas lights this year? If so, we have compiled some expert tips on how best to make those outdoor Christmas lights dazzle this festive season.
1. Start Small
If you're a Christmas lights novice, light just two or three items, such as trees or bushes, to serve as focal points. Then try add new displays each year.
2. Check your Lights
Test light strings and replace any burned-out lights before decking the outdoor halls. Burned-out lights drain power from the entire light string, and the other bulbs will grow dimmer.
3. Know your Lights
There are Christmas lights available for every nook and cranny of your house. Whether you want blinking rope lights outlining windows or net lights blanketing bushes, there are lights available for you, speak to the experts in store and become an expert yourself
4. No nails, staples or screws
Try and avoid old-fashioned nails, staples, screws, or metal hooks when mounting your display. Electrical tape is a quick and easy alternative -- it won't destroy your roof, and it's a good tool for protecting electrical connections. Clips and gutter hooks can hold your lights to surfaces by applying simple, safe pressure.
5. Be Safe & Enlist a helper
Enlist a helper to keep you steady as you hang lights in high places and always use a sturdy ladder. Try attach lights to branches with tree clips or twist ties. If you feel you cannot do certain areas such as a roof, call in an expert or just leave this area all together, always put safety first.
6. Trees -Work From Bottom Up
To string trunks of deciduous trees, start at the base and wrap the lights around in a spiral. If you want to illuminate an evergreen, however, start at the top and zigzag lights through the centre of the tree, getting wider with the tree's shape.
7. Add Some Dimension
Consider ground and stake lighting for that little bit extra effect. Multicoloured lights work well for paths and driveways.
8. Try Avoid bright light overload.
Christmas lights can be dazzling and fun, but be careful not to overload your circuits.
9. Look for inspiration in unexpected places
Perhaps a birdbath or decorative porch walls would look pretty with a little extra light. For hard-to-reach spots, or any place you don't want to use electricity, try battery-operated mini lights.
10. Always Turn Off Lights
Always Turn off your outdoor Christmas lights before going to bed, and don't leave them on when you're away from home, unless they're attached to a timer.