Hang Your Christmas Lights with Fewer Hassles

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It’s that time of year again – the holiday season.

We may not get any snow in Dallas but that doesn’t mean you can’t go all out with some festive Christmas lights. Here are a few tips to help get you started.

Plan your design

Always start with a plan.  You may be tempted to wing it, but having a design plan in mind will save you time and help your home look spectacular.

Start out by choosing a focal point – the area where you want to draw a viewer’s eye. Next, take into account all the different kinds of surfaces you’ll be putting lights on. Make sure your gutters and shingles are sturdy enough for the kinds of lights you want to use.

Finally, be sure the measure. In particular, you want to know the exact distance from where you want to start your lights to the power source for them. Don’t wind up with a great display that can’t power on!

Stay safe

Don’t be a daredevil this holiday season. Make sure you use a sturdy ladder, and if at all possible have a helper around to hold it steady and assist you with handling any materials.

And don’t skimp on your lights. You don’t have to spend a large amount on them but be sure to only use lights with the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label that are specifically designed for outdoor use. It might seem obvious, but there are plenty of lights that are only meant to be lit indoors.

Remember, an injury is the quickest way to dampen the spirit of the holidays so keep safety in mind as you scale the roof of your home to hang up lights.

Use proper mounts

Christmas light mounting has evolved a lot over the years. Nails, screws, and hooks don’t compare to things like electrical tape and parapet clips. Not only are these options safer for your home and roof, they also offer a sturdier hold on your lights.

Store your lights the right way

Properly storing your lights is a Christmas gift that will keep on giving. After all, is there anything worse than have to detangle a seemingly endless stream of cables. This year, don’t just throw your lights in a box once the holiday season is over. One way to store your lights hassle-free is to wrap them around a clothes hanger.

Call in the pros

If you want the best looking lights on the block, but don’t want to deal with putting them up yourself, call in a professional company like DFW Christmas Lights.

They’ll do all the work while you sit back sipping eggnog.

 

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