Countless people get nervous when they begin to think about installing their Christmas lights for the season. It’s often a task that’s left as late as possible, and when the weather is getting colder and wetter each day. It doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are a few tips coming from an installation expert, who has his own Christmas light installation business based in Phoenix, AZ.
If you decide to staple your lights to your house, use a wire tacker instead of a standard stapler. Normal staples will cut the protective coating, possibly damaging the wires, and increase chances of a short circuit. Wire tacker staples are often u-shaped and leave a little room for the wire cable, ensuring your wires remain in good condition. Staple the wire about 1″ from each side of the light. This will ensure it stands out straight and all the lights look the same, providing a much neater look when the job is done.
When you string your lights along the roof, go a few feet around the sides of the building. This gives a much cleaner look.
If you prefer not to leave staple marks in your home, use non-invasive clips. They’re simple, cheap, and clip lights onto gutters or beneath shingles quickly and easily. You’ll need one for each light bulb.
When hanging lights, don’t staple or hang them pointing up if at all possible. Water will get in, possibly shorting the light. Point them outward or down instead.
Use electrical tape to seal the male/female plugs together between each strand. This will keep water out and ensure your lights stay bright throughout the season.
When hanging lights on trees, use a quality painting pole with a hook attached to the end. I bought a small disposable paint roller that screws on to the end of the pole. I cut the roller off, then bent the wire into a “V”. It works perfectly. I tried using actual “Christmas light hanging sticks” sold in stores, but they are very cheaply made, bend or break easily, and when the pole gets wet, don’t lock in an extended position.
Wrapping trunks with mini-light can look amazing, especially with about a 4″ spacing, but takes a lot of lights. When you do this, wrap your strands in a ball, then pass it around the trunk to yourself, slowly unraveling is as you go.
Working with ladders can be dangerous. I’ve heard a lot of horror stories, especially around Christmas time. I follow this simple, but effective rule and it’s saved my life countless times: “If you’re even thinking about falling when doing a job, DON’T DO IT!” It’s not worth it just to hang some lights. The holidays is about being with family, not making your house stand out the most on the block.
And if you’re still nervous or don’t have the time to hang your own lights – call a professional Christmas light installation Phoenix, AZ. They do it faster, safer, and the job will look better too.