6 tips to get your Christmas lights right

It’s that time of the year again. We’ve got some handy tips to help you untangle those lights and decorate your home this holiday season. 

Tips to get your Christmas lights right

Christmas is the perfect time to make your home dazzle with colour, cheer and of course beautiful Christmas lights. To help you kick off your festive season we’ve got three tips to make decorating with lights simpler.

1. Test your lights

No use getting those Christmas lights up to find they don’t work. So test them first. Stretch them out, switch them on, and make sure all the bulbs are working. It’s much easier to replace a bulb when your lights are on the floor. 

To help with packing and prevent tangles next year, considering wrapping them around a piece of cardboard or something similar.

2. Map out a plan

It pays to plan ahead. Working out what lights go where can be half the fun. Some general tips are to use warm white lights as the foundation for your display. These can be used to accent the various edges of your house particularly around the gables. Coloured lights can then be used to accent certain features of the display and through-out your garden.

3. Switch to LEDs

LED Christmas lights use up to 90% less energy than their older, incandescent bulb cousins. Given that Christmas lights are often left on overnight, this can result in significant savings.

There’s a great range of LED lights available now in a range of different colours and sizes.

4. Save electricty and switch to solar

Your Christmas lights don’t need to spike your energy bill, why not try a solar powered option? Solar powered lights are becoming a popular choice, they charge through the day and then shine at night. Although they can be a little more pricey to buy than regular LED lights, they can last up to six hours with around eight to 10 hours of solar charge. Plenty of time to impress your neighbours.

5. Stay safe on that ladder

Safety first when it comes to decorating your home! It may sound obvious, but If you’re putting Christmas lights up high, use a sturdy ladder and consider asking for some help. If you’re heading up on the roof, consider investing in a safety strap in case you slip on tiles. And always wear shoes with grip and avoid decorating in wet conditions.

It might be obvious, but always double check your lights are fit for purpose, for example, indoor and outdoor use.

6. Collect donations 

Put all of your hard work and effort to good use by taking donations for your lights. Make-A-Wish have been associated with Christmas lights for a number of years now. As the recognition of the value of Make-A-Wish’s work increases, the demand at Christmas time for wishes is also increasing. It’s a great time of year to generate funds for such a worthy cause. https://www.makeawish.org.au/christmaslights

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