6 tips to get your Christmas lights right

It’s the most magical time of the year, and for many people nothing says jolly quite like decking out the place with Christmas lights. These tips will help you crank up the Clark Griswold charm at your place this holiday season.

1. Testing 1,2,3

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 to prevent tangles next year, considering wrapping your string lights around a piece of cardboard or something similar.

2. Plan out your design

Will you opt for a classing winter wonderland or an Aussie Christmas theme? Is simple gold and silver your jam or are you all about loads of colourful globes? Working out your style, as well as what lights go where, is half the fun of decorating.

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 highlight certain features of the display and throughout your garden. If you’re stuck for ideas, Pinterest is always a great place to go for inspo.

3. Out with the old, in with the new

Consider making the swap to LED lights. LEDs use up to 90 percent less energy than their older, incandescent bulb cousins. Given that Christmas lights are usually left on overnight, this can mean big savings. There’s no need to lose out on any of the festive cheer either, nowadays there are plenty of LED lighting options available.

4. 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 a popular choice because they charge throughout the day and then shine through the night. Although they can be a little pricier than regular LED lights, they can last up to 6 hours with around 8 to 10 hours of solar charge. Plenty of time to impress your neighbours.

5. Mind your step

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 ask 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’s also important to doublecheck that your lights are fit for purpose, for example, indoor and outdoor use.

6. Pay it forward

Put all of your hard work and effort to good use by taking donations for your lights. Make-A-Wish has 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 raise funds for such a worthy cause.

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