By Maria Bargellini of DFW Christmas Lights
For Part I of this article please click here.
Ready to put up your lights—Stop! There are a few thing to do first. Read on for some more FYI.
#3 Test your lights
- Roll out and connect your lights sets.
- Turn sets off to make any repairs or replacements.
- Replace any burned out bulbs or fuses while you’re on the ground when it’s convenient.
- Keep a look out for bulbs that are very very bright. This is a sign that they will soon go out. Better safe than sorry.
- Do not–I repeat, DO NOT install the lights while they are on. They will burn out a lot faster by being shaken and moved when they are hot.
#4 Hang your lights
OK now for the hard stuff. So you got your ladder and your spotter–hopefully it’s someone who loves you and will do more than just laugh at you as you plummet to the earth. Most homes will have either shingles or gutters. For this there’s the wonderful All-in-One clip. This is a universal clip that you can use to attach the lights to both your gutters and your shingles. If you are adding lights to your fascia or any painted surface you will probably need to use staples. Here’s a few tips.
- Use gloves. I don’t care where you get your lights from–they all contain lead. Wear your gloves and for the love of God do not put any material in your mouth or allow your kiddies to munch on wire and such.
- Wear an apron to hold tools and material–not your grilling one–as it is too long. You want to make sure your legs are not impeded
- Take extra material like clips, glue, tape, staples etc. in your apron. You don’t want to spend all day up and down a ladder–the Cowboys might be actually winning later.
- Buy staples that are rounded as they will do better to protect the wire
- DO NOT staple the wire! This makes it really hard to trouble shoot. Make sure the wire is clear.
- Yes glue will peel the paint off and yes your spouse will notice.
#4 Go Green
- Recycle old lights
- Change to lower wattage bulbs: Most bulbs are 7 watts but there are 5 watts available also
- Upgrade to LED lights. With the colors available out on the market coupled with the energy saving you’d be hard pressed to find a reason why you shouldn’t.
- Live on the wild side and add a little color.
The information contained in this article has been created for informational purposes only as a general guide. Consult a professional for your specific needs.
DFW Christmas Lights and The Outdoor Lighting Expert are owned and operated by Dallas Curb Appeal Inc. , a fulls service landscape contractor.