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Holidays! That time of the year is coming upon when fireplaces are
donned with fancy red stockings, presents are wrapped in excited
secrecy, and neighborhoods come alive with outdoor Christmas lighting.
Many homeowners will be competing this season for the cutest and
best choice of outdoor Christmas lighting on the block!
As with many traditions, outdoor Christmas lighting has a history
reaching far back into more than just one culture. The concept originated
with lighting midwinter fires in places like ancient Scandinavia.
Whole trees were lit on fire during the Yuletide festival. Sometimes
a wheel was also set on fire and sent rolling down a hill, representing
the journey of the sun!
Gradually the custom evolved from fire to small pinpoints of light.
The first Christmas trees, developed in Germany, were lit with candles
attached to the branches. Modern day incandescent bulbs have now
replaced candles, and are laid out on both interior and exterior
surfaces for a festive glimmer.
When it comes to the electric outdoor Christmas lighting craze,
the tradition is purely American and has only in recent years spread
to other countries. We seem to be fascinated with installing gorgeous
outdoor Christmas lighting on our homes, businesses, stores and
any other facilities near a power source! Outdoor Christmas lighting
is such a popular tradition that stores compete with each other
every year for the cheapest prices, making it convenient and relatively
inexpensive for consumers!
The more experience you have had with outdoor Christmas lighting,
the more you probably know about safety and decorative tips. Decorating
the exterior of your home and your landscaping takes time and effort,
but the end result is definitely something to be proud of! Here
are the basic guidelines that anyone dabbling with outdoor Christmas
lighting should know:
- Always use extension cords and lights that
are specifically made to withstand exterior conditions! Every
product’s label should contain an indication of indoor or
- Always use a UL-approved adapter plug for
three-pronged male plugs that need to fit into a two-prong outlet.
- Spotlights are a great idea for illuminating
Christmas decorations! Just use an approved lamp holder to contain
the bulb. Spotlights meant for this purpose will have a gasket
for sealing the bulb in the socket, and maybe even metal or plastic
prongs to hold it securely to the ground.
- Mini lights are less of a fire hazard than
large C-7 or C-9 bulbs.
- Most of the time with outdoor Christmas lighting,
you’ll be connecting a few strings together. Wrap electrical
tape around any connections.
And remember to enjoy the season! Outdoor Christmas lighting is
simply a technical and engineered representation of the Christmas
spirit. Along with the glow emanating from your front yard, remember
to smile and put a glow in someone’s heart!
With Rope Lights
Decorating with rope lights is easy and rewarding; the possibilities
abound for both indoor and outdoor accent lighting!
Outdoor Christmas Lights
With all the expenses that the holiday season brings, sales and
reduced prices are always a good thing!
History of Christmas Lights
The history of the creation and use of Christmas lights is one that
sparks interest in many people every year.