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three years after Edison invented the electric light bulb, Christmas
lights were developed and hung in the home of one of his colleagues.
They were red, white and blue lights, strung around a rotating Christmas
tree. And ever since then, we have all grown to associate the holiday
season with plenty of festive lighting and decoration.
Business offices, stores, and especially homes come to life during
the month of December, twinkling in all hues of colorful outdoor
Christmas lights, from clear and white to blue, red and green!
Not surprisingly, the first neighborhood competitions were introduced
by General Electric and other Edison Electric distribution companies.
They sponsored several communities to enter into “decorating
with color” contests in order to promote outdoor Christmas
lights. Now holiday decorating has developed into a beloved tradition:
a symbol of creativity and artistic status for homeowners. The important
question persists-- who has the prettiest and most impressive outdoor
Christmas lights on the block?
In the beginning, it was a simple task to find suitable outdoor
Christmas lights, since the available options were rather limited.
Just pick up a set of big-bulb, multi-colored lights, and you were
good to go! Nowadays, it’s amazing how many different types
there are to choose from: single string Christmas lights, icicle
lights, blinking lights, mini lights, colored or clear, LED or C7…
and the list grows each year as manufacturers find new ways to create
a festive glow around your home.
The increasing complication of setting up outdoor Christmas lights
has inspired a growing field of professional decorators. People
are now hiring specialists to do the whole job of designing and
installing their outdoor Christmas lights! It’s a growing
trend among those who have the money and are concerned with both
safety and appearance.
But for those of us who are still climbing up on the roof and tackling
the task ourselves, there are some very important things to keep
Safety and Conservation Issues:
- Before you set up last year’s set of
outdoor Christmas lights, always inspect each string for damage
and burned out bulbs. Plug each string individually into a light
socket to see if all the bulbs are working correctly. Change all
burnout bulbs, and make sure each bulb is firmly fastened in its
- Make sure you always use the appropriate cord
and socket for outdoor use!! Household extension cords should
NEVER be used for outdoor Christmas lights; it’s important
to invest in multi-plug light stakes, appropriate for your yard.
- Always read the package of your outdoor Christmas
lights, to find out how the maximum amount of strings that can
be attached together. Usually, the most is three. Do not ignore
this advice! You may end up with melted cords, burning bushes,
and even worse—a full out fire.
- Don’t ever use a string of lights without
the Underwriter's Laboratories (UL) seal of approval. This is
the standard for safe outdoor Christmas lights. Just one bad string,
and you are jeopardizing the safety of your home and the people
living in it.
- Check out LED holiday bulbs. They are currently
available in red, green and yellow. The benefit is that they’re
shatterproof, shock resistant, and completely safe to touch—no
accidental burns on Baby’s hands!
- You don’t want your yard or house looking
tacky! Outdoor extension cords should match the area of intended
use. For example, use brown cords for the trunk of a tree, green
for bushes and evergreens.
- The “nets” developed for bushes,
tree trunks, and other surfaces are a fantastic way to evenly
distribute the bright twinkles. They look professional and absolutely
- Rather than trying to cover your whole
house in the few strands of outdoor Christmas lights that you
have, concentrate instead on one or two areas of light. This is
a better technique that you’ll be able to appreciate once
everything is set up, and you take a step back to gaze on your
to Hang Icicle Lights
When you first take your icicle lights out of the box, you should
begin hanging them.
To Mount Rope Lights
Before installing them, choose where you want your rope lights to
LED rope lights make great decorations during the holidays but they
look just a good any time of year.