As we now enter December, it is certainly the season for Christmas lights. Among all the other handyman tasks that the Honey Do Service, Inc. is capable of, we can also install your Christmas lights. Time (and peace of mind) is at a premium this time of year, so if you’ve run out of time or energy to do it yourself, call the Honey Do Service! If you decide to do it yourself, here are a few tips for installing them:
Make an Overall Plan
Take a step back from your property and formulate an overall vision for what you want to see. Where do you want lights? What areas do you want to avoid? Where are your power outlets. Many factors will form your installation plan. Where your power sources are is a major component, so be sure to keep that in mind. You can safely connect 3 to 6 strands of incandescent bulbs and up to 25 strands of LED bulbs, so keep that in mind as well. Measure as best you can the areas where you want to apply your lights. A good rule of thumb for trees and shrubs is 100 lights per foot and a half of tree or shrub that you’d like to cover. Once you have your measurements, you will have an idea of how many lights/strands that you’ll need.
Collect and Prepare Your Lights
Gather your lights and take a look at the full length of every strand. Inspect all strands for fraying or damage. If you find any damage, discard that particular strand – it’s not worth the risk. While you have all your lights laid out, plug them in and test them. It’s better to discover problems now rather than later. Organize your lights according to where you will be installing them. Collect a sufficient number of light clips. If you haven’t used them before, they are plastic clips that can be found at most major retailers. They are versatile, convenient and will make your job much easier than before.
Hang Your Lights
Now you’re ready to get to work. Having a helper on the ground will make your ladder work much more safe and easier.
Attach a Timer
Avoid unnecessary risk and attach a timer to your to your lights. This way you can rest easy and save some electricity too!
Turn the Lights On
The final step. Turn on your lights and enjoy the season!
If you can’t seem to get started or get frustrated along the way, call your local Honey Do Service and schedule a craftsman to come out and take care of it for you!