Easy Directions for Stringing Christmas Lights!

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Putting up Christmas lights is, at the very least, a challenging, frustrating, and time-consuming task. Most people have strong feelings either for or against putting up Christmas lights. It appears that there is little room for compromise on this issue. Having a string of lights suddenly stop working when you’re halfway through decorating in 20-degree cold, snow, and impatient children is about as frustrating as it sounds. Certainly not very much! If you can’t tolerate hanging Christmas lights, I hope these hints may make the process easier, faster, and maybe even pleasurable.

Game One: The Preseason

Putting the Christmas lights away neatly is the first step towards installing them, even though that won’t help until next year. It’s incredible how much time you can save by simply taking a few minutes at the end of each light string to wrap it like a hose or electrical cord. And you’ll gain back unimaginable amounts of time. For instance, you won’t have to wonder how the heck even the best cat’s cradle player could ever get a string of lights so twisted that they’d have to give up after a few minutes. Many light strands have been discarded because I lacked the patience to figure out how to untangle them.

Construct an Attack Strategy

Second, decide on a decorative theme before hauling anything from the home or garage into the yard. If you think about what you want beforehand, you can create a more impressive presentation. Keep a consistent theme with your decorations; a Santa lounging in a hammock beside a giant inflatable snowman doesn’t work. In addition to sticking to the same basic concept, I would suggest maintaining a uniform scale. Including an eight-foot snowman and Santa Claus in your Christmas light display is a good idea. The youngsters in the neighborhood might confuse your eight-foot snowman for the abominable snowman if you also display a four-foot, Santa Claus.

It’s also important to be cautious when combining white lights with colored ones. Please consider the available area before purchasing decorative items. Think twice before putting up your 15th inflatable lawn ornament in your 10×20 front yard. It’s important to remember that blow-ups will require constant attention during winter to remove snow and ice. Keep that in mind as you decide how many inflatable decorations to buy.

If you’re decorating the edges of your driveway or path, using the same design throughout looks best. You shouldn’t, for instance, alternate between candy canes and penguins and snowmen and candy canes down a walkway.

3. Inspect Your Equipment

Third, before decorating, I recommend double-checking your Christmas light installation. Ensure every light string works, that every inflatable does inflate, that you have outdoor extension cords, that you have gutter or shingle clips, that the outlet you intend to use genuinely works, and that you are aware of the amperage it can handle. Make sure you have more extension cords than you think you’ll need. If you don’t want the extra activity, this will save you from making two or three journeys to the store while putting up your Christmas lights.

Know your electrical setup and amperage needs; this has been said before, but it bears repeating. Consult an electrician if you are unsure. You can’t overlook this fact. Okay, I’m going to get off my high horse now. You shouldn’t continually exceed 80% of the total amps if you use a 15-amp fuse to power your lights. If your fuse is 15 amps and you’re running Christmas lights, you shouldn’t exceed 12 amps. Remember that just because there are two plugs does not mean they are on separate fuses. Be sure to check your box because each strand of light is unique. The current best-sellers are. Four amps per strand, with LED lights using around half that.

Step 4: Enjoy Yourself

The final advice for putting up Christmas lights is to enjoy yourself. Do not attempt this after a particularly trying or stressful day at work. Always anticipate that it will take more time. If possible, schedule the installation of your Christmas lights for a day when you will not have any other essential obligations. It would be best to have electrical tape to seal off any exposed connections or ends. It’s a simple measure that can make you feel more at ease and safeguard your equipment from the weather.

I hope this makes setting up your Christmas lights less of a hassle. If you’re still not up for the challenge, you may have your Christmas lights installed by a professional at

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