How To Put Up Christmas Lights
As the holidays seasons approach, many people start looking into how to put up Christmas lights. Whether they are put on the exterior of the home to provide a little Christmas spirit for people passing by, or applied indoors to supplement the Christmas tree, there are limitless ways to use these festive decorations. However, along with the many ways in which they can be utilized come various techniques that are meant to ensure the lights for one look nice, and two, do not cause direct injury to anyone putting them up.
Items you will need for putting up Christmas lights.
- Step ladder or ladder depending on indoor or outdoor decorating.
- Desired array of Christmas lights.
- Hammer and nails depending on pre-existing set ups.
- Untangle the lights and test them prior to putting them up. Whether your lights have come newly packaged or you are using a bundle from last year, ensure they are untangled and all of the wires are untwisted. This is important to ensure there is no warping of the wires during application that would otherwise make things difficult.
- Ensure all electrical sockets are in place and conveniently located. Make sure there are plenty of electrical sockets nearby to accommodate the lighting demands. While in fact most outdoor lighting sockets are heavy duty, it is vital that you do not overload them which could cause a fire, or the lights to stop shorten out and stop working.
- For lights that are hanging, ensure the structure they are being put on is secure. Ensure there is a viable place to hang the lights. For the exterior of the home, rows of nails spread about six inches to one foot apart supply an ample support for holiday lighting; indoors, rows of tacks spread six inches apart make a perfect support for hanging lights around windows or archways. If there are no pre-existing structures, then use a hammer and any kind of wood nail to make your own.
- Apply lights as needed securely and with little slack in the wires. While applying Christmas lights on the exterior or interior, ensure they are securely fastened to their structure. Wrap the wires around the nails and reduce slack as much as possible between each area of wire in between nails.