The holiday season is marked by impressive and beautiful holiday light displays. While holiday lighting is a fun and festive way to decorate your home for the holidays, it can be dangerous if not done right. Here are a few holiday lighting safety tips to help you safely beautify your home for the holidays.
Before you start hanging up your holiday lights, make sure you do a full inspection. Check your lights for any damage or vulnerabilities, like frayed wires, missing bulbs, or signs of wear and tear. If you find any lights that are older than five years old, then it’s time to replace them. Every year, holiday lights become safer, brighter, and more efficient. Keep yourself safe by ensuring you’re using the most up to date holiday lights available.
Here is one of the most important holiday lighting safety tips: never sacrifice safety for cost. The only lights you should be buying and using are lights that have been rated and tested by the Underwriter’s Laboratory. These lights are easily spotted as they will have a large “UL” on the holiday lights that passed all safety tests.
An essential holiday lighting safety tip is to make sure you are always using the right lights. If you’re hanging lights inside, then use indoor lights. If you’re hanging lights outside, then only use outdoor holiday lights. There are some major differences between these two types of lights. Outdoor holiday lights are tougher than indoor lights, made to take on the outdoor elements. They have heavier gauge wires with better insulation, including an ultraviolet light inhibitor to protect the wires from hours of direct sunlight. Outdoor holiday lights are sealed to protect from moisture, keeping your lights bright and beautiful throughout the holiday season.
If you’re looking to buy new holiday lights this year, invest in LED. These beautiful holiday lights are bright, safe, and extremely efficient. Not only do they produce less heat than conventional lights, but they also use 75% less energy. LED holiday lights will last up to 25 times longer than conventional lights too. The benefits of switching to LED holiday lights are never-ending.
Every year, people are injured while hanging their holiday lights. This usually happens when someone falls off their ladder or roof. Always make sure you have someone with you when you’re hanging up your holiday lights and be careful while you’re up there. Watch for icy spots and never overreach. When in doubt, climb down and move the ladder. It’s also important to ensure your holiday lights are properly secured. Use holiday light hooks or clips to keep your lights hanging throughout the wind and snow of winter. Never use nails, tacks, or staples to secure your holiday lights. Sharp metal objects and electricity never go together.
Once your lights are safely hung and secured, it’s time to plug them in and enjoy the show. Before you plug your holiday lights in, make sure you are using the right extension cords for the job. If the lights are outside, then use an outdoor extension cord. Make sure it’s long enough and that they are rated to handle the power from your lights. Check the output of your holiday lights and make sure your extension cords can safely manage this. A general rule of thumb is to plug in no more than 3 strands of conventional lights. For LED lights, you can go up to five or six strands.
Leaving your holiday lights unattended is a recipe for disaster. That being said, people love to leave their lights on at night and don’t necessarily want to trudge outside at the end of the night to turn them off before bed. The best answer for this is to use a timer. Using a timer for your holiday lights will allow you to set the schedule and rest assured that the lights will automatically turn themselves on and off.
After the holiday season is over, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor lighting for the rest of the year. Here at Images Landscaping, we have exterior lighting solutions to help showcase the best parts of your home and property. Increase the curb appeal and safety around your home by calling the pros at Images Landscaping today.
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