Adding decorative outdoor lighting to your Bellingham home is a great way to greet guests with style throughout the holiday season. Light strands can make a big impression on the outside of a home, however they can be extremely challenging to install properly as well.
Follow these 5 expert tips provided by our professionals in order to help make your holiday season a safe and beautiful one.
Measure the full distance needed to cover with the lights first to determine how many light strands and clips are needed. For a brighter appearance, place the clips and light strands close together or run multiple strands in the same location.
Often, adjustments will be required in order to match the full distance completely. Measure before installation by using a piece of wood or cardboard to determine any special spacing that is needed between lights.
Test the light strands
Make sure to plug in each individual strand or extension cord in advance of installation. Test all strands and replace any burnt out lights. Burnt bulbs drain power from the strand making the remaining lights dimmer. Carefully inspect all strands for damage or frayed cords and discard any that are questionable or show any signs of visible wear.
Check all connections
Check compatibility between strands to ensure they plug in and fit properly. Plan where the original strand will be plugged in so that they are able to reach the closest power source available safely.
Be sure to only use lights that are intended for outdoor use and that they have the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) labeling. If attempting to install lights on your roof or taller areas such as trees and bushes, make sure to use a sturdy ladder, and always have someone nearby to spot you. Read the manufacturer instructions to find the maximum number of strands that is safe to connect to others.
Never use tacks, nails, screws, or metal staples. Instead, look for insulated hooks to secure your lights properly to avoid any wind damage.
Call the Professionals
Professional outdoor lighting specialists are able to advise which lights should be used, how many, and can install them properly. They arrive on site with all the tools required to get the job done safely following all lighting manufacturer guidelines.
For assistance with expert outdoor lighting in Bellingham and for a free consultation, contact us at (888)435-1212 to see how we can make your holiday season brighter.