We all enjoy the cheery glow of holiday lights, so let’s make the process go smoothly from beginning to end. We’ll teach you how to make it easy to hang, store, and set up holiday lights.
Outdoor Christmas lights that adorn the exterior of your home can be powered in one of two ways: through an outdoor light socket or by home power.
You can supplement these power-supply techniques by employing lights that do not require electricity. Always be mindful of power loads and make sure your home is shielded from the weather while running power outside your home.
Make Use of Any Available External Outlets
Make a note of any existing electrical outlets outside as you prepare to set up your lights. These are the finest locations for plugging in your lights.
You might use a light socket with an adaptor that screws into your porch light fixture if you don’t have any outdoor outlets. It will provide you with two external outlets, and it’s available from any hardware or home improvement store. Just make sure to get one that is suitable for outdoor use.
Run an Extension Cord From Within the House
If there’s no way to charge to connect your Christmas lights outside because there aren’t any outlets, just make use of an extension cord that can withstand a lot of strain. It is possible to run an exterior grade extension wire from inside your home through a window or from the garage if there are no electrical outlets or a porch light.
Heavy-duty extension cables can handle the necessary quantity of electricity to travel great distances easily than conventional extension cords.
Some extension cords are designed exclusively for outdoor lighting and come with various sockets and waterproof plugs.
To preserve the lighting fixture from the elements, use duct tape to cover any missing sections of the outside. To make the outlet accessible to the extension cord, you may need to remove a glass panel from the covering of your outside light fixture. To protect the extension cord from the elements, wrap it in duct tape.
You could also combine a waterproof power stake with a heavy-duty outdoor extension cord. Photocells and timers are integrated into some of these, allowing them to turn on your decorations when it becomes dark and turn them off at a time you specify. Other power stakes feature built-in speakers and play music.
Ok, so now that we have covered how to power your Christmas lights, let’s talk about how to install them.
First Things First, Take Proper Measurements Before You Buy Them
Determine how many feet you’ll need before loading your shopping basket with boxes and boxes of Christmas lights. Measure swirling spots, such as front porch columns with thread to account for every spot you wish to illuminate. Remember to check the distance between your grounded outside outlet and prepare accordingly.
Draw A Diagram
Make a schematic illustrating your measurements to help you recall your plans whenever it’s time to hang the lights. Use this equation to figure out how much material you’ll need: The number of lights required is 6 times the distance. This method works with 6-inch spacing strands, which we recommend for a fuller look.
Purchase Socket Lines In Bulk
Purchasing bulk socket lines online rather than stringing together conventional lights will save you money and allow you to customize your lights to a degree that would otherwise be impossible. Bulk lines are easily cut to length with wire cutters, and you can use vampire plugs to produce the male and female ends, and simply screw the bulbs in.
Choose from the C7 and C9 bulk socket lines, or get a mix, but be sure to have a variety of bulb sizes in the same color temperature. Label all of your lines with transparent tape as you cut and assemble them to make future installation easier. Most importantly, before you go to the trouble of hanging your lines, make sure you test them.
Putting Holiday Lights to the Test
There is a way to test and repair the complete string of holiday lights without having to test each bulb separately. Take a look at LightKeeper Pro.
With a few squeezes of the trigger, it will diagnose and often fix most faults in small and icicle light sets (but not sets of larger lights or LED lights).
Be Careful Not To Overload The Circuits
Circuits have a limit to their capacity. It’s a fire hazard to exceed that limit. To properly hang your outdoor lights, follow these steps:
- Multiple power strips should not be plugged into the same outlet, nor should one power strip be plugged into another.
- Don’t connect two extension cords together.
- Check that the extension cord or power strip can handle the total amps of the light strings.
- Do not connect your Christmas lights to the same circuit as a big device such as a clothes dryer or a space heater.
You’ll notice a circuit is overloaded if:
- You’ve managed to blow a fuse.
- The lights begin to flicker.
- Warmth emanates from the wires or wall plates.
- If you notice any cracking or sizzling sounds.
Before you hang your lights, it’s always a good idea to brush up on the fundamentals of electrical safety.
Hanging The Lights
It’s time to put up some lights! Working from the top down is the best method to achieve a fully lighted look. First and foremost, safety: Before mounting the ladder, have someone spot you and hold the ladder securely to prevent it from shifting.
Use universal clips to secure lights under shingles and onto gutters on roof lines. Hot glue will hold the lights in place in more tough situations, such as cement and brick chimneys.
This method also works on metal surfaces; just use painter’s tape to hold the lines in place until the hot glue sets. Wrap lights and greenery together where appropriate for a double dose of Christmas happiness. Finally, use zip ties to hold garland and electrical wires so they don’t stray or fall.
Other Ways To Light Up Your House For Christmas
Think About Solar Energy
Solar electricity can be used to make hanging Christmas lights that do not require an outdoor light socket outlet sustainable. It’s a terrific alternative, especially since there are so many solar-powered Christmas lights on the market.
These solar-powered LED Christmas lights come in a variety of designs. Traditional gumdrop styles, stars, snowflakes, water drops, and rope lights are among them. Some of these lights can even connect to Bluetooth and turn on and off as needed.
Purchase A Battery Pack
Another option is to power your LED Christmas lights with batteries. Some string lights even come with a power pack that can be used with two AA batteries or a 12V battery. Adapters are also available. For power, use a regular three-prong cord to connect your lights to the battery pack.
Just make sure the lights are LED. LEDs use a lot less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs, so you’ll receive hours of mood-boosting light instead of minutes from a battery.
Controlling The Outdoor Light Is Simple
We all enjoy the cheery glow of holiday lights outdoors, but walking out in the cold to plug them in and unhook them is a hassle. You may control them from inside your house or automobile by using an exterior remote control switch.
These low-cost devices are available in home centers or online. Simply put the switch into any door outlet and control it with the little transmitter.
Time To Store The Lights
When it’s time to store the Christmas lights you can roll them around onto a portable hose reel with wheels and a handle to keep them from becoming tangled and to make stringing them next year easier.
There are several methods you can use to power your outside Christmas lights even if you don’t have access to an outlet. Any portion of your home, including the porch, garden, pool area, and backyard, can be made to look wonderful.
All you’ll need are the correct equipment and some fresh ideas. Then you may gracefully liven up your home and enjoy the Christmas season.
We wish you a safe and happy holiday season!