How To Set Up Christmas Lights Outdoors
It's that time of year when the Christmas lights go up, and everyone gets into the holiday spirit! However, learning how to set up Christmas lights outdoors can be challenging if you’re unsure where to start. This guide will teach you how to choose the best type of Christmas lights for your needs and safely hang and secure them to create your winter wonderland!
Choosing the right Christmas lights for your home
With so many lights to choose from, you must first consider the type of display you’re planning to create. For starters, you can try stringing pathway lights to light up the driveway or combine cheerful multicoloured bulbs. Choose from various Christmas lights, including:
- LED solar lights — An environmentally friendly and cost-effective option, LED solar lights can charge up during the day through the power of the sun and light up your home at night with fun, flashing effects to really get into the holiday spirit.
- LED fairy lights — Your most versatile option, LED fairy lights come in numerous cheerful colours perfect for decorating trees, roofs, gardens and more. Concerned about spoiling your white Christmas theme with an eye-sore black cable? Not to worry. Our fairy lights have a white cable option that will blend in seamlessly for that unforgettable sparkle.
- Battery-powered LED fairy lights — For maximum convenience, battery-powered LED fairy lights can last up to 25 days outdoors and indoors. From vintage lanterns to Edison globes, we have various styles to suit your Christmas theme. Ensure you keep the battery pack away from water and snow at all times.
Safety considerations for setting up Christmas lights outdoors
While hanging up Christmas lights outdoors is a fun way to spread holiday cheer, remember to take basic safety precautions:
- Use lights designed for outdoor use — Indoor lights may not withstand the elements and could start a fire if they come into contact with rain or snow.
- Take care when stringing lights around metal gutters or fences — Live wires coming into contact with metal could create a shock hazard.
- Be mindful of where you place extension cords — Extension cords loosely strewn across walkways or driveways create a potential trip hazard. For this reason, you’re best off selecting an appropriate length for your Christmas lights and placing them in a suitable area.
Following these simple guidelines can help ensure a safe and happy holiday season for everyone.
A step-by-step guide on how to set up Christmas lights outdoors
The holidays are a special time of year when family and friends come together to celebrate. One of the best ways to spread holiday cheer is by decorating your home with festive Christmas lights. Here are a few tips on how to get started:
1. Choose and measure your location
Decide where to hang your lights before you start stringing them up. An easy method is to wrap trees or bushes in twinkling lights. You can also use lights to highlight your home's unique features, such as an entryway or bay window. Don’t forget to measure your chosen location so you can plan your design to cover the whole area without falling short of lights.
2. Buy and test your lights
Before you start hanging up lights, test them to avoid any frustrating surprises once everything is set up. Simply plug in each light strand and ensure they're working correctly.
3. Use insulated staples
Once you've decided where to hang your lights, it's time to start attaching them. It's important to use insulated staples instead of regular ones when setting up Christmas lights outdoors to protect your electrical wires from being damaged by the elements.
4. Hang up the lights
Start at the end of your chosen location and work your way up or down, attaching the lights as you go. Make sure each light is facing the correct direction before moving on to the next one.
5. Plug in the lights and enjoy
Once all the lights are in place, plug them in and enjoy the festive display you've created. Don't be afraid to experiment with different lighting effects. Many modern string lights have built-in timers, dimmers and even colour-changing settings for extra fun!
Illuminate your home with Christmas World today
Christmas World has everything you need to light up your holiday season. We have a wide selection of colours and styles of lights to choose from, so you can find the perfect design to set up Christmas lights outdoors. Our lights are durable and long-lasting, so you can enjoy them for seasons to come. Shop our selection of Christmas lights today and get ready to decorate your home in no time!