With the end of 2018 rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to deck the halls with seasonal lighting and dive head-first into the Christmas spirit. At LightCo, we’ve put together few tips and guidelines to illuminate the issue and make light work of keeping you and your family safe this festive season.
Do Put Safety First
- First and foremost, it is vital that you only use outdoor lighting that has been designed specifically for exterior use. Always test your lights before hanging them, as lights can often burn out in storage. Burned-out lights can drain power from the whole string and will dim all the other bulbs; that’s how you will know if any of them need to be replaced.
- When hanging the lights, remember to avoid hanging them near metal surfaces that may overheat and pose a fire hazard, and be mindful of materials that could melt, such as loose wires or plastic fittings.
- Make sure that your ladder is strong and stable, and enlist a helper to hold it steady as you hang lights or decorations on your trees and along your roof trimmings. Fasten them with twist ties or cable clips.
- When it’s time to mount your display, steer clear of destructive attachments such as screws, staples, hooks and nails in favour of electrical tape. It’s quick and convenient to use, and provides additional protection and flame resistance for electrical connections at power points.
DO Start from the Bottom & Work Your Way Up
When it comes to exterior décor, your cheerful trees will steal the limelight. You should wrap the trunks of deciduous trees by beginning at the bottom and wrapping the string of lights in in an upward spiral. With conical trees, you should do the opposite; begin at the top of the tree and work your way down in a zig-zag pattern that widens towards the base of the tree. Bear in mind that if the tree is only visible head on, save effort and energy by only decorating its front-facing side.
DO Experiment with Colours
It’s true that white is classic, subtle and timeless, but it is the safe choice. Venture out of your comfort zone by experimenting with colour combinations that add excitement and dimension to the space. The traditional colour palette at Christmas time is red, white and green, but you’d be amazed at the eye-catching effect you can achieve by experimenting with blue, silver and yellow tones.
DON’T Overload Your Circuits
Strained circuits can be dangerous, as they pose a fire hazard. To ensure that you don’t overload your circuits, never include more than 1400 watts on a single circuit. The surest way to tell that your circuits are taking strain is to turn on the holiday lights; if any of your house lights go dim then your circuit is overloaded.
DON’T Forget to Power Down
After a day of dazzling and delighting your neighbours with your cheery display, don’t forget to shut down the show. Be sure to switch your exterior lighting displays off before you head to bed or hit the town for some last-minute Christmas shopping.