12/5/23

Five Things to Remember When Hanging Those Holiday Lights!

‘Tis the season to transform your home into a winter wonderland, and what better way to do it than by channeling your inner- Clark Griswold with a dazzling display of holiday lights? Whether you’ve recently closed with us and are settling into a new home, or simply aiming to up your holiday decorating game, creating a luminous and festive atmosphere can be both exciting and, at times, challenging.

Here are five expert-endorsed tips to make your holiday lighting beautiful, but also safe and efficient.

Choosing the Right Length

Don’t let a mid-decoration snag dampen your holiday spirits. Measure your space—windows, doors, rooflines—before heading to the store. Prioritize using a longer, outdoor-friendly extension cord to avoid stretching your lights too thinly.

Selecting the Perfect Glow

The magic of your holiday lights often lies in the type of bulbs you choose. For a warm, nostalgic glow, opt for incandescent bulbs. If energy efficiency is a priority, we recommend LEDs. With a vast spectrum of styles, you can find the perfect hue—look for options labeled “soft white” or “classic white” to avoid a cold, blueish tint.

Mind Any Potential Gaps

Precision in spacing is key to achieving a professional-looking display. We suggest carrying a tape measure while shopping to ensure your desired gap between bulbs. For statement bulbs, a 6 to 10-inch gap works wonders, while for dainty ones, the closer, the better.

Trees Deserve a Spotlight Too

An illuminated tree can be the centerpiece of your festive decor. We recommend the 100-lights-per-vertical-foot formula for evergreen trees and mini lights for deciduous trees. For a natural look on shrubs, mini lights on a green cord are fantastic.

Illuminate, but Proceed with Caution

Combine elegance with safety when lighting up your home. Use LEDs for longer chains due to their close spacing. If you prefer incandescent, maintain ten strings of 50 lights for each plug. Ensure outdoor suitability and keep connections dry with electrical tape. Always plug into outlets with ground-fault circuit interrupters for added safety.

While we hope these tips are helpful, we are always here to offer more than just holiday advice. Trust us to illuminate your transactions with precision, communication, and a commitment to your success. Contact us today and let us be your guiding star in the world of real estate.

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