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5 Tips for Keeping Safe when Installing Holiday Lights

Celebrating the holiday season with outdoor holiday lights can be a fun and creative way to help you and your neighborhood get in the spirit of the season. However, something as simple as decorating your house for the holidays can actually be pretty dangerous if certain precautions are not made. Our team at Illuminating Design Inc. has put together the following list of top 5 tips for safe holiday lighting installation.

Watch for Power Lines

First, watch for power lines overhead when you are installing outdoor lights. It might seem like a simple thing, but it is not always self-explanatory. If you have power lines over your house, make sure that your light strands do not make connection with them and also be sure that any tools you are using do not make contact with them either.

Replaced Burned-Out Bulbs

Second, be aware of any burned-out lights and replace them. Although you may only have a few burned-out bulbs, when you have lights that are burned out, the electricity that would have gone to power those lightbulbs will be redirected to the other lights. This can cause other bulbs to not only burn out faster but possibly pop and cause damage or result in an electrical fire.

Use the Right Outlet

One of the dangers of installing holiday lights involves having your outlets outside exposed to the elements. This can cause serious damage and may even result in electrical fires or outages that can cause injury to people and pets. Be sure to invest in a covered GFI-protected outdoor outlet. This is the only way to go when you are installing holiday lights outside, as running extension cords from the inside of your home to the outside through windows or doors can cause fires or pose other safety hazards.

Keep It Simple

Sometimes the safest thing you can do to alleviate stress and also perform a safer installation is to keep your holiday lighting design schema simple. Although when you think of holiday lighting, a grand display a la Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation might first come to mind, you know if you have seen this movie that such a display can be dangerous. Even a simple display can have a huge impact and look amazing when done right.

Hire Professionals

Finally, there are some times when it will be important to hire a professional. You may not have all the tools and safety equipment that you need to do a good job with less risk. On the other hand, professionals can put your lights up safely as well as help you with design ideas and the creative aspect of the process.

Tips for a Beautiful Holiday Lighting Design for your Home

As the holiday season approaches, it is time for you to put together your holiday lighting design. There are a lot of different trends going around right now, some simple, some a little over the top, and others perfectly elegant. The experts at Illuminating Design Inc. have some tips that will help your holiday lights design be a beautiful combination of cheer, grace, and excitement.
    • Choose 1 main color: Right now it is possible for you to get holiday lights in just about any color imaginable. Your design will look cohesive and beautiful if you can be disciplined enough to choose one main color. Of course, the most classic is the white lights, but a fun statement can be made with any color if you can stick with it.
      • Choose 1 or 2 accent colors: Now that you have chosen the main color to use in your lighting decor, it is time to select 1 or 2 accent colors to throw in there. These accents should look good together, and should very much be used as accents. A splash of contrast here and there in your design will have a really good effect.
        • Hire professionals to hang the lights: Once you have a good plan of what you want where, it is time to call in the professionals. Those who handle this work for a living will be able to hang the lights right where you want them with no slack or errant strings of flashing bulbs. They will come with experience and tools meant to make your house look incredible for the season. Trying to do this yourself will be dangerous, and will bring results that won't quite match your initial desires.
        • Keep it simple: With so many fun outdoor decorations out there, it can be hard for a huge holiday lover to hold back from purchasing and displaying all of them. A cluttered yard with too many of these items will ruin the feeling of your display. Choose carefully the different elements you put into your design so that you can keep it simple and tidy.
          • Be different: Elegance and uniqueness are not mutually exclusive. Just because you want a beautiful display does not mean that your home has to look like all the other lighted homes on the block. Add different elements to your design that will help your house to stand out from all the others. The accent color can do that as can adding music, signs with holiday messages, and other such things.

Reasons to Hire a Professional Holiday Lighting Company

It's never too early to start planning your home's holiday decor. But since you probably don't have endless time to put into making your home look festive, it's a good idea to leave the hard work to the professionals. Here are 5 reasons why you should hire a professional lighting company for the holidays this year!

You Will Save Time

Putting up Christmas lights you can be proud of can take some serious time that you probably don't have. When you hire a professional company, you just need to call and set up an appointment. With a professional taking care of it, you can get all the other things on your holiday checklist taken care of. Not only will they set up the lights, but you won't have to worry about taking them down after the season either.

No Safety Risk

Falling off the ladder and other light-hanging mishaps don't just happen to Clark Griswold. There is always a risk of you falling or slipping while hanging lights, not to mention the risk of electric shock when trying to get them to work right. If you hire an insured, professional, safety-conscious company, there is no risk involved.

Your Vision Will Come to Life

Perhaps you've always had a vision for how you'd like your home to look all lit up for the holidays. But when doing it yourself, it's not always as easy as it seems to bring your perfect vision to life. The good news is that you can work with a professional company to get the look you've always wanted! Turn your home into a beautiful and festive work of art.

No Maintenance

If you've ever installed lights yourself, you're probably all too familiar with burnt-out bulbs and having to constantly maintain them. Why add more stress to your busy holiday schedule? Not only do professional companies use higher-quality lights that will last longer to begin with, but they can also come and fix any issue that may arise for you.

No Worrying about Storage

You may not want to buy all the lights and decorations you'd like for your house because you don't have anywhere to store them when it's time to take them down. But when you hire a professional holiday lighting company, you purchase the lights from them just once and they store them for you for the rest of the year! Then the next year, you won't have to buy new lights or worry about digging your old lights out of storage and hoping they work.  

Unique Techniques of Outdoor Holiday Lighting to Consider

Christmas outdoor Christmas decorations - Snowman and nutcracker lights up house in Brooklyn, New York Are you excited for the upcoming holidays? If you are, then you likely enjoy showing your excitement by decorating your home to bring in the spirit of the season. Many people have jumped on the trend of outdoor holiday lighting, as this is a really elegant and effective way to decorate for the holidays. As fun as this is, it can be hard to really stand out among the crowd with so many joining in. The experts at Illuminating Design Inc. have some fun ideas that can help your outdoor holiday lighting be unique from those around you.

Light Up for All the Holidays

While it is certainly the most popular, Christmas is not the only season that can be celebrated with lights. You can really stand out by stringing up lights for all the major days of celebration. Some ideas for this are as follows:
      • Orange lights and candy corn for Halloween
      • Pink lights and hearts for Valentine's Day
      • Red, White, and blue lights with flags for patriotic days
    • Green lights and shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day

Follow Tree Branches

You will see this done at many commercial areas, but it is rarer at private homes. Taking strings of lights and following each branch of a tree can have a gorgeous effect. If this is beyond your skill level, then call in a professional to handle it. It will be a small fee for an incredible holiday look. Christmas musical design

Go Musical

Unless you are some kind of engineer, this will require the help of a professional for the first year at least. With the use of speakers, multiple switch boards, and timed lighting patterns, you can create a display that will light up to music. Think about fireworks for a minute. They are lovely on their own, but there is something truly powerful about combining these pyrotechnics with music. The same can be said of your holiday lighting. This can take a lot of work, but the end result will be something really unique.

Line Pathways

Most everyone knows to follow the ridgelines of the house and don the trees, but not everyone adds lights to their pathways. Not only will this be unique, but it can be helpful as well. You can use regular strings along the ground, or you can place larger, more decorative lights and lamps along the pathways. When combined with the traditional house lights, these pathways will draw the eye from the bottom of your house to the top in a very impressive way.