Christmas Light Service Preston MD
Have you ever looked at the Christmas lights on your neighbors’ houses and wondered why they’re so much better than yours? You may not be able to compete with their professional installations, but there are some simple things you can do to make your house look festive. A few hours of work before December 25th will make it seem like Santa knows which house is yours! If you want more information about what’s involved in installing holiday lighting or if you need help finding a professional for installation or repair, read on. We’ll tell you everything that needs to happen before December 25th and then provide listings of pros in your area who can do the job for you. That way, by next week when everyone else has already put up their decorations, your house will still be the one that neighborhood kids are lining up at to see!
We’ll start with some general advice for buying, placing, and testing holiday lights. Then we’ll list the steps involved in installation, so you know what to expect when hiring a pro. If you need more help than these steps provide or if you want someone else to do all the hard work for you. However, much time and energy you’re willing to dedicate yourself, Christmas light service is within your reach!
A Few Pointers Before You Install Holiday Lights
To avoid having an “ugly” exterior this December 25th, here are a few pointers to keep in mind as you consider your lighting options:
– Don’t try to do it yourself. Consider hiring a professional that can handle all the details and some of those annoying headaches too.
– Make sure you have enough time and energy for the task.
– Use only UL-approved lights and electrical devices. They may cost more than non-UL items, but they’re safer as well as legal to use.
– Consider hiring a professional holiday lighting installation. It will be worth the extra money if he or she can make your house look like Santa knows it’s there!
What You’ll Need to Do Yourself
Now that you know what not to do, let’s look at what you should do to get those beautiful Christmas lights on your house this year. By following these simple steps, you can save some by installing your own holiday lights.
- Find a place to start – You should begin with your roofline or front entrance. Make sure you have at least two outlets within reach of where you’re going to be working, and remember that extension cords can overload circuits, so avoid running too many out from the same outlet.
- Find a place to end – Once you know where you’re starting from, decide where you’d like your lights to end and determine which direction is best for wrapping them around (tip: Wrapping them around the corner of the house will make it easier if they need to come off). If necessary, run an extra cord through any unexpected areas (such as porches) and loop it before plugging it in. This allows for better wrapping and results in fewer cords running across the yard.
- Plug your lights into an appropriate outlet – There will be a small surge of power as your lights come on, so plug them into a ground fault interrupter (GFI) outlet. The center will trip if any water gets into it, protecting you from electrocution and preventing damage to your equipment.
- Connect your extension cord – The plugs on outdoor extension cords are weatherproof and can handle wet or cold conditions. Be sure that they’re plugged securely in to avoid falling out during a storm or when someone accidentally trips over them! When working with multiple sets of lights, remember that the total amperage draw must not exceed% of an individual circuit breaker. Be sure to unplug any other lights on the circuit first before you plug your holiday lights in.
- Test your lights – Make sure that they’re wrapped neatly and securely, then check them for light leaks or bare spots. You can create a “tester” set by taping two sets of Christmas lights together, one working strand plugged into an extension cord leading directly to another outlet. This way you can turn them all on at once without having to worry about starting with too many (which could overload the circuit).
- Secure any loose cords – When hanging large numbers of lights onto gutters, be sure they’re clearly visible from the ground so no one trips over them! Take care not to place your ladder close enough to trees that the ladder might knock them over. It isn’t worth the headache of having to fix or replace your lights just because you didn’t plan things properly!
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