5 Useful Tips to Set Up Christmas Lights Properly

5 Useful Tips to Set Up Christmas Lights Properly
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    Christmas lights are probably one of the most favored displays in the winter.

    Even when you do not install them in your own home, it is always wondrous to enjoy colorful light from your neighbors' ones.

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Christmas lights are probably one of the most favored displays in the winter. Even when you do not install them in your own home, it is always wondrous to enjoy colorful light from your neighbors’ ones.

In fact, the tasks could be very simple, including

  • tree decorations
  • flamboyant lawn decor
  • hanging icicle
  • white lights from the eaves

In all cases, it requires some consideration and thought to execute correctly as these lights could be dangerous if you take a wrong step during the process of installing.

Below are several useful tips to properly install Christmas lights.

1. Having a plan

Before starting your project, it is better to estimate the necessary number of lights, prepare essential supplies or tools, and create a careful plan of the installation. There is nothing more annoying in a DIY task than to stop in the middle to purchase more lights from the local shops.

2. Having a look at the tags

Do not cut or throw away those corners that you find on outdoor lighting. Also, it is important to make sure that your materials are UL-approval (UL stands for Underwriters Laboratories). Be wary of any wiring or extension cord that you bought from flea markets, dollar stores, or deep-discount shops as the UL tags could be counterfeit.

3. Running the cables

For any underground setup of wiring, it is advisable to use Underground Feed (UF) type, while GFIs are ideal for outdoor tasks. These cables are designed with different features and styles to choose.

At the beginning, always ensure that the installation is started with a fuse box or circuit breaker. From there, run the conduit through exterior walls and connect it to a weatherproof elbow. Then, run it down to the same level as the cable and bend at a right angle.

4. Burying the wiring

Generally, you should bury the wiring from 18 to 24 inches deep underground. This range is enough to prevent anybody from disturbing it when he or she digs in the garden.

5. Setting up the timer

Most of the latest outdoor lights are integrated with photoelectric sensors, which are able to turn the light off at day and turn it on at night. But if your plan doesn’t include this feature, you would install a timer at the fuse box or circuit breaker to save electricity as well as avoid any incidents due to over-working lights.

Final thoughts

Christmas lights can be very beautiful when they are all lit up, but the first thing you need to do is install them properly. By following these 5 tips, everything will be simple and safe for your light project.

If you find this article helpful, feel free to leave a comment and share with your beloved friends. We believe that those small tips could be very useful for anyone who is planning to decorate their home with glowing and exquisite Christmas lights in a proper and safe method.

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