Outlining your window, shrubbery and eaves for Christmas light installation few weeks before the holidays is a smart do-ahead preparation and of course a lot of fun too. It is better to put up these light decorations and Christmas decors ahead of time so you have more time for the holiday rush. Find some useful tips to facilitate Christmas light installation the safe and smooth way.
Easy Steps to Follow
1. First, find an electrical depot for the Christmas lights, and then connect an extension cord to a 120V electric outlet with a Grounded-Faults-Circuit-Interrupters protector. Preferably, a switcher-control automatic timer outlet is recommended for the Christmas light installation. Don’t use any indoor timers on outdoor lights.
2. Light strings must be measured by a lengthy measuring tape for about thirty feet or much longer. Measure all the areas of your house that you want to light. Add all these measurements to give you an exact number on how long light strings are needed for your Christmas light installation.
3. Perform some light testing before you plug it in and inspect all the light strings. Look for missing bulbs, broken bulbs, worn wires, and defective wires. Replace the entire light string if you found a faulty wire. Missing and broken bulbs should be replaced with a C-7 and or a C-9 bulb by just rotating it counterclockwise, use gloves in replacing for safety measures. Re-test again and inspect it again to be sure that all lights are working.
4. Set up a steady ladder. If the attic of your house is low, you can use stepladder instead, otherwise, you can use also extension ladder. Place the ladder properly on a flat surface and leaning it touching the attic walls, extending it well to achieve the steady angle for safe climbing. Either too steep or too flat you should always measure your safety upon setting up the ladder, if it needs to be against the gutter, just place a 2 X 4 wood inside the space of the gutter to give it reinforcement.
5. Place and hang the lights alongside the attic wall and rooftop. Your main objective here is to place the lights appropriately simply and securely as possible. If you are attaching lights along the gutters or on the roof, use some plastic clips to stabilize the light strings.
6. Attach the lights string to trim. In fastening lights to your window trim and all parallel vertical surfaces, you can use nail-on clips or tube-light plastic clips, available in all home upgrading centers. Place them for about twelve inches away as needed. Don’t use nails or staples in installing the lights, it can cause electrical hazard.
Place all your Christmas decorations away from any flammable units such as clothing, drapes, leaves and furniture. To avoid common and severe fire hazard, the freshest tree for Christmas is the best way to choose. Trim it yourself if you want. Keep it outside your house until Christmas Eve and always keep it with a water-full stand throughout the Christmas season. Your Christmas light installation is all the more successful if you do not string lights on artificial metal tree due to hazards of electrical shock.