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What are some creative Christmas lighting ideas?

Outdoor Christmas Lights

If you're one of those enthusiasts who likes to celebrate the holiday season by lighting every bit of the house and every twig on the lawn, you need to check out the wonder that is LED outdoor lighting. LEDs are more expensive to buy, but durable, weatherproof, many times brighter than ordinary lights, don't get hot when they burn, and last up to 200,000 hours. Enough of these and even passing planes will be able to read "MERRY XMAS" outlined on your roof!

Other ideas for using garden string lights for a festive holiday effect:

  • Many people today like to use all white lights. Why not do something different and make yours all red instead?
  • Use an extension pole to hang lights on trees that are taller than your ladder can safely reach.
  • For a craft project, consider making a wire wreath and festooning it with lights to hang at the entrance to your property.
  • If you crave holiday lights, but lack the time or self-confidence to hang them yourself, there are companies that specialize in putting up Christmas lighting displays. If you have older or ill family members who love the holidays, and you can't be there to put up the lights yourself, consider giving them a visit from a professional. Two visits, really -- one to put up the lights and one to take them down, organize them and put them away for next year.

   
What is low-voltage outdoor lighting?

Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting

Most landscape lighting these days is low-voltage outdoor lighting, partly because it saves energy and partly because it is easy and safe to install.

The "low-voltage" part happens when you install a transformer and connect it to an outdoor outlet to convert a standard current to 12-volt, which is safe for children and pets.

One of the most important principles in low voltage landscape lighting is the idea of using several small fixtures rather than one large bright one. This offers a gentle, pleasant light that gives a welcoming appearance without glaring, like flood lights.

   
Where should solar landscape lighting go?

Landscape Lighting: Solar and Sensors

Solar landscape lights are more expensive to buy than their electric-powered counterparts, but you can more than make up the difference in your electric bill. At the same time, you'll save trouble on installation -- solar garden lighting can go anywhere that catches daytime sun, without having to worry about burying cables.

Styles of solar garden lighting range from sleek modern lights to Romanesque cherubs, from little post lights that settle into your flowerbeds to post lights and hanging lights that proclaim themselves over a wider area.

   
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