Hanging outdoor holiday lights is no small chore, even when you’re going for a minimalist design. It’s best to go through the following checklist and make sure you’ve got everything you need before you start:
- Outdoor extension cords, the thick, heavy ones
- Holiday Power Stakes (you can often find these with timers as well)
- Strong, stable ladder of correct height
- Specialty lighting hooks, clips, and clamps to attach strings of lights to gutters, window trim, and door frames. If anything is adhesive-backed, make sure it’s appropriate for outdoor use
- Basic tools and supplies, screwdrivers, hammer, pliers and various sizes of nails
- Work gloves, thin and flexible
- The number of light sets of different types that you’ll need.
There’s no longer any argument – LED lights are so superior to the “regular” Christmas lights we’ve used for years that no question exists any longer. There is, however, the question of cost, and if you’ve invested money in a complete set of holiday lights for your home over the years, switching over to LED all at once can be a large chunk of your holiday budget. Try switching to LED’s two or three strands at a time, so you don’t have to take the initial hit all at once. And then remember – you will be saving money on the whole thing very shortly!