These hints and strategies will “lighten up” your home at Christmas in a much simpler and quicker manner, even if you are a complete newbie to decoration. In addition, the decoration results in an artwork to enjoy when it’s done, Yahoo reported.
- Establishing a lighting plan is the first step in the decorating process.
- Measure the span of the venue, where you expect to hang lights. Rakes, eaves or gutters, and around windows and doors are where to look for ideal hanging-light positions.
- Calculate the number of strands and the length needed, prioritize to use a long strand rather than two or three shorter ones joined together.
- Choose C7–or C9–size bulbs spaced 6 to 8 inches apart as the standard-size bulbs and standard distances between bulbs.
- Longer spacing among bulbs enables more light to shine over a larger area, releasing more fanciful shadows and more incredible warmth, according to Yahoo.
- Put the first bulb from the male end of a strand on the eave corner nearest an outlet. The eave is the roof’s bottom part that stretches further out than the house walls.
- Lengthen the Christmas light thread along the eaves and across the house’s exterior, ensuring the strand is straight. Use gutter clips to keep the lights from drooping or creeping up the roof.
- Finally, use an exterior-grade extension cord to connect the lights to the outlet.
- To light up trees and shrubs faster, simply shine a net light over them. However, shrouding the tree with regular mini-lights strands ensures a more traditional look.
- The act not only delivers a more beautiful view but will also allow you to wrap the trunk and each branch with as many—or as few—lights as you’d like.
- Divide the height of the trunk by the expected spacing (around 3 inches is ideal) between each light strip to calculate the number of feet of lighting required.
- Then multiply that figure by the trunk circumference before making the exact estimation for any large branches you want to wrap.
- To begin, wrap the lights around the tree, leaving approximately 6 inches between passes. Return to the empty spaces after exploring the branches. As a result, the desired 3-inch spacing will be achieved. So, for a 6-foot-tall trunk with a circumference of 2 feet, divide 72 inches by 3 inches of spacing, for a total of 24. Multiply 24 by the 2-foot circumference, for 48 feet of lights.
- Decorate your home with white lights strands to build the classic, most traditional Christmas view. Lights should be hung in three places: along gutters or eaves, in windows, and on larger trees or shrubs. Aim for symmetry as well.
- White LED lights are available in three types:
- Warm white resembles the glow of classic incandescent bulbs.
- Polar white has an icy-blue tinge to it.
- Pure white exactly appears like pure, bright white light.
- To most people, pure white bulbs appear to be too bright and unsuitable for the holiday season. Then Warm-white strands should be placed along the eaves or gutters, and polar-white lights should be put on trees and shrubs. The two tones work well together. Avoid pure-white bulbs unless you like the look of oncoming headlights on high beam.
- Place lights along your roof’s ridgeline if you expect to stand out from your entire neighborhood.