Lighting Your House for the Holidays


The American Lighting Association suggests ideas about decorating with LEDs instead of traditional incandescent lights.

Compared to strings of incandescent bulbs, LEDs offer:
Longer bulb life. (3-year warranties; average life up to 100,000 hours)
Energy savings. (16-17 watts of savings for a 25-foot light string) – a reduction of more than 75 percent
Bright colors. LEDs generate only the desired color; incandescent bulbs use color filters which waste light
Cool operation. LEDs have no hot filament inside; bubs remain cool

Ulta-lit Technologies, a manufacturer of holiday light sets has these suggestions. To estimate the number of lights needed for a tree plan on an average of 100 lights per every foot of tree height.Before stringing lights check for broken bulbs and socket, frayed cords, burned out lights and loose connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read the maufacturer’s instructions for the safe number of LED strands to connect. Use no more than three light sets on an one extension cord.To string lights on an evergreen, begin at the top of the tree and wind strands through its center, widening with the tree’s shape. For deciduous trees, work your way up around the base of its trunk, moving upward in a spiral formation.

Keep Outdoor Lighting Enclosed and Safe

Twist and Seal keeps power cord connections protected from the outside elements like rain or melting snow so it’s a safeguard from outages and electrical shock. The housing prevents holiday lights and displays from shorting out or blowing fuses. They’re available in three sizes:original, mini and cord dome. They’re available at home centers and local retailers.

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Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.

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