By Lawrence Kimber, Owner of JKL Electrical
Nothing sets the holiday scene better than warm, twinkling Christmas lights!
Tip #1. Start Small – Start with one or two focal points on bushes and trees the first year. Limit lights to eaves, gables, and the edge of the roof. Consider ground and stake lighting to outline walks, paths, and driveways. For more ambitious plans, consider professional electrical services, especially if you don’t have roofing experience.
Tip #2. Outdoor Use Only – Use lights and extension cords with a waterproof or water-resistant UL (Underwriters Laboratories) label for outdoor use.
Tip #3. Pick a Style – Explore the many style options in advance to get the most for your dollar.
Tip #4. Replace Burnouts – Test and replace any burnouts. Burned-out lights drain power from the entire string and dim remaining bulbs.
Tip #5. Stay Safe – Enlist a helper and a sturdy ladder to keep you steady as you hang lights. For deciduous trees, spiral lights from the base. With an evergreen, start at the top. Attach lights to branches with tree clips or twist ties.
Tip #6. Use the Proper Outlet – Include no more than 1,200 watts on a circuit. Your power source should come from a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet so the circuit shuts down if there is overcurrent. If you don’t have a GFCI outlet, a qualified electrician can permanently install one outdoors to keep you safe for many more holiday seasons to come.
If you need a good reliable electrician, give Lawrence a call at 250-661-3305.