Tips for Hanging Your Own Outdoor Christmas Lights

Tips for Hanging Your Own Outdoor Christmas Lights

December 08, 2021

One of the best ways to make the holidays feel bright and cheery is to hang lights on the outside of your home. If installed properly, Christmas lights can make your house look incredibly festive, wowing neighbors and passersby.

If you find yourself wondering how to hang Christmas lights the right way, there are some tips you'll want to keep in mind. Keep reading as the MosquitoNix® Elves share the best ways to hang Christmas lights in and around your home.

1. Have a plan for your Christmas lights installation.

When you're wondering how to hang Christmas lights on a house, barn or other structure on your property, the first thing you'll want to do is create a plan. Knowing where you want the lights to be located will help ensure that you have enough of them to make your house look dazzling. Measure the length of your roofline, the number of feet around your doorway or whatever area you want to line with lights, and make sure you've purchased enough light strings to accomplish your goals.

You should also determine in advance where the power supply you will need to connect to is located, getting extension cords if necessary. That way, you won't have a rude awakening when you realize the lights you installed don't have an available power source nearby.

Of course, another factor you'll want to consider when putting together a plan for your outdoor Christmas lights is how you want your house to look. Does your home have any features you want to highlight? Where do you want to draw people's eyes? And don't forget about the color scheme; are there certain colors you want to use?

Having a plan when you hang Christmas lights can be the difference between having a house that looks put together and one where the lights look like they were thrown haphazardly onto the property.

2. Always take safety precautions (and protect your home from damage, too).

After drawing up a plan and determining exactly where you want to place the Christmas lights, the next thing you'll need to consider is how to put them up safely. You'll want to make sure you have a ladder for those hard-to-reach places, as well as someone to keep the ladder anchored while you climb up it.

Having lights on the top of your house is a great way to make your property look dazzling, but being that far off the ground can be dangerous. If you're wondering how to best hang Christmas lights on a roof peak, wearing a safety harness is in your best interest. Remember, slips can happen at any time, so always exercise caution.

If part of your plan is to hang lights on the edge of the roof and are wondering how to hang Christmas lights on gutters, there are several things you need to consider. The first is that the lights shouldn't be too heavy. If they are, this could pull the gutters away from the house, which could damage your home's exterior and allow water to seep inside. If moisture gets into the attic or in between walls, this could cause structural damage or allow the growth of mold and mildew.

Using clips to affix the lights to your gutters is always a good idea, as it will help ensure that you don't damage any part of your home. Again, be sure to have someone hold the ladder while you put the lights on your gutters, and consider wearing a harness.

3. Get help when you're hanging outdoor Christmas lights.

Deciding to hang your own Christmas lights can fill you with a sense of pride and accomplishment, but it can also be an arduous and even dangerous endeavor. If you want to avoid risks while also ensuring that the result looks great, reach out to MosquitoNix's team of Christmas Elves to learn what they can do for you.

At MosquitoNix, we want your house to look astounding over the holiday season and for you to be able to spend as much quality time with family and friends as possible. Our trained and insured team has the skills and ability to hang outdoor Christmas lights that look fantastic, all while you relax with your loved ones.

Text ELVES or call (855) 808-2847 for more information. For inspiration, check out our holiday lighting gallery of homes and businesses that our team has decorated.

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