Lighting has almost taken over Christmas candles as they burn for longer periods of time and are comparably safer for decoration purposes. Especially Christmas trees have turned more charming, sparkling and magical with light strands illuminating them. With time, the art of installing Christmas lights has evolved to the level where it has become an art in itself. In this article we will discuss about how to choose the color or combination of color of lights, check for the load of electricity that you can safely use and the different patterns in which to arrange the strings of light and also, how to install Christmas lights. Here are the tips of handy use.
Christmas Lighting Tips
- The most common color combinations appropriate for the Christmas season include red, green and copper lights that denote festivity; blue and green lights for more subdued arrangements; novelty combinations such as blue and red lights; and mauve, blue and copper lights.
- While you can use a combo of as many as five colors for coniferous trees, use not more than three colors for deciduous trees.
- Any color of light used with white does not show itself well, so if are planning to use white lights, stick to the monochromatic scheme.
- Use low watt bulbs for strings and indoor light decoration but you will need high watt bulbs for outdoor decorations and lights that will be viewed from a distance.
- Dip the socket end of the light bulb in petroleum jelly before fitting it into the socket string. This will prevent corrosion in the socket and will make it easier to pull out the bulb from it later.
- Tape all connections well with electrical tape to avoid short-circuits.
- Lights installed on the trees to keep up with its growth look quite graceful.
- Do not try to climb the branches of the tree you want to decorate. Use stepladder instead.
- Work on the tree from top to bottom and from inside to outside for ease of work and safety purposes.