Before you go all Griswald trying to out-Christmas light your neighbors, take a breath and consider an alternative: having it done for you. It’s easier two ways: going up and coming down. Plus, many companies now use energy-saving LED Christmas lights.
Christmas lights past
General Electric began selling pre-assembled Christmas light kits in 1903. Lighting up our homes with Christmas spirit has been a tradition ever since. Yet we’ve come a long way since the first strand of incandescent bulbs.
Christmas lights present
The LEDs definitely use a lot less power, about 90% less. The classic bulb will definitely use more. It will add to your utility bills, et cetera. The LED bulbs are hard to break. The glass bulbs are easy to break.
Light up safely
Not only do you need to save energy, you need to save yourself. About 5,800 people sustain fall-related injuries, according to the CDC, in one Christmas season alone. The main safety tips when you do install your own Christmas lights– test everything first. Check the wires, check all your bulbs, et cetera. Have an adequate ladder that is stable, and if it’s an extension ladder, have someone hold it.
Any time you buy Christmas lights, always look for the tags. Anytime you see the UL tag, it means it has been inspected by the United States. There’s actually a department where they actually have their own electricians that go through and make sure that everything is safe for you to use. The common problem is to have too many lights plugged in together. And then they end up blowing a fuse at the beginning set. You do not want to plug in more than three of those together. That’s whether it’s your miniature lights or your C7. The advantage to the LED lights– you can plug pretty much as many as you want together.