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Avoid These Common Holiday Lighting Mistakes!

Updated: Oct 30

The holiday season is a time of warmth, joy, and twinkling lights that bring homes and businesses to life. However, to ensure your holiday lighting project is not only beautiful but also safe and hassle-free, it's important to steer clear of some common pitfalls. Let's walk through these potential blunders together, so your holidays can be merry and bright!


#1 – Ignoring the Importance of Research

Starting off, it's crucial to do a bit of research before diving into your holiday lighting project. By taking the time to read our blog, you're already on the right path! Delve into the best tools and techniques for a professional-quality lighting setup. From the top tools for a seamless installation to time-saving tips and tricks, this knowledge will set you up for a successful project.

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#2 – Failing to Plan Ahead

Preparation is the cornerstone of any successful endeavor, and holiday lighting is no exception. Take the time to create a clear plan that outlines your vision, budget, and supply list. Imagine the magical displays and coordinated themes you'd like to bring to life. Whether it's a flood of elegant bright white or the classic red and green blend, let your imagination run wild!

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#3 – Procrastinating the Start

As temperatures drop and winter storms approach, delaying your lighting project can lead to added challenges. The best time to start your holiday decorating is early, when the weather is milder and the forecast is more predictable. By setting a date well in advance of the holiday season, you'll beat the winter chill and ensure a smoother installation process.

#4 – Sticking with Incandescents

In the world of holiday lighting, LED lights have become the gold standard. They not only offer superior energy efficiency, but also last much longer than traditional incandescent lights. Making the switch to LED lights will not only brighten your display, but also save you money on energy costs.

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#5 – Skimping on Proper Tools

A successful holiday lighting project requires the right tools for the job. Investing in safety equipment such as sturdy ladders, proper work shoes, and quality wire cutters is essential. Additionally, make sure you have the correct clips and extension cords to ensure your LED Christmas lights shine brilliantly.

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#6 – Doing It Alone

While the do-it-yourself spirit is commendable, holiday decorating, especially more ambitious projects, can come with risks. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, thousands of accidents occur each year during holiday decorating. To ensure your safety, consider enlisting the help of a friend, family member, or neighbor. Not only can they lend a hand with tasks like holding the ladder, but they can also add their own creative touch to the project.

#7 – Manually Managing Your Lights

Controlling your holiday lights manually can lead to a host of headaches. From using excessive energy due to lights being left on for extended periods, to lights not being turned on at the right time, manual control can be a chore. Investing in a Christmas Light Timer not only helps conserve energy, but also saves you from the monotonous task of manually turning your lights on and off.

#8 – Overlooking Electrical Capacity

Understanding your electrical capacity is crucial for a safe and functional holiday lighting arrangement. While dealing with electrical aspects may seem daunting, it's far more intimidating to deal with issues like tripped breakers, overheating connections, or even potential fires. Take the time to calculate how much power you'll need and ensure your electrical infrastructure can handle the load. By determining the power draw of your lights, you can prevent any unwanted electrical mishaps.

#9 – Neglecting Light Age

Knowing the age of your lights is essential for planning replacements and prioritizing displays. This small detail can make a big difference in ensuring a visually stunning and safe holiday lighting setup. When you're taking down your lights, take a moment to separate each set. Attach color-coded zip ties to each line, with different colors representing different ages. This simple step will make future installations a breeze.

For more holiday lighting tips, expert advice, or if you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us at St. Nicks Christmas Lighting and Decor. Give us a call at (562) 438-0017 or drop us an email at We're here to help you create a brilliantly illuminated holiday season!

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