Tips for Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights


Christmas lights make homes look festive for the season and can help put you in the mood for the holidays. To make hanging lights easier this year, follow these simple tips that we’ve learned throughout the years:

  1. Never Staple or Nail Christmas Lights.

Many people make the mistake of getting out the electric or pneumatic nailer or the staple gun to fix their Christmas lights in place. While this approach may be quick and seem simple, it will do more harm than good. If you’re not careful, you can cause damage to your roof or the fascia on your home. When the wind blows, lights can rub against nails, causing wires to become stripped, and staple guns often end up damaging lights. Plus, you’ll end up with unattractive hardware sticking out of your facade if you go the nail or staple route.

  1. Use Christmas Light Clips.

Christmas light clips provide a much simpler way to hang holiday string lights and are what the pros use for elaborate holiday lights displays. The clips are very easy to secure and safe to attach to gutters, shingles, window frames, doorways and other surfaces on your facade. You can also use self-adhesive hooks that are rated for outdoor use to help keep heavier string lights in place or better anchor lights on eaves and in other places where they may be prone to slip.

  1. Automate Your Lights.

Spare yourself the hassle of having to remember to turn lights on and off every night and conserve energy by automating your Christmas lights. With traditional electric Christmas lights, you can plug a timer into your outlet and set it for the lights to turn on and off at a certain time. You can also opt for the latest solar-powered LED lights, which turn off automatically when the sun comes up and turn on when it sets.

  1. Don’t Overload Outlets.

You never want to plug in more lights than an outlet can handle. To determine the maximum wattage that one outlet can handle, find out what the amps rating of the outlet is by checking the breaker box. Multiple that number times 120, and you’ll know the limit. For example, if your outlet is rated at 15 amps, you could plug in 1800 watts of light safely.

  1. Take Advantage of the Opportunity to Inspect Your Gutters.

When you’re decorating for the holiday season, it’s a great time to inspect your gutters. After all, how often do you get the ladder out and stand so close to them? Look for any signs of cracks or wear and tear. You may even want to clean out any clogs that you see to help reduce the risk of ice dams forming this winter.

If you notice that you’re gutters are starting to show their age, give your home a special holiday present with LeafGuard. Our seamless one-piece gutter system is 100 percent clog free and made from heavy aluminum to stand the test of time. For more information and a free quote, contact us today at 317-399-5613 or complete our online form.