We could all use a little extra holiday cheer this year. Why not deck out your house in an extra-festive holiday light display? It may only be October, but with our unpredictable Minnesota winters, it’s smart to get holiday lights hung early. We have a few tips on hanging lights like the professionals, courtesy of Martha Stewart.
Rent a Boom and Bucket Truck
Instead of balancing on a high ladder, use a boom and bucket truck to get up high. This will allow you to hang lights more quickly, safely and evenly. At Broadway Rental, we rent in four-hour, daily and weekly increments, so you only rent a truck for the time you need it. Our low rental costs and flexible terms making renting easy. Contact us to get started!
There are many options for holiday lights, including LED, incandescent, mini lights, C7, C9 or icicle lights. And then, of course, you’ll need to decide between colored and white lights. Figure out the final look you want, and work backward to choose lights.
Make Sure You Have Enough Power
Before hanging lights, make sure you have enough power available to light them. Each light has a UL sticker with the amount of wattage you’ll need to power it. Multiply that by the number of lights being hung to get your total. Most outlets can hold about 17 amps, or 1,870 watts, but check yours to be sure. If you’re short on power, choose LED lights – they may cost more up front, but they use less electricity and generally last longer.
Before going up in the truck or on the latter, get your supplies at hand. You’ll need lights and extension cords, and, depending on how you choose to hang the lights, clips, electrical tape, zip ties, and a tri tap.
Hang From Top to Bottom
Whether you’re hanging lights on a tree or from the roof, start at the top and work downward. Run one extension cord to a high spot, and use a tri-tap to split the power between multiple light strings for a cleaner look.
After all your hard work, take joy in your holiday lights – and why not leave them up all winter long?
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