Christmas Lighting Tips / Holiday Lighting Tips
When purchasing outdoor Christmas lighting, look for labels marked with a UL listing. Outdoor lights with these labels satisfy the minimum standards for product safety.
\’95 When selecting lights for exterior installation make sure they are designated for outdoor use. Outdoor lighting is weatherproof and designed for temporary operation in winter weather.
\’95 When selecting outdoor lights, consider purchasing strings with miniature low-heat producing bulbs or LED’s. These lights require less amperage and are less likely to overload electrical outlets.
\’95 Consider purchasing an outdoor timer to automatically turn lights on and off. It is much safer and less costly energy wise to turn off lights overnight.
\’95 Electrical outlets for exterior lighting should accommodate three-prong grounded plugs and should be on an electrical circuit protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
\’95 If extension cords are required for outdoor lights, use those designed for outdoor use with three-prong plugs. Never use an indoor cord or a cord without the third prong. Plug the cord into a grounded outlet and select a cord with the shortest length that works for your project. Do not use a 100-foot extension cord for a 10-foot distance. Keep outdoor electrical connections above the ground and out of the water.
\’95 When connecting outdoor lighting, be careful not to create a maze of extension cords, plugs and wires that all come from the same electrical outlet. Electrical outlets and timers used for Christmas lights should be readily accessible for quick disconnection or adjustment as necessary.
\’95 When installing lights, be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
\’95 Connect no more than three light strings together but follow the manufacturers directions first and foremost
\’95 Before installing newly purchased or previously used Christmas lighting, plug the string in and make sure all the bulbs operate properly.
\’95 When installing outdoor lights, use screw-in hooks or other fasteners that will not damage the insulation on the lighting strings. Nails and staple guns can easily cut or damage insulation and conductors.
\’95 Securely attach outdoor light strings to buildings, trees or other objects to prevent displacement by wind or other weather conditions. When possible, point the lamp sockets down to avoid moisture buildup and do not operate light strings with missing bulbs.
Call Trim Electric if you need some dedicated circuits for your Christmas lighting project this year. 281-376-3838\