Lighting tips for the holidays

Lighting tips for the holidays

This year is rapidly drawing to a close which means the holiday lighting season is back. Consider the following tips on safety and lighting selection before beginning to decorate. 1638600
Safety
If the lights are ground mounted or can be installed standing on the floor or ground, skip ahead to light selection. However, since most decorations involve some installation at height, do the following:
1. Have a ground crew (one or two people) to steady the ladder and pass up the decorations…an invaluable part of safety and for keeping supplied with untangled light strings, fasteners and encouragement.
2. Remember to keep a safe distance from the overhead electric service. 
3. Don’t overreach. If one cannot get to a point with their body completely centered between the sides of the ladder, get down and relocate it.
4. Don’t overextend the ladder. If the ladder is too short, rent or borrow a longer one. A ladder extended beyond its working limits is as dangerous as standing on rungs too close to the top.
5. Do not overload circuits by stringing more light sets together than the manufacturer recommends. Check the packaging for details. 
6. Check wires for breaks and cracks in the insulation that can lead to shorts. 
Most of these tips apply equally to inside and outside decorating activities.
Light Selection
Longevity and cost of operation are the two key reasons to purchase LED lights. Unlike incandescent lights, LEDs have no filaments to burn out which allows the bulb to last at least seven years.
A reasonable estimate of power consumption is seven watts per 100 lights, compared to incandescents which used 12 watts per bulb so a string of 100 would use 1200 watts. Invest in timers to turn the lights on and off automatically to manage the cost of operating holiday lights.

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