Once you have chosen and bought your Christmas lights for outside, you have to get them installed, and, if you haven’t fitted them before, it’s worth a bit of planning first.
Once you have decided where you want them, then you need to decide on a mains distribution point that is suitable, either inside or if they are to be plugged in outside, then you will need to use a weatherproof outdoor socket.
Most of the time, unless the lights are to be installed a long way from the house, people tend to go for an indoor mains connection, the cable can easily be run through a window or door as long as the cable is thin enough and it’s not going to be trapped. (You may need to do a bit of drilling or filing to make a space in the window or door frame for the cable to pass through).
If there are going to be several plugs and wires then you may need to buy a weatherproof outdoor distribution box which can be left outside all year round quite safely. When it comes to setting up lights for an outdoor tree you just need to connect each string of lights one at a time until you are satisfied with the result, make sure to test each string before you hang it up.
If you have decided to hang Christmas lights on your house it can take a little longer to achieve, as you have to secure the lights more firmly (as opposed to the tree where you just dangle the lights over it).As with the tree you will need to sort out where the power is coming from and make sure it is safe either running from inside or from an outside weatherproof socket.
You can get a number of different fitting accessories to secure the lights to your house including brackets and wire suckers and we strongly recommend that unless you are totally confident in your electrical and wiring skills you seek out the help of a qualified electrician to advise and do the installation for you, especially if it means climbing up ladders working on the roof etc.
Much easier to install are the lights you can have hanging from doorways and windows, these are very easy to install like fairy lights or icicle lights around the door or window frame which are extremely popular these days.
A popular place to hang lights from is the gutter and you can purchase dedicated gutter hooks to make this really easy and these hooks are available in black and clear colouring. This is ideal for icicles and lighter installations but with larger setups we recommend using wall fittings that screw in as they can take a lot more weight and will not pull your gutters from the roof! Any of the silhouette type hangings need cup hooks screwed into the walls for a safe installation. One quality brand is Noma Christmas Light Bulbs but there are many other quality alternatives available.
If you want some more inspiration have a look at the lights in this video- Youtube Video
By far the easiest to install are lights on the inside of your windows which provide a great centre piece to your indoor and outdoor lighting display and give a really homely feel to a room. We always recommend to our customers that they take their Christmas lights down in the new year, check their condition, clean if needed and coil them up neatly and store them in a box or strong container for next year. Make sure they are stored in a dry place so they will stay in peak condition and give you many years’ service in the future.