Holiday Lighting Advice

Here's advice about decorating with holiday lights and safe ways to connect power cords for your outdoor holiday lighting displays.

By Gene And Katie Hamilton

Holiday Lighting Advice Decorating with Holiday Lights

The American Lighting Association suggests ideas about decorating with LEDs instead of traditional incandescent lights. The Seasonal section of the site offers specific information you'll find useful. In general, here are considerations:

Compared to strings of incandescent bulbs, LEDs offer:

  • Longer bulb life. (3-year warranties; average life up to 100,000 hours)
  • Energy savings. (16-17 watts of savings for a 25-foot light string) - a reduction of more than 75 percent
  • Bright colors. LEDs generate only the desired color; incandescent bulbs use color filters which waste light
  • Cool operation. LEDs have no hot filament inside; bubs remain cool
Visit ALA online for more lighting information at

Ulta-lit Technologies, a manufacturer of holiday light sets has these suggestions. To estimate the number of lights needed for a tree plan on an average of 100 lights per every foot of tree height.Before stringing lights check for broken bulbs and socket, frayed cords, burned out lights and loose connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read the maufacturer’s instructions for the safe number of LED strands to connect. Use no more than three light sets on an one extension cord.To string lights on an evergreen, begin at the top of the tree and wind strands through its center, widening with the tree’s shape. For deciduous trees, work your way up around the base of its trunk, moving upward in a spiral formation.

Visit their website at for information about diagnosing and repairing holiday light sets.

Keep Outdoor Lighting Enclosed and Safe

Twist and Seal keeps power cord connections protected from the outside elements like rain or melting snow so it’s a safeguard from outages and electrical shock. The housing prevents holiday lights and displays from shorting out or blowing fuses. They’re available in three sizes:original, mini and cord dome. They’re available at home centers, local retailers and online at

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