How to Hang Outdoor Christmas Lights | Lighting Design Tips

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Outdoor Christmas lights are a great way to get you and your neighbors into the holiday spirit
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I'm gonna give you some great tips and tricks to make hanging your lights quick and easy after watching this video you
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just might have the best lit house on the block before you start it's best to develop an overall design plan resist
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the urge to just wing it or you could end up with a holiday mess the focal point for this home is the double entry
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doors in the front porch will also light the bushes trees windows and roofline to complete the look we need to take
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measurements to know how many lights will meet my friend Steve is here to help me get this house all lit up we'll
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want to measure all the locations were going to light and since our roof lines don't have peaks we'll just measure the
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length from the ground to make it easier for bushes and trees the number of lights you'll need is a matter of
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personal preference a good rule of thumb for dramatic lighting is to plan for around 200 lights per foot and a half of
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tree if you prefer medium lighting a hundred mini lights per foot should be enough also plan ahead you'll likely
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want to use some extension cords to go from your outlets to the ends of your strands no one wants a beautiful light
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display and no way to turn it on with a design plan in place now you need to think about what type of lights you want
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to use there are a ton of choices out there and it's not just all about the color white Christmas lights can create
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a timeless look while colored lights are fun and festive or you can combine them to create some complex designs not all
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white lights are the same hue some give off a warm yellow glow while others have an icy blue tint check the front of your
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box for this information many LED lights today offer the option to switch between color and white on the
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same strand ok lighting type there's LED versus incandescent although both LED and incandescent string lights come in a
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variety of colors and bulb shapes there are a few basic differences between them incandescent lights often cost less than
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LEDs and have a warm glow LED lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs are longer-lasting some LEDs are rated up to
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a hundred thousand hours come in both warm and cool varieties you can also combine more strands together of LED
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lights versus incandescent for this house we're going to do a mix of lights to get a great overall design there are
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tons of different types of lights but the main one include string lights icicle lights net
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lights large bulb lights pathway lights spotlights no matter what light types you choose we always need to keep safety
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first we're gonna start stringing our lights and first are these bushes for these we're gonna use net lights these
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are awesome for bushes and shrubs because they give a really even application everything looks pretty
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symmetrical it's way easier than working with individual strands I'm using LED lights and I like these ones because I
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can attach up to eight according to the package directions so we'll probably need three or four sections here but we
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can connect them all together we're draping our net lights over the top and we're coming down on to the front now
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we're stopping our lights kind of wherever the branches and the leaves end we can't go all the way to the ground or
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the lights would look a little bit floppy you want to have the branches and leaves to give it stability as we add on
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the additional sections we're doing a little bit of an overlap so where one net ended so overlap it a little bit
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with the next area so there's no kind of bald spots in your lighting and then as we're going we're connecting our two
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sets together so one into the next they make these really easy to connect together and then just kind of tuck that
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inside so it's not really visible on the outside now we need to get power to our shrubs there are a few different outlets
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outside at this home for this section of lights we're gonna run an extension cord to an outlet around the back of the
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house so for the design plan we're lighting these shrubs we're also doing spotlights here on this tree and then
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some path lights down along the front so this one cord needs to do a lot of work what is our solution three-way adapter
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yep so we plug it in here and then we have the options to run path lights bushes and then spots for the tree yeah
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all off the one extension cord instead of having multiples around which could kind of just look clunky we're trying to
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keep the cords as low profile as possible the cool thing about the net lights that we chose is that they're
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kind of an eight and one there's eight different options for how these lights can look we can go color we can go white
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we can go blinking we can go twinkling I'm just gonna go with colored for these I think it's gonna add a really nice pop
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right in front of that along the front of the multiphase I want to add a little the color so I'm using these path lights
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they're an oversized bulb at g60 they're gonna be really easy to install I just pop them right into the ground for the
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tree in the corner of this house instead of opting for kind of traditional string lights I am going with spotlights the
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reason being is that this is kind of a tricky tree it has a lot of trunks to it and very thin branches so string lights
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would be really hard to use these spotlights will give it some really nice illumination and balance out the yard
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I'm doing a combination of green and red now for my placement I'm putting them into the grass which is okay because
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we're done mowing for the season if you live in a warm climate you probably want to keep them in your mulch beds just so
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that you don't have to mow around them you have a few different options for how to actually hang your lights we're gonna
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use a couple different methods here on this house but the most common one are going to be these all-purpose light
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holders these clips are what I'm going to use on the majority of this house let me show you how they work all right so
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these clips work by tucking right behind the siding I recommend going in at a bit of an angle so more of it stuck behind
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versus just going in straight like that and then the light goes right in here for the double-entry doors and to trim
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out and frame out all the different windows that we're highlighting I'm using these c9 LEDs are they the cutest
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these ones are kind of the retro vibe bulbs I absolutely love them they've actually been trending the last couple
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years kind of making a comeback I think they're gonna add a really fun kind of retro throwback pop to this
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house for these lights around the door we're using command light clips they're really low profile and especially around
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a door will you'll have guests coming in and out you don't really want a bigger bulkier light clip and they'll totally
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work here on the vinyl without leaving any damage or residue for this door frame we're actually doubling up the
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light so we are doing one pass and then coming back and adding a second row that's just gonna make the door pop a
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little bit more and with the length of this spool of Lights it just kind of made sense lights on a spool like this
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make installations so much easier there's no getting tangled up the key is just remembering at the end of the
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season to put them back on the spool so you're ready for next year all right now we're gonna
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focus on lighting the columns here we're gonna light the columns along the front of the garage and then also the ones on
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the porch I'm gonna use white LED lights I feel like we have a lot of color and other areas of the home so going with
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like a classic white on this is gonna look really nice and balanced for these columns I'm gonna show you how we're
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gonna do it we're gonna start at the top and work our way down for this we're actually gonna start with
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our plug at the top reason being here is that we want to run our extension cord up along the roof line because this is
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the garage cars will be coming in and out and we don't want an extension cord that a car will be driving over
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regularly so Steve is using a single clip to just clip right on to the back side so it'll be low-profile no one will
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ever see it as we're wrapping we're just making sure we're keeping it taut we're kind of keeping them at an angle
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two-story give it almost like a little candy cane vibe here and we are spacing about three and a half to four inches
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apart even with careful planning and trying to figure out exactly how long of a strand you need for a certain area you
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may end up with a bit of excess like we have here we have a couple feet extra now you have a few options you could
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continue wrapping back up but that would kind of throw off the visual look of my spacing so instead I'm actually just
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gonna hide this behind the back of the column so I'm gonna take my excess and pull it vertically right along the back
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of the post tuck it in it'll stay tight and you'll never know we had some extra now I only want to light the columns so
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what we're gonna do is use an extension cord to run this set of lights over to the next column
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[Music] we're working on our icicle lights now that are going along our gutter lines so
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these are really great option they're probably one of the most popular lights that people have been using in the past
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few years to install our icicle lights we're gonna use the ladder and the same multi-purpose clips that we've been
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using and we'll attach them right onto the gutter these clips just attach right on to the side of the gutter and then
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the light goes into the top they're pretty low profile and it's smart should kind of just make any adjustments you
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need to to your icicles while you're up here that way you don't have to go back up in the ladder to a same section if
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you're not comfortable going up onto a ladder another alternative is using a light clip extender pole it allows you
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to keep two feet on the ground and still clip the lights up onto the gutter I got some great accessories from Lowe's that
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will really complete this style some like Garland's some wreaths some mini trees pulling it all together
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once all of your lights are installed I highly recommend using a timer with a daylight sensor to save energy once
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everything's plugged into it it'll turn on at night and off in the morning saving you both time and energy
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you're going yup hit it all right [Music] this house turned out awesome and has a
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huge variety of lights all working together to create the perfect Christmas vibe I hope you learned a lot throughout
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this video and I would love to know how you decorate your home so leave me a comment and let me know and as always
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