How to Hang Outdoor Christmas Lights | Lighting Design Tips

Outdoor Christmas lights are a great way to get you and your neighbors into the holiday spirit
I'm gonna give you some great tips and tricks to make hanging your lights quick and easy after watching this video you
just might have the best lit house on the block before you start it's best to develop an overall design plan resist
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
doors in the front porch will also light the bushes trees windows and roofline to complete the look we need to take
measurements to know how many lights will meet my friend Steve is here to help me get this house all lit up we'll
want to measure all the locations were going to light and since our roof lines don't have peaks we'll just measure the
length from the ground to make it easier for bushes and trees the number of lights you'll need is a matter of
personal preference a good rule of thumb for dramatic lighting is to plan for around 200 lights per foot and a half of
tree if you prefer medium lighting a hundred mini lights per foot should be enough also plan ahead you'll likely
want to use some extension cords to go from your outlets to the ends of your strands no one wants a beautiful light
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
to use there are a ton of choices out there and it's not just all about the color white Christmas lights can create
a timeless look while colored lights are fun and festive or you can combine them to create some complex designs not all
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
box for this information many LED lights today offer the option to switch between color and white on the
same strand ok lighting type there's LED versus incandescent although both LED and incandescent string lights come in a
variety of colors and bulb shapes there are a few basic differences between them incandescent lights often cost less than
LEDs and have a warm glow LED lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs are longer-lasting some LEDs are rated up to
a hundred thousand hours come in both warm and cool varieties you can also combine more strands together of LED
lights versus incandescent for this house we're going to do a mix of lights to get a great overall design there are
tons of different types of lights but the main one include string lights icicle lights net
lights large bulb lights pathway lights spotlights no matter what light types you choose we always need to keep safety
first we're gonna start stringing our lights and first are these bushes for these we're gonna use net lights these
are awesome for bushes and shrubs because they give a really even application everything looks pretty
symmetrical it's way easier than working with individual strands I'm using LED lights and I like these ones because I
can attach up to eight according to the package directions so we'll probably need three or four sections here but we
can connect them all together we're draping our net lights over the top and we're coming down on to the front now
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
the lights would look a little bit floppy you want to have the branches and leaves to give it stability as we add on
the additional sections we're doing a little bit of an overlap so where one net ended so overlap it a little bit
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
sets together so one into the next they make these really easy to connect together and then just kind of tuck that
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
outside at this home for this section of lights we're gonna run an extension cord to an outlet around the back of the
house so for the design plan we're lighting these shrubs we're also doing spotlights here on this tree and then
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
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
all off the one extension cord instead of having multiples around which could kind of just look clunky we're trying to
keep the cords as low profile as possible the cool thing about the net lights that we chose is that they're
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
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
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
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
tree in the corner of this house instead of opting for kind of traditional string lights I am going with spotlights the
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
would be really hard to use these spotlights will give it some really nice illumination and balance out the yard
I'm doing a combination of green and red now for my placement I'm putting them into the grass which is okay because
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
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
use a couple different methods here on this house but the most common one are going to be these all-purpose light
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
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
versus just going in straight like that and then the light goes right in here for the double-entry doors and to trim
out and frame out all the different windows that we're highlighting I'm using these c9 LEDs are they the cutest
these ones are kind of the retro vibe bulbs I absolutely love them they've actually been trending the last couple
years kind of making a comeback I think they're gonna add a really fun kind of retro throwback pop to this
house for these lights around the door we're using command light clips they're really low profile and especially around
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
work here on the vinyl without leaving any damage or residue for this door frame we're actually doubling up the
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
little bit more and with the length of this spool of Lights it just kind of made sense lights on a spool like this
make installations so much easier there's no getting tangled up the key is just remembering at the end of the
season to put them back on the spool so you're ready for next year all right now we're gonna
focus on lighting the columns here we're gonna light the columns along the front of the garage and then also the ones on
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
like a classic white on this is gonna look really nice and balanced for these columns I'm gonna show you how we're
gonna do it we're gonna start at the top and work our way down for this we're actually gonna start with
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
the garage cars will be coming in and out and we don't want an extension cord that a car will be driving over
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
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
two-story give it almost like a little candy cane vibe here and we are spacing about three and a half to four inches
apart even with careful planning and trying to figure out exactly how long of a strand you need for a certain area you
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
continue wrapping back up but that would kind of throw off the visual look of my spacing so instead I'm actually just
gonna hide this behind the back of the column so I'm gonna take my excess and pull it vertically right along the back
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
what we're gonna do is use an extension cord to run this set of lights over to the next column
[Music] we're working on our icicle lights now that are going along our gutter lines so
these are really great option they're probably one of the most popular lights that people have been using in the past
few years to install our icicle lights we're gonna use the ladder and the same multi-purpose clips that we've been
using and we'll attach them right onto the gutter these clips just attach right on to the side of the gutter and then
the light goes into the top they're pretty low profile and it's smart should kind of just make any adjustments you
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
you're not comfortable going up onto a ladder another alternative is using a light clip extender pole it allows you
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
will really complete this style some like Garland's some wreaths some mini trees pulling it all together
once all of your lights are installed I highly recommend using a timer with a daylight sensor to save energy once
everything's plugged into it it'll turn on at night and off in the morning saving you both time and energy
you're going yup hit it all right [Music] this house turned out awesome and has a
huge variety of lights all working together to create the perfect Christmas vibe I hope you learned a lot throughout
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
all the products used throughout this video are linked in the description below

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