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How To Safely Decorate With Icicle Lights

Decorating with icicle lights is an easy way to make a big impact in adding a fun, festive, and elegant look to your home for the holiday season.  Adding your own personal stamp, setting your home apart from the rest. Good quality lighting needn’t cost a small fortune. Bargains can be found online, at home improvement stores, or major retailers. Icicle lights, unlike some other seasonal decorating materials, have the added benefit of being versatile enough to use in decorating in different ways throughout the rest of the year. In summer months try adding magic to your porch or patio area by using them there.

Coming in several different colors, the classic, original white remains the most popular. While previously only available in incandescent, the last few years have seen an increasing availability of new energy efficient LED, or Light Emitting Diode, sets. While slightly higher priced, they save money in the long term by being more economical in lower energy consumption, and can have a lifespan lasting several times longer than traditional sets. Which can be especially practical for the those hard to reach areas where bulb replacement would be difficult. Be sure to measure before before purchasing. It’s all too easy to underestimate how many strings will be needed. You don’t want to find yourself running back to the store in the middle of your project to purchase additional sets.

When using electrical lighting such as icicle lights, remember the motto “safety first”. Take appropriate precautions to protect your family from fire hazard and ensure a safe and happy holiday season. Make sure to follow manufacturer’s recommendations on the number of strings that may be safely connected at once. Enlist children’s help with opinions on placement, but leave the actual installing only to adults. Be sure all extension cords are tucked out of the way to avoid tripping accidents. Also, take it slow when initially powering up your display. Turn on groupings individually adding one by one to test how much of a load your circuit breaker can handle.

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