5 Outdoor Holiday Lighting Ideas for Newbies

One of the best parts of the holiday season is decorating. From the Christmas tree in your living room to the garland that’s dispersed throughout some of your other rooms, there’s something that is warm and wonderful about making the most of that particular time of the year.

Being that people will see the exterior of your house before experiencing all of the special touches that you’ve applied to the interior of your home, it’s a good idea to put some effort into the outside as well. So, if you’d like a few great outdoor holiday lighting ideas that you can apply even as a newbie, here are five to keep in mind:

Wrap greenery. Perhaps the most traditional (and beautiful) way to light up the outside of your home is to put some lights in your greenery. Little white balls of light that glimmer in trees and shrubs are always a spectacular sign that Christmas is near. For some helpful instructions on how to put Christmas lights in your trees, visit Real Simple and put “how to put lights on a Christmas tree” in the search field.

Look for unique shapes. When it comes to the lights that you use to trim your house or trees, how about opting for shapes other than circles? For instance, something that would look absolutely amazing in your trees are plug-in Moravian stars. You can get tips on how to position them perfectly by going to HGTV and putting “dress up trees with Moravian Stars” in the search field.

Light your porch (only). If you have garland and candles and other decorations on your porch, one way to make it the focal point of your yard at night is to string lights around that area only. You can place lights on the stairs leading up to your porch and around your front door, too.

Light your walkway. If you were to speak with someone who works for a company like WowLights Productions about another holiday lighting idea that would be great for your home, they might mention lighting your walkway. In fact, you can actually use the holiday season as a time to install some lights in that space that can be useful year-round. For a few ideas, visit Bob Vila and put “bright lighting ideas” in the search field.

Put lights on a timer. The final suggestion is more about conserving energy than anything else. If you’ve never put lights outside of your home before, then the first energy bill you get will probably be a lot higher than you anticipated. But just think about it: When you leave any lights on for hours and hours at a time, you are using quite a bit of electricity in the process. That’s why it’s always best to get some outdoor lights that come with their own timer. In fact, you can find some that feature their own plug-in on/off module. For more information on these lights and others, visit your local Lowe’s or Home Depot.

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