How You Should Be Decorating the Outside of Your Home

How You Should Be Decorating the Outside of Your Home

It's that time of year again - the time to decorate your home for the holidays! When it comes to the exterior of your home, don't just place a few blow up decorations on the lawn. Do it right this year. If you're not sure where to start, we've got you covered!

1. Use the Right Lights

Before you do anything, make sure you purchase the right type of lights. For the exterior of your home, make sure the lights are rated for outdoor use. Otherwise, you'll end up damaging your home's electrical system (and yourself) in no time at all. You should ideally be using LED lights, as they use less energy than the typical incandescent lights (which means more money in your pocket to buy gifts).

2. Don't Overload the Circuits

When it comes to outdoor lights, you can string multiple lights together and plug them into exterior outlets. However, if there's more than a few strands of lights, you shouldn't connect them all together or plug them into a single exterior outlet - you'll overload the circuit. If you have a lot of lights and other decorations that need to be plugged in, spread them across multiple outlets. Contact your local electrician if you need additional exterior outlets installed.

3. Simple Placement is Often Best

Some homeowners believe in "the more lights, the better." But we all know that one house with more lights than anyone, but it looks like an absolute disaster-piece. It's all about placement when it comes to your holiday lights. Start by placing strands of LED lights neatly across the fascia of your home. This will be the focal point of your exterior decorations.

4. Brighten Up the Landscape

If you want to add some decor to your landscape, start by adding lights to your front bushes and trees. For bushes and shrubs, a net of lights that perfectly wraps around them is a perfect choice. You should also consider adding some lighting to border your front gardens and along walkways to guide your eyes toward the entrance of the house.

Decorating your home for the holidays can be done in an easy and simple way if you know what you're doing. When you need an electrician to install exterior outlets, contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-9952.

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