Don't Let Holiday Lighting Compromise Your Home's Electrical System


With the holidays quickly approaching, many homeowners are getting excited about decorating their homes, lawns, and fences with twinkling lights. Adding lights, blow up figurines, and other festive holiday decor to your yard an quickly propel you to the top of the neighborhood's best-decorated list, but these added electrical features can also put a strain on your home's electrical system.

Here are three tips to keep in mind when hanging holiday lights to ensure your festive decor doesn't leave you with major electrical problems in the future.

1. Make sure you have an adequate supply of electricity.

Before adding new items to your usual outdoor holiday decor, it can be beneficial to have an experienced electrician evaluate your home's electrical system. Your outdoor sockets are probably all on the same circuit or breaker, and overloading the circuit or breaker could cause you to lose power elsewhere in your home.

If you want to add extensive lighting elements to your outdoor display, your electrician will be able to install a new circuit to help you ensure you have an adequate supply of electricity to safely meet your decorating needs.

2. Make the switch to LED bulbs.

If you are looking for a way to continue lighting your home's exterior for the holidays without experiencing a significant increase in your electrical bill, investing in holiday decorations that feature LED bulbs could be beneficial.

LED bulbs are very energy efficient, which means they can shine as brightly as their competitors without using as much electricity. LED lights also run cooler than their counterparts, which reduces the potential for overheating and electrical fires once your home has been fully decorated for the holidays.

3. Avoid stringing multiple strands of lights together.

If you want to maximize the safety and efficiency of your outdoor holiday lighting, you should avoid stringing multiple strands of lights together. The connecting points between these strands can serve as a serious safety hazard, and you may find that you experience more bulb outages and irregular light patterns when combining multiple strands.

Have your electrician add some extra outdoor sockets to ensure you are able to plug in single strands of lights to create your holiday display.

Being able to safely decorate your home's exterior for the holidays is important. Ensure that you are having an electrician evaluate the amount of electricity available on each outdoor circuit to avoid overloading, that you are switching to LED lights to save energy and money, and that you have an electrician add outdoor sockets so that you don't have to string multiple light strands together when decorating this holiday season.


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