Whether you are planning an outdoor holiday lighting display, are considering replacing your old incandescents with LEDs, or are in the dark about the various types of light strands available, we've got it all mapped out to make it easier for you. Learn about the energy-saving benefits of LED lights, the differences between net and rope lights and how to wrap a tree trunk with festive lighting for Christmas or any occasion.
Perhaps you're a new homeowner, or have never bothered to learn the correct way to install strands of outdoor lights for the holidays. Wait -- there's a correct
Find out the do's and don'ts of hanging lights from your home's eaves, rain gutters or anywhere, along with the tools of the trade.
Outdoor and holiday designers and decorators have seen the light and they aren't returning to the dark side anytime soon. One is simply not enough--soon every trunk, branch and limb that resembles a tree gets wrapped and lighted for the annual outdoor holiday display. Naked, leafless deciduous trees
get dressed up with lights, creating interesting forms against dark December skies.
Find out the right way to wrap a tree with holiday lights, along with the necessary tools and supplies to get the job done.
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Whether you're a first-time holiday decorator or a seasoned Santa, it's time to use LED Christmas lights. And to help you decide, here are some of our top picks for LED Christmas lights. Get glowing!
They look like thin tubes of neon
, outlining windows, doorways or wrapped around porch columns. Rope lights are easy to use -- but what are there best applications?
During the holidays, net lights can be a tree or shrub
's best friend. Before LEDs came along, the old-fashioned incandescent were known to keep a shrub or two warm during those long, cold winter evenings. They can be a great asset for those of us who are time- and skill- deprived, too.