In the past, holiday lighting could be a complicated, even dangerous undertaking. But improved technology has made lighting up your landscape and home for the holidays safer and more energy-efficient.
LED lights use a fraction of the energy that traditional incandescent bulbs use, and they often last 30 times as long, according to the US Energy Information Administration. They don’t get hot like incandescent bulbs either, which lowers the fire hazard.
Check your lighting at home to see if the cords are worn or damaged, or if the bulb connections are loose. If that’s the case, or if you’re looking to lower your energy bill, then it might be a good year to trade in your old lights.
Some municipalities offer free recycling programs for holiday lights, while some retailers might feature a trade-in offer that gets you a discount on new, energy-efficient lights.
If your lighting plan is DIY, play it safe with a telescoping light-hanging tool. Some models can reach more than 20 feet or come with clips to help you attach lights to your gutters. Those clips are handy—you are less likely to damage cords with clips than with nails.
Of course, you can avoid the hassle altogether and hire a professional to create a beautiful display and to do it safely.