Enjoying seasonal light displays

As the winter solstice approaches and the days get shorter, bright and cheerful light displays on homes and businesses bring colour and light-hearted pleasure on the dark winter nights. Hanging lights on your home can be a wonderful tradition whatever religious or cultural customs your family observes.

Whether it’s your first year hanging lights or if you’ve been lighting up the season for years, there are some tips to keep in mind.

Stand in front of your home and decide where you want to hang the lights, and whether you can put them up safely and with easy access to a power supply. Plan to hang your lights during daylight hours, as being able to see clearly can help to prevent accidental falls or losing items in the dark.

If at all possible, don’t try to put the lights up alone. Having someone to keep strings of lights from becoming tangled, to keep you safe by holding a ladder, or to simply provide an extra set of hands can make the process go more quickly.

Before you begin your project, make sure that you have everything you need so you don’t have to halt the process for emergency trips to the store.

Electricity and the elements do not mix! You will need extension cords and lights made especially for the outdoors. Be kind to the environment – use timers and energy-efficient lights to use as little power as possible. If you already have lights, you will need to check them carefully to ensure that there are no frayed wires or bulbs that are blown or broken.

Your light display will be as individual as you are. Before beginning, consider what you enjoy about lights. Do you like them to be all one favourite colour, or do you delight in a rainbow of colours? Are you looking for simple and sophisticated? Fun and colourful? Perhaps an elegant light display with touches of whimsy? The only limit is your imagination!