December 14, 2015 3:06 am
1. Use LED lights. They burn at a lower temperature and use nearly 90 percent less energy than incandescent lights, making them a safer and more efficient option.
2. Choose a theme. Whether you prefer traditional or a more colorful, contemporary approach, keep your theme consistent to create an attractive and cohesive look.
3. Be unique. Be true to yourself in your design. Find something that speaks to your style and make that the focus of your display.
4. Use a timer. Timers are great investments that save energy and hassle. Set your timer to come on about 30 minutes before sunset and to go off between 11 p.m. and midnight.
5. Select a shade. LED lights come in two shades of white: traditional warm white and cool white. Both create a dazzling holiday look.
6. Don't over-do it. You can create a car-stopping display (without becoming the Griswolds) by adding eye-catching elements like character figures or animation lighting.
7. Use daytime décor. Since lights don't read well during the day, add daytime décor, such as greenery of character figures, to keep your home looking festive all day long.
8. Never use outdated products. Test all your lighting products before installation to confirm that all are in good working order. Replace any questionable or worn bulb or light strand.
9. Highlight the features. Outline a distinct roof line or windows with lights, drape an archway with a lit garland, or light the pathway to your home's door.
10. Don't forget the backyard. Decorate a small area in your backyard to create a holiday focus through your windows.
Source: Christmas Décor, Inc.
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