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    Easy Tips to Hang Holiday Lights

    The holiday season is in full swing and that means it is time to decorate! While everyone leads busy lives these days, leaving it to the last moment simply isn’t an option if you want a display to really be proud of. If you live in the Charleston area, then you know that Christmas lights are some of the main attractions of the holiday season.

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    Photo by George Deputee

    Simple Tools, Time-Savers and Necessary Materials

    Before you begin, measure your space where the lights will go. This is a great tip to remember whether you’re planning to string lights inside or outside your home, as it will help you determine how many strings of lights you will need to purchase, how many hangers will be needed, and what sort of effort will be required. Other simple tools that you’ll want to have handy before you begin are:

    • Sturdy work gloves to protect your hands
    • Hammer and pliers
    • Measuring tape
    • A sturdy step ladder or ladder, depending on the height at which you plan to hang your lights
    • Light clips, adhesives, and other implements for hanging lights
    • Outdoor extension cords

    Time Savers

    • Unwrap and plug in each string of lights to test for burnt out bulbs, replacing them as needed.
    • Check extension cords for breaks or any other damage.
    • Ensure that all materials and measurements are assembled prior to starting your project.
    • Work with a partner during a time of day when there is the most daylight available.

    Outdoor Ideas

    • Under the eves of your home: This will require light hangers—either hooks or adhesive strips—and a partner to help you measure and set out the lights.
    • Around the front door: You’ll want to use adhesive strips for this. Another creative touch is to twine the strings of lights with garland for a classic look. You can use either white or colored lights of your choice.
    • Along the driveway: You can create a magical impression by running white lights along either side of your driveway. Use stakes in order to elevate the electrical cords off the ground.
    • Over shrubbery in front of your house: Net lights are great for this, and simple to use.

    Indoor Ideas

    • Around the windows
    • Around the top of walls
    • Twined around the banister
    • Over the mantelpiece

    For each of these spots, adhesive strips that won’t damage walls or woodwork are available.

    These are just a few of the great spots inside and outside your home to add a little festive cheer with holiday lights. If you use your imagination, you’re sure to find many more creative applications for these traditional elements of cheer. Follow some of these simple guidelines to create an impressive display both inside and outside your home this year. All you need is time and a little planning initiative paired with plenty of lovely holiday lights.

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