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Christmas Lights 101

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December is here and everyone is spreading their holiday cheer! With the weather cooling down and holiday decorations going up, everyone has snowmen, reindeers and elves on their mind! Whatever holiday you and your family celebrate, decorations are almost always involved. Whether you are a minimalist and like putting up a few small, tasteful pieces or you like going all out, everyone needs to know the basics of holiday décor.

Regardless of what holiday you and your family celebrate, hanging lights is almost always in the mix! If this is your first year hanging your very own Christmas lights, or if you are a decorator extraordinaire, we will walk you through everything you need to know about the most important holiday decoration: Christmas lights!

Some of the tips we will go over include:

• Different types of Christmas lights
• Where to hang your Christmas lights
• Step-by-step instructions on how to hang your Christmas lights
• Unique ideas for lighting décor

By the end of this article, everyone on the block will be coming to you for all their Christmas light needs!

Types of Christmas Lights


Shopping for Christmas lights can be as easy or as complex as you want it to be! Whether you are just looking for a few lights to string up or you are planning an elaborate winter wonderland, your local hardware store or grocery store will have what you need.

Before you take on the hustle and bustle of your local stores, be sure to know what it is that you are looking for, to avoid becoming overwhelmed or confused. Some of the most commonly bought Christmas lights include:

• Net lights
• Icicle lights
• Mini lights
• LED lights

Even though some of these names may sound a bit confusing, we are here to break down the specifics for you so you can enjoy your holiday shopping!

Net Lights

The description for these particular Christmas lights is in the name! Net lights are literally a compilation of Christmas lights that come in the form of a net. These types of lights are typically used to drape over bushes and shrubbery in your yard.

Not only do these lights look clean and organized once hung, but they are extremely easy to put up and take down, making your job of decorating the entire house much simpler. You’ll quickly find that while you are saving time putting net lights up, you’re also saving time taking them down and packing them up at the end of the season.

These lights, like other Christmas lights, come in all of the traditional light colors, from simple white to solid blue or multi-colored lights.

Icicle lights

What would the holidays be without a few icicles? Of course in our warm Arizona weather, we have to improvise with the kind that light up! Icicle lights are a classic and a favorite that really gives your home the holiday feel. These types of lights are most often hung from the edge of the roof but can also fit perfectly above your garage or along porch railings.

These lights are easy to find at local retailers and are relatively quick and easy to hang up using hooks, a staple gun, or anything you find that makes the job easier!

Mini lights

Mini lights, a modern take on the classic large colored bulbs, have continued to grow in popularity and are becoming the most popular type of lights used for the holidays. These items come in a variety of colors and are versatile enough to use anywhere inside or outside of your home. So if you looking to decorate a few trees, or you want to decorate the whole front of your house, these mini lights will get the job done!

LED lights

This type of energy saving Christmas lights have become increasingly more popular over the years for a variety of reasons. Unlike the average incandescent light, LED lights are much more vibrant. Additionally, unlike incandescent lights, LED lights are extremely durable and don’t get hot to the touch. Arguably the best benefit of LED lights is that they are energy efficient and can save you money on your electric bill during the holiday season.

These particular lights might cost a little more upfront, but they can save you money in the long run through their durability and efficiency.

Where to Hang Lights


Even though Christmas lights can be hung anywhere in or outside of your home, we will be focusing on the outdoors. Whether your home is large or small or if you live in a small apartment or town home, there are endless ways to incorporate Christmas lights into your outdoor décor!

Some of the best places to hang lights outside include:

• Windows
• Driveways
• Roofline
• Bushes
• Trees
• Mailboxes
• Pillars or posts

How to Hang Them


Now that you have the basics down and are well versed in the essentials, one of the final steps to take to become a Christmas light guru is mastering the art of hanging them! Like the other aspects of this project, this can be as simple or elaborate as you would like.

If you are just looking to string a few lights on your trees and front porch, feel free to hang them however you see fit! However, if you plan on making your lighting a bit more fancy, take a look at these steps that will make this process a breeze.

The steps you need to take include:

1. Get the right tools
2. Choose your spot
3. Light ‘em up!

Get the right tools

The first and most important step in this process is equipping yourself with the proper tools. Be sure to scout out what type of hanging hooks, nails, screws or ladders you may need. Whatever tools you can find to make this process easier and safer, the better.

One Christmas light hack that you might find useful is to leave the Christmas light hooks in place all year round, so when you go to hang Christmas lights for next year, all the hard work is already done!

Choose Your Spot

Since we already highlighted the best places to hang your Christmas lights, take a look at your yard and see which areas would work best with your specific lighting décor.

Light ‘em up!

Now that you have the right tools, you’ve picked your spot and hung your lights, it is time to turn the power on and take a look at the wonderful masterpiece you have created! Even though hanging Christmas lights can be a difficult task, the end result is well worth it.

Unique Ideas


It’s now official: you have mastered the art of hanging Christmas lights! Your lights look better than anyone else’s on the block and you have become so well versed in this craft that it is second nature to you.

Now that your home looks beautiful and you’ve completed the project safely and successfully, start brainstorming what you might do next year! Take a look at these unique ideas for Christmas lights and start making your plans!