It's nearing the end of October, and you might already be thinking about when you want to hang your holiday lights on the outside of your house. You may wait until after Thanksgiving, but one thing you should think about now is how you're going to power all of those lights. You might be the one person on the block who tries to have the brightest and most festive house, but 3,000 holiday lights require a lot of electricity. You know your utility bill is going to go up during the winter months, but it's also important to make sure your home is prepared to take on the increased energy load. At Dipple in Greenville, our expert electricians can make sure you won't blow a fuse or cause other problems once your lights are hung.
How Many Feet of Lights Do You Have?
You might be someone who just uses the lights you have in that box that has been sitting in the basement all year, or you might be someone who takes the time to measure the length of your roof line and every other space where you will hang lights. It's important to know how many feet of lights you have so that you don't end up with an empty space that isn't illuminated.
Even if you're not mapping out your entire light design, it's good to know whether or not you have the string length you need. This is especially important when you go to plug in the lights, since if there isn't enough length, you may have to run some extensions cords. It's important to have the proper cords for outdoor use, and make sure they're rated for damp weather.
How Many Outlets Do You Have?
This is perhaps the most important aspect of outdoor holiday lighting. If you try to plug in multiple strings into one outlet, you could be setting yourself up for failure, or worse, an electrical fire. Old holiday lights use incandescent bulbs that put off quite a bit of heat, and if you plug six strings into one outlet using extension cords and adapters, you could be asking for trouble. It's best to have multiple outlets for multiple strings, and our team of electricians can wire up new exterior outlets in no time at all.
It may also be worth it to look into new lights this season. There are plenty of LED options on the market, and they use considerably less energy and can be powered with fewer outlets. They also don't put off as much heat, and the light quality can be much better than incandescent bulbs. They also don't come with the issue of having to replace the entire string when one bulb goes out.
If you're going to hang your holiday lights sometime in the next month, make sure you house is ready for the added electrical load. If you have yard decorations and other things that are also illuminated, it might be worthwhile to contact a local electrician and have them take a look at your current setup. At Dipple, we want you to enjoy the holidays, not be worried that your lights may cause problems.