Before anything gets blown out of proportion (see what I did there?), the actual title for this blog is “Tips and Tricks for Do-it-yourselfers”. With that said, let’s say hypothetically, you didn’t read our blog post titled, Timing is E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. and missed the window for scheduling Shine Illumination to come out and install your holiday lighting and décor. Tisk tisk! Well we are in the business of making your life easier and more carefree, so below we’ve shared some of our favorite tips and tricks for your DIY holiday light installations. Next time though, don’t forget to call us ahead of time! 😉
- Decorate Smart. If you have multiple trees on your property but only a few are easily visible from the street, start with those first. Likewise, if your larger trees can only be seen from one angle, save time and lights by decorating only the front of the tree.
- Add Some Depth. Consider ground and stake lighting for added dimension. This is an often-overlooked lighting strategy but can add a lot to a display. Multicolored lights work well for outlining walks, paths, and driveways.
- Use a Timer. Instead of having to remember to switch your lights off each evening, or stay awake until you think the neighbors have gone to sleep and won’t be staring at your awe inspiring lighting creations any more, use a timer. Timers attached to a photocell light sensor are especially nice.
- Oh, That Was So Last Year. We know your dad probably did it, but avoid nails, staples, screws, or hooks when mounting your display. Instead try electrical tape. It’s a quick and easy and won’t destroy your roof. Also, shingle tabs or parapet clips help hold lights to surfaces as well.
- Don’t Be Afraid To Branch Out. Wrapping tree branches as well as tree trunks gives the appearance of a fuller looking tree display. Wrap up and down the length of main branches and use zip ties where needed. If you’re working with an evergreen, start at the top and zigzag lights through the center of the tree, getting wider as the tree does.
Well, there you have it! Fly little DIY birdie, but when you do land, call us to schedule next year’s installation.