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​Hanging Christmas Lights on Your Wisconsin Home


No matter where in Wisconsin you live, you’ll always be close to a festive light show. But, there’s no reason to leave all the fun to the professionals and community centers. Your home can be a winter showpiece too.

Holiday Lights Require Preparation

It’s not just a matter of picking up a few strings of lights, plugging them in, and jumping on a ladder to hang them. The best holiday lights require plenty of forethought. At the very least, you’ll need to:

  • Determine the layout and design that works best for your home. If you haven’t hung holiday lights in the past, you may want to look for examples online. These images will give you an idea what will work best with your house’s size and style.
  • Measure everything. Holiday lights aren’t exactly cheap if you want a strong display. You may need more strings than you thought you would. Advance measuring is the only way to ensure you have what you need.
  • Pick up all your supplies. Christmas lights aren’t just strings with bulbs. You will need extension cords, hangers, and connectors (depending on the type of lights you use). There’s also a strong chance you’ll need pliers, a ladder, extra bulbs, and someone to help you hang your lights.

One More Thing before You Climb Your Ladder

Ensure that you examine and test every string you plan to hang. Look for any exposed or damaged wiring as this is a serious fire hazard. Do not use these strings and replace them as soon as possible. You’ll also want to check for broken bulbs that may affect the entire string. The last thing you want is to be on your roof, hanging lights that don’t work.

Wherever you live in Wisconsin, you might want to check with your local garden service if you’re not up to the task of hanging and maintaining your own lights for the season. Many companies offer this as a service. You could have all the beauty with none of the work.


Image: “Lights of December” by Michael Gil/flickr via CC BY 2.0

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