Lighting Your House: Making the Neighbors Jealous.

By: Thomas Hunter

When you think of Christmas bright colored lights immediately come to mind, but in recent years though white lights are just as popular too. If you want to go all out this year and decorate with beautiful lights for Christmas you will find many different kinds of lighting styles and options. The trick is to not break your bank account, and not to over do with to many lights or the wrong kind, unless that is you want to look like one of those houses that everybody drives by to glare at because in truth its way over done. However, one personís style might not be anotherís. Whatever lighting styles you pick make sure itís one that you can live with throughout the holiday season.

For light decorations outside at Christmas you can begin looking at your house from the curb side, and visually take note of all the places that you would like to decorate. Write down your thoughts and considerations on paper, this will make it much easier to shop and decorate. Ask your self what colors would complement my house, and how much space do I have to properly show off my spirit of Christmas? Also, consider if you want to theme it, or just go with the flow and see what develops. Either approach is ok, but most people find that by using a theme their yard and front door decoration of lights presents a neater appearance from the street. Traditional theme choices are of course Santa, elves and reindeer, Nutcracker, snowmen, Christmas villages, candy canes, ginger bread man, stars, trains or manger scenes. Unique themes can reflect you interest such as a holiday theme of boats or old wagons and horses. Its good to mix it up and several themes work very well together, such as a Christmas village and Santa. Just make sure it doesnít get to thematically busy, or you will loose the general overall feeling that you want to present.

Next consider your color palette of white, single colored, or a mixture, and whether you want to purchase flashing, dimming, or a steady on lighting option. In certain conditions depending on the area and emphasis a mixture of colors can look very appropriate, but in most cases a theme color approach is best, this also applies to the use of the light pattern display. After the critical decisions of placement, theme type, and color lighting options have been decided on, your next move is to decide on the different types of house lights and lawn decorations that you want to use. As you can see being well prepared in advance will make this part a much easier process to deal with. You will have a plethora of choices and styles to consider.

The traditional bulb type lights are sure please, but neon lights in a rope style are fast becoming the rage for Christmas. They give a very neat and uniform appearance because of its design. Roof eves on houses and garages are the place to put your new lights, and drop down icicle lights are used a lot too. Specially designed lights for hedges and bushes really accentuate the front, and make the lights appear even and symmetrical in placement. Extra lighting options include having a banner designed that will wish everyone a merry Christmas, or some other type of a holiday wish. Lighted wreaths look very good on roofs with high peaks, and placed just above the door front. Outdoor rated lighted garland along a fence, or wrapped around a front porch pole carriage light is very elegant. Donít forget the lawn decorations too. Your theme choice now becomes obvious once you stake your lawn decorations. There are static or animated lawn sculptures which will add the awe to those driving by or walking. Some are now made that are 3 ĖD, animated, flashing and talking! Inflatable Christmas items of your traditional thematic choice are readily available on stores or on the internet, however if your theme is very niche you will either need to have it made, or special order it in time for Christmas. Other choices for decorating your lawn can include such things as lighted archways that would look great in a garden or darkened pathway.

It is a sure thing that after careful consideration and planning you will have a yard that is not only pleasing to your eye, but to the neighbors as well. In fact they may just stroll over after the holidays and ask how did you do it? You might just sense a little jealousy, but consider it a true compliment because you have done your homework and presented a yard master piece that all have enjoyed looking at throughout the holiday season.

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