A street with homes decorated with lights for the holidays is a heart-warming sight. There are many ways to jump into the festive spirit with a holiday lighting display of modern LED lights or fiber-optic technology. Holiday lights have an incredibly long tradition in the United States. Some evidence suggests that lights, such as candles, were visible on homes as much as 300 years ago.
History of Holiday Lights
With the introduction of electric Christmas lights in the early 1880s, the large displays of present-day home decoration began. A little more than 15 years later, in the 1890s, holiday lights would arrive at the nation's capital, to be hung on the Christmas tree in the White House. Technology eventually allowed the masses to participate in holiday lighting displays. It's not uncommon for homeowners to try and place thousands of lights around windows, eaves and landscaping.
Estimates suggest that there are at least 40 million trees placed in homes each year as well as many millions of homes covered in lighting automation displays. The holiday lighting displays of the past usually employed dangerous candles that could cause fires, but sometimes today's holiday lighting efforts carry just as much risk to the homeowner as well as the electricity bill.
Dangers Exist with Lighting Displays
Without realizing it, homeowners sometimes use indoor lights on the exterior of the home, which Electrical Safety Foundation International suggests may increase risk of fire or electrical problems. Fortunately, it's possible to design a very safe holiday lighting display with modern LED lights that aren't made of breakable glass and also emit much less heat as a byproduct of their illumination.
In addition, some homeowners tend to believe they are capable of anything and may climb onto the roof to attach a lighting automation display to the shingles or hang lights around the roof and chimney. Any activity that takes place on a roof is dangerous, and a homeowner who isn't accustomed to being on a roof could experience vertigo and fall, even if he or she doesn't have a fear of heights.
Remembering Safety when Hanging Lights
Putting safety first when hanging lights on the roof is essential, and it's not just the danger of a fall that comes from roof activities. Roof displays must also be secured tightly. Sometimes a homeowner might not have the proper equipment on hand to ensure the giant inflatable Rudolf is truly secure on the home's steeply sloped roof, or that the lights aren't going to get ripped away from the chimney on a windy day.
Professional assistance from an electrician that knows how to hang lights safely and get the job done, without putting anyone at risk, is a stress-free way to get the home decorated in time for the holiday season. A professional can also offer advice on the best type of lighting technology to use for a display that uses low electricity and will provide holiday enjoyment for many years. Electricians can use lights owned by the homeowner or even offer rental lights that are boxed up and taken away after the holiday season without any work required of the homeowner.
If your home or business is dark and still needs the cheer and beauty of outdoor lights, contact Carpenter Electric today for help designing a safe and happy holiday lighting display.