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Christmas lights question

DragnHeart posted 11/30/2020 08:52 AM

This is the first year we have ever put up christmas lights. We did buy a projection spot light last year but it cannot be seen from the road, we are to far from it.

I was in a store over the weekend and saw purple lights. Fell in love. Bought two purple and one string of blue green and purple.

Turns out my house is waaay longer than i thought lol. I will need four more purple sets to go from front to back along one side that's visible from the road.

The ones i bought we put along the deck and stairs on that side and the blue/green/ purple set is above the garage with kaleidoscope bulbs in the lights on each side of the garage.

The multi colour set came with built in clips.
The purple lights did not.

Wh was looking online to see if the store i went to sold clips. He reads that lights are to be set up in a perfect line and the clips he was looking at did that.

When we stretched out the purple lights the way the wires crossed made one light face up and the next face down in a repeating pattern. Looks fine to me. Our deck is lit up beautifully. Wh insists they all face up or down. Thing is in order to do that we have to twist the wires. I dont think these were meant to all face the same direction.

All of the clips i looked at will hold the lights to the eaves trough by clipping onto the wire not the light itself.

So...after all of that IF you put up lights do you make sure all of the bulbs face one way?

Bulbs that come with clips on them will automatically line up facing down since the clips all hold them the same way.

I've never taken notice if other peoples lights are all the same. I'm anal about a lot of things; dishes must be in the dish drain a certain way, shoes/boots lined up on the rack a certain way, freezer packed a certain way but lights....not on the list lol

tushnurse posted 11/30/2020 09:22 AM

If you mess with those tiny wires too much it will break them and then they won't work. Just tell the OCD in your H to hush, and no one will be able to see the difference in the dark of night.

Merry Freaking Christmas.

DragnHeart posted 11/30/2020 09:28 AM

I couldn't care less if the lights all face up or down. I just want them up. That in itself is a challenge. Means someone has to go onto the roof.

Wh seems more insistent that they all be uniform but i worry about what you mentioned about the wires.

little turtle posted 11/30/2020 17:10 PM

I just took a peek at the lights on my front porch... they are in all different directions and look great! They don't have to be lined up straight.

DragnHeart posted 11/30/2020 17:20 PM

I had to go get gas for the snow blower. Some houses in town have all the lights straight but most do not.

Coming home i could see the ones we put on the deck. Had to staple the wire down (carefully lol) so they are not straight...but they look straight from a distance.

I think the lights will look awesome no matter what. Usually you wouldn't even know our house was there at night lol

Myname posted 12/8/2020 06:53 AM

So I will call myself a somewhat of an expert on the Christmas light subject.

I use the regular string lights to outline the front of the house. All the corners and underneath the gutters get white lights. I'm very OCD and MUST have every light perfectly straight and facing the same direction on the outline. Over the years I've had several people stop by wanting to know how I get them so straight. So here's some of the secrets.

If you have vinyl siding it makes it really easy. The corners and around the windows have "channels" for the vinyl siding to attach. There's enough space to squeeze the wire of the lights and the base of the small bulbs and will hold them perfectly straight with no damage.

Sometimes that trick isn't able to be done. For example, if you have a downspout in the way or you don't have vinyl siding. The answer. Hot glue. You can hot glue your light to the downspouts/gutters, wood, vinyl siding, brick, pretty much whatever. No damage to what you're glueing too. It holds pretty good. Some surfaces better than others. I would be lying if I said I never had to go back and re-glue lights. But if you want your lights laying perfectly that's how you do it. Of course test it in a hidden spot to make sure that the glue isn't going to cause damage.

I wish I knew how to post photos. I would post pics of my house and some close ups so you could see how it's done.

DragnHeart posted 12/8/2020 07:22 AM

I'm sorry for the horrible photos. My phone sucks for taking night shots. The motion solar spot light didn't help matters...

So this is a front view with me standing down the driveway. You can just make out one of three large windows on the sunroom. The lights plug in at the back of the house and four strings made it to the top of the peak at the front. We will need another 6 to continue from the peak around the north side around the back and up the old TV tower where it will end with a huge star.

There's projection kaleidoscope bulbs on each side of the garage but there's an eaves trough above it so it doesn't light up the wntire front. The string across the garage is blue, green and purple. Need one more so it goes straight across.

The purple lights are stapled to the front where the siding has been ripped off and wood is exposed (a fix it job for next summer). Along the eaves trough at the side of the house the lights are cable tied (zap straps) to the eaves trough clips that join it to the house. Two strands of purple lights line the stair rail and deck and the red blobs are light up candy canes.

DragnHeart posted 12/8/2020 07:25 AM

This is more of a side view. The lights aren't perfectly straight, there's a dip along the side. Wh missed one section when he was zap strapping them. I'll go up the ladder and fix that.

I want to put lights on the inside of the sunroom, lining each window eventually.

DragnHeart posted 12/8/2020 07:29 AM

As an aside, you can see how dark it is usually and without the lights the house isnt even visible from the road at night. Lol

We do have a street lamp, solar powered light at the end of the driveway that is on for about 5 hours then turns off until it detects motion then its super bright.

I passed a house on my way to the other store that had the lights in stock. Man it was lit up crazy bright. Eventually mine will be too.

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