Outdoor Christmas lighting safety tips
Christmas is a time for light, and outdoor Christmas lighting is a festive tradition to look forward to during those dark winter evenings. But before you decorate your outdoor space, there are a few things you should bear in mind. Read on for 9 excellent tips on how to achieve festive and safe Christmas lighting, without breaking your electricity bill.
9 outdoor Christmas lighting tips
Always check whether the light garland is intended for outdoor use and is CE-marked
Before buying a light garland, check that the colour is the shade you want
A 3-pin earth plug is safer for outdoor lighting than a regular plug
Check that the HFI/HPFI switch works for your outdoor lighting, before you turn the power on. That way, you will avoid getting a shock when setting up your Christmas lights
If you use an extension cord or a transformer for your lights, the connections must be tightly sealed for the device to be suitable for outdoor use
Avoid getting the cable caught in a door or window openings, otherwise you run the risk of getting nicks in the cable, which could result in shocks or even a fire
If you are connecting your Christmas lights to an outdoor socket, it must be installed by a qualified installer, as it is illegal to install outdoor electrical sockets yourself
Save on your electricity bill by decorating with LED Christmas lights and use the timer function, so that the light is not switched on unnecessarily
When you have taken down your outdoor Christmas lights, you should store the lights in a dry place – preferably in the original packaging for optimum protection
Outdoor lighting provides warmth and cosiness
Christmas lights are one of the easiest ways to creative a festive and cosy atmosphere. It's a practical way to decorate, because light garlands and net lights can be wrapped around most things, which makes them ideal for balconies, shrubs, trees and gates. If you want the prettiest and most impressive outdoor Christmas lighting on your street, you can combine light garlands of little illuminated trees and light garlands of illuminated icicles.
Another way of decorating an outdoor area is to use charming lanterns. Consider putting a few lanterns (with LED candles) next to your front door or on your balcony. But make sure that your lanterns stand on a safe surface and preferably with a bit of shelter.
Use only light garlands suitable for outdoors
When putting up your Christmas lights, make sure that the lights are intended for outdoor use. Indoor Christmas lighting may not belong outdoors. If a light garland is suitable for outdoor use, this will be clearly stated on the packaging and labels. You should also choose a light garland with a CE marking. This means that it complies with statutory safety requirements.
Show respect – Turn off your Christmas lights
Christmas lights are intended to create a charming Christmas ambience. To preserve Christmas peace and cosiness, it's important to consider the location of your Christmas lights, so that the lighting doesn't bother your neighbours.
Take advantage of features such as a light timer, so that your lights will automatically turn off at a respectable hour. Plus, with a timer, you will also reduce your energy consumption and save a few pennies.
Energy saving with LED Christmas lights
If your outdoor Christmas lights have seen better days, then you may want to consider whether it's time to switch to LED lights. An LED light garland has a service life of about 50,000 hours of light, and uses up to 90% less power. Combining LED lights with a timer function also ensures that your lighting electricity bill is kept to a minimum.