Midday Fix: Tips for maintaining your holiday lights

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Brian Gleason


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Brian's Tips:

LED vs. Incandescent. LED lights are more expensive than incandescent, but are more energy efficient. Due to their low voltage, more sets of LEDs can be strung together end-to-end than traditional sets. LEDs are great – the non-replaceable bulbs are more durable since weather elements can’t corrode the sockets. Incandescent miniature light sets are great for indoors. C7s and C9s, which are the larger incandescent bulbs, are traditionally used outdoors and you can fasten them nicely to your gutters using clips – never staples. A healthy argument exists of whether to use LED or Incandescent in Holiday Lighting. This debate is similar to discussing clear bulbs vs. multi-colored bulbs – never-ending. Whether you choose to light up your home with LEDs or Incandescent sets, always be sure to use a light set that has a stamp of approval on its label from an independent testing laboratory, such as UL (Underwriters Laboratory). Additionally, it should state if the light set is meant for Indoor and/or Outdoor use.

Before hanging your lights, check for broken bulbs and sockets, frayed cords, burnt out lights or any other visible loose connections. If the set doesn’t work, don’t throw it away – fix it.

Maintain your light sets through the season by performing visual checks every now and then and changing any burnt out bulbs, before the whole section goes out. This is the surest way to keep your light set lasting.

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