How to Design Christmas Lights for a House

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Among the proudest moments a homeowner can have are the compliments received after spending countless hours designing lights for display during the Christmas season. Complete your design on paper first. Decide the colors, the theme and the size of your project. Use the distinctive features of your home to your advantage.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital camera
  • Printer
  • Square footage of area
  • Lights
  • Christmas decorations
  • Take a photo of the front of your home from a distance. Take several photos of the front and sides of the house close up. Use the photos as a template to design your lights. Download and print the pictures on regular copy paper. Draw on the photos where you want to display your lights.

  • Choose a color scheme. Colors should complement your home. Be uniform in your scheme. If you choose white lights, make them all white, If you choose blue, make the majority blue and trim in another color. The color designs should be uniform. Visit home-improvement stores for design ideas.

  • Locate your outside receptacles to see how many outlets you have to plug in your display. Lay out in the front of your house the lights you plan to display. This will help you determine if you have enough lights and how to plug them into the receptacles. Purchase additional external extension cords, if you need more receptacles.

  • Use your picture guide to display your lighting design. Create a festive door as your home centerpiece. You can always go back and recreate your design if it does not come together. Bring your display alive by adding teddy bears, trains and toys.

Tips & Warnings

  • Stay in your budget.
  • Don't overload receptacles.

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  • Photo Credit christmas lights in ancient place image by nw7.eu from Fotolia.com
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