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Holiday Lights - Lighting Up Your Roof the Right Way

Dec 27th 2015 at 8:04 AM
Some of the first people to ever lay eyes on an electric light display were railroad passengers traveling past Thomas Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory in 1880. This pioneering demonstration of incandescent power was one of Edison's many publicity stunts to promote direct current, however; in less that half a decade, electric Christmas lights had become a celebrated tradition, and by the 1960s, Americans were decorating their houses with strings of small electric bulbs.
Today, as part of that long-standing tradition, you probably pull out your ladder and lights every holiday season and hang strands of bulbs from your roof and the facade of your house. Whether you adorn your home with subtle accents or a display so impressive that it stops your neighbors in their tracks, you should consider the following suggestions to ensure your safety while you prepare your house for the season ahead.
Purchase the lights that suit your needs. The most common for decorating outdoors are C-7s, C-9s, and mini-lights, depending on how you want your display to look and how much electricity you're willing to use.
Purchase fasteners. For your roof, you will want to buy waterproof plastic or rubber clips that grip to the shingles or gutters.
Examine the lights to make sure they all work. Don't hang any chords that are frayed or have been repaired; they are fire hazards.
Find a working 12-volt electrical outlet near the roof line. This is where you will plug in your heavy duty exterior chord. The outlet should either be switch-controlled or you should use an automatic timer.
Make sure that the area where you plan to hang the lights is clean and clear of ice. If you have ice or snow on your roof, contact a roofing contractor who specializes in removing it. Snow or ice on your roof, especially flat roofs, can also damage it.
Hanging Your Lights : For this process, ideally you should have someone to assist you. If this isn't possible, be especially vigilant when going up and down the ladder.
However you decide to decorate, you will more than likely string lights on the eaves, or edges, of your roof. Install the specialized fasteners first. Space them evenly and never overreach for the next position; move the ladder instead.
Plug your first string of lights into the power source, clip it securely in the fasteners, and then plug in the next string. Try to never attach more than three strings together.
Repeat this process, and when you are finished decorating, you will have a safe and hazard free holiday season in your home.
There's only one step left: stand back and admire your hard work. Imagine how those train passengers must have felt when they saw Edison's glowing laboratory, and look at your own light display with fresh eyes.
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