November Landscaping Tips – Outdoor Decorating – Kennett Square
November Landscaping Tips – Outdoor Decorating
The time is here to prepare for the holiday season! Whether we like it or not the year-round anticipation of in-laws visiting is at an all-time high as we brace ourselves for the upcoming holidays. It’s the time of the year where we all make our last ditch efforts to impress family and friends with our ability and efficiency at decorating for the holidays, creating an idyllic home. However, we all are spending these months maxing out our calendars only making time for the true priorities. It’s hard to put household projects at the top of the priority list, especially if these tasks are outside in the cold and potential snow.
What can truly make our home appear holiday ready are stringing lights on our trees and shrubs outside.
However, they can easily look sloppy and become a time-costly project if the wiring isn’t immediately working. With the time we all don’t have this season let us take over this burden for you! We would love to help you out in creating the perfectly tranquil home that will bring back the nostalgia of the holiday season all our family and friends crave when visiting for the holidays.
A Few Quick Tips:
If you do decide to climb the trees and scale the roof to install your outdoor lights here are a few quick tips to keep in mind to ensure this holiday season stays safe.
The source of power should come from a ground fault circuit interrupter- This will shut down the circuit if there is overcurrent. If you don’t have one you can get one installed or you can buy a portable outdoor unit from a hardware store.
Calculate lights wattage– Lighting professionals calculate power wattage to prevent overloading the circuit or blowing a fuse. To determine Christmas light wattage, multiply the wattage of the bulb by the number of sockets to get total wattage of a string light, and then divide the total watts by 120 to reach total amps.
When Calculating for Watts and Amps Keep In Mind…
- Most household circuits are 15 or 20 amps
- Circuits should never exceed 80% of their max wattage capacity
- 15 amp circuits support 1,800 watts (80% capacity is 1,440 max watts)
- 20 amp circuits support 2,400 watts (80% capacity is 1,920 max watts)
Use outdoor extension cords- Be careful because although your extension cord may appear heavy duty enough to withstand the great outdoors make sure it is specifically made for the outdoors. Tape your cords across walkways and try to avoid high-traffic areas to reduce the risk of tripping.
Use C7 or C9 Bulbs-The difference in these lights is size and wattage, with C9 being a little bigger and easier to see from a distance. Both come in frosted or clear color bulbs and are great for illuminating both your home and trees enhancing curb appeal.
Feeling like you would rather skip the headache?
Call us today for a free outdoor lights consultation!