5 ways to decorate your porch for the holidays

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Decorating for the holiday season is an incredibly exciting way to embellish your stylish taste in home decor. So, when you’re preparing your setup of unique, festive touches, don’t forget to deck out your front porch in order to really make it feel like a home for the holidays. Shake things up by mixing in a few natural elements in with your lighthearted, jolly Christmas accents and make the front of your home is a heartwarming invitation for all your joyous guests. That being said, you have the rest of December to take advantage of these decorating tips and to let the holiday cheer spill out of your home by making your front porch extra merry and bright.

Decorate an outdoor Christmas tree

Although your holiday resources, such as ornaments and tinsel, are most likely all used up after decorating your meticulous, indoor Christmas tree, if you have any left over, a second tree on your front porch would be an easy way to embellish the outdoor of your home. Not only does an outdoor Christmas tree curb the appeal of twinkling lights, but it also adds to the festive spirit and draws attention to your beautifully decorated home.

Now, if you don’t want the hassle of dragging out a secondary tree, perhaps consider decorating the trees directly in front of your porch instead in order to provide a contrasting balance of lights and decorations.

Use symmetry to your advantage

To achieve an element of cohesive style, decorate your porch considering the use of symmetry. Match the wreaths and garlands on each side so that spectators can easily follow a visual pathway through your outdoor design.

Fill the outside of your home with warm lighting

Directional lighting is one of the best additions that you can add to any outdoor illumination project. You can use it as a way to direct light from your home into the darker corners of your property or simply allow it to up light a garden feature. Directional lighting would work well to highlight all of your Christmas decorations that you have spread across your porch and lawn. While path and area lighting would also be a good addition to brighten up your outdoor walkways. After all, how are your guests supposed to make their way to your beautifully illuminated porch if they can’t see where they are stepping in the first place. Outdoor lighting plays a huge role in decorating for the upcoming winter season and for the holidays.

Get crafty with your decor

A decorative lantern can serve as a perfect centerpiece to your outdoor porch decor. Fill the lantern(s) with some shiny ornaments and bulbs and top it off with a little greenery, a bow or some ribbons. This is a fun, easy and unique way to add a pop of cheer to your front door.

Wrap Christmas lights tastefully

Swaddle your porch with some added Christmas glee when you wrap Christmas lights around the banister or the outline of your front door and windows. Not only does it provide an aesthetic visual framework, but it also lights up your outdoor area so it can be seen from further away. How cool is that?

How do you plan to use Christmas decorations and directional lighting to dress up your front porch for the holidays? Tell us in the comments section below.

Winter maintenance tips for your outdoor lighting

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As a homeowner, there are a lot of things to consider when you winterize your home and garden. Some people choose to add a little extra insulation around their windows, while others remember to disconnect their garden hoses to avoid them from freezing. Although, for any outdoor lighting connoisseurs, keeping your lights shining brightly and well-maintained throughout the winter months is also a top priority that needs to be ticked off of the to-do list before the start of the winter chills. Here are a few ways that you can get ahead of the game with your outdoor lighting winter maintenance.

Keep your fixtures clean

All the dirt and debris that collects on your outdoor lighting fixtures can dim or completely block any light from illuminating outwards. It’s important to keep your fixtures clean if you want them working well and shining bold throughout the season.

You can use a non-abrasive cloth to clean your bulbs and the surrounding area around the fixtures. Also, be sure to keep them clear of any snow or ice. LED bulbs, although incredibly energy efficient, produce less heat and therefore will be unable to melt the piles of snow that can collect and cover them during stormy weather.

Also, when you’re examining your fixtures, check them for any moisture-related problems that are foreseeable. Ice and snow have the ability to melt and drip into your fixture if it’s an older, outdated unit.

Check your wires

When the ground freezes over night and thaws out in the morning, sometimes hidden wires may be forced up to the surface. These exposed wires are not only a tripping hazard, but sometimes when they are exposed to the cool elements they can fray and become damaged. It’s best to inspect all wired outdoor fixtures to make sure they’re connected and working before re-burying them into the ground.

Test your bulbs

Extreme temperatures have the ability to significantly shorten the lifespan of a lightbulb. We recommend that you replace your light bulbs throughout the season as needed. However, for those of you who invested in low-voltage bulbs, the good news is that these landscape lights tends to run longer, which is perfect for the extra hours of darkness throughout the winter months

The benefits of performing the proper outdoor lighting winter maintenance is that your home will feel safe, your surroundings will be beautiful…even at night, properly lit walkways will prevent accidental falls and the illumination will most likely deter any unwanted visitors.

Do you have any other outdoor lighting winter maintenance tips for our readers? Share with us in the comments section below.

 

Must-have lights to winterize your home

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Depending on where you live, the temperatures of wintertime can start to encompass you before the season has even had a chance to set in. That’s why it’s incredibly important to be prepared, especially when it comes to your outdoor lighting.

Upgrading your outdoor lighting is one of the best ways that you can winterize your home. After all, the chilling months ahead are only going to bring longer periods of nightfall, bitter weather conditions and maybe even a few huge snowfalls.

With these conditions on the horizon, you should start your upgrades rather quickly. Let us help you make your illumination upgrades!

Install some garden lighting

During winter, garden lighting offers homeowners numerous benefits — it’s beautiful to look at, it provides security throughout your property and it accents different garden elements (tree, hedge or statue). Although garden lighting is more of a decorative feature, many people enjoy getting creative with its placement and position within the garden space. Without the appropriate lighting, your garden is merely an inaccessible, black space that disappears as soon as the sun goes down.

Grab a few flood lights

Flood lights are the most versatile form of outdoor lighting. They can be placed in front of your home, alongside a path leading into your backyard, or creatively aimed in various directions throughout your garden. These lights are often use for an aesthetic appeal, so that when you glance through your window into your backyard, you’re able to catch a glimpse of the scenery. Needless to say, they are also used for security purposes. Homeowners often place flood lights on the side of their homes pointing into the darkest corner of their property so that they have a full scope of the area.

Distribute some path lighting along your walkways

Probably one of the most recommended forms of outdoor lighting that is encouraged during the winter months is path lighting. Mainly because it enables your guests to see their way to your doorstep, but also since daylight is becoming scarcer, path lighting will provide you with a little extra illumination as you make your way up the driveway to locate your home’s entrance.  

Submerge some pond lighting

This suggestion probably sounds strange right? The reality is that if your backyard has a pond or even an outdoor pool, pond lighting should be an essential purchase before the winter months. It’s incredibly dangerous to venture into your backyard in the dark, or even on snowy days, especially if you’re unable to see where your water source is situated. By illuminating your underwater feature, you’re not only lighting up the backyard with a gorgeous, warm, glowing glow, but you’re taking the proper precautions to ensure that you can be safe in your outdoor space. Just remember to get ahead of the game by installing these top-of-the-line lights before the water starts to freeze.

Do you know of any other way that outdoor lighting installation can help to winterize your home? Tell us in the comments section below.