Landscape Lighting and Holiday Decorating in the Spring

It may be early in the year but it’s never too early to think about decorating your landscape for the holidays, especially because of the sales. And, there is no better time to purchase your holiday decorations when the stores are selling them 50% off or more! So, consider planning your holiday décor now and you will be prepared and much richer come Christmas time.

You want to spice things up, maybe make your house the one on the block the kids both young and old would love to go see. So how do you accomplish this without being too “over-the-top” or over budget?

Choose a particular theme and design your lighting and décor around it.  Here are some ideas for themes:

  • Snowman
  • Candy Canes
  • Christmas Boxes
  • Santa & his Reindeer
  • Winter Wonderland
  • The Menorah

Whatever your delight, lighting will play an essential role in perfecting this holiday landscape. Start with an assortment of LED lights. These gems come in a wide variety of colors, fitting just about any theme, and the best part is that they are weather resistant. These lights are usually brighter, last longer and come in traditional shapes, even in the firefly type lights. Either way, LED Lighting is very versatile and cost effective.

If you are re-using your LED Lighting from last year, conduct a “light test” before you hang them.  The primary purpose for this test is your safety. You want to make sure the lighting is still operational. Second, a test will help you catch any burnt out lights you can replace before hanging.

Once you’ve selected your theme, choose the color lights that best fit that theme. For example, if you selected a “Winter Wonderland”, ICICLE LIGHTS hung around the house are a beautiful way to create that cold winter day feeling, while economically giving a subtle display of dancing ice.

If you want to “ramp up” your “Winter Wonderland” theme, icy blue colored lighting strung around a few of the bushes and trees will give a lovely sparkle to the overall ambiance.

And don’t forget about the windows. Hang little firefly lights around either the inside or outside of a window, and apply a touch of frost around the edges of the inside to give them a beautiful, snowy effect. Even if you live in a warm climate, this type of lighting will give your home a winter feel.

Once your lighting is set, place “Winter Wonderland” items strategically throughout the yard; i.e., styrofoam-shaped snowballs, sleds, fake snow on the grass, etc…

It’s a magical time of year and a wonderful opportunity to let your imagination fly by creating your landscape filled with holiday cheer. Just remember that a few lights go a long way. Don’t be afraid to brighten up your landscape. You only get one chance a year…so make it a memorable one—even if it is nine months early!

3 Eco-friendly Outdoor Holiday Lighting Ideas

When the holidays come around, you want to make sure your outdoor lights are perfect for the occasion. Even if you don’t celebrate, there’s something about “I survived 12.21.2012” that will give you something to be glad for! Besides, everyone is in a festive mood, so it’s a great time to light up your yard and join in the festivities.

Today, more people are conscious about not wasting electricity than ever before, and they are constantly on the look-out for better ways to help the environment on a personal level. Let this be your final contribution to the earth for the magical year it has been.

Use LED

You definitely saw this one coming, didn’t you? Light-Emitting Diodes are prolific in today’s technology – televisions, computers and nearly all types of electronic gadgets carry these in one form or another; so why not your outdoor landscape lighting for the holiday season? Serial mini-lights are typically used to adorn your landscape components, and they can make your garden sparkle at night.

Drape them around trees or garden statues and ornaments, or use them to line your driveway or garden path. They are very versatile and lend themselves to creativity easily. But be careful of wiring or overloading your circuits with excessive use.

Use a Programmable Timer

This is a very efficient way of saving electricity and the environment. Change the settings according to the social events you host throughout the holidays. The idea is to only use the lights when people are either in your yard or you can see them from the outside. For New Year’s Eve, for example, set them to run a little longer – maybe until about 2 or 3 am. On the other days, time them to go off exactly at midnight. You might want them to come on as you turn on the inside lights in the evening, or any time you prefer. A timer is efficient and a great way to save power, and it will help keep your light bill down – considering the season.

Use Solar Lanterns or Natural Covered Candles

Investing in solar lanterns can help you year round – not just for the holidays. To add a little color, consider colored gel papers that are used in theaters and music concerts. You can also try natural candles inside a lantern dome so it’s suitable for outdoor use. Both these options are very creative and will impress your guests much more than traditional lighting. Hang them on tree branches; set them along your porch, or create a magical garden pathway to the party area. But be careful of fire hazards and make sure the kids can’t get to them if you’re using candles.

These three ideas can make “conservation” the focal point of the festivities. When coupled with other green ideas, they make for a great holiday theme, too.