It’s about to be that time of year again. Holiday festivities, decorative cookies, and most importantly, your incredible Christmas lights display! But before your mind starts whirling with all the possibilities that LED Christmas lights can offer you this holiday season, let’s make things a bit more manageable and take a look at just one style of outdoor Christmas lights: LED Icicle Lights! We’ll show you some easy lighting tips and how to hang your new falling icicle lights to get your house looking merry and bright!
Classic and beautiful, LED icicle lights are a popular choice for Christmas and holiday lighting. Roof awnings, overhangs, peaks and windows are popular locations for hanging icicle lights and because the drops lay naturally, they create a professional quality display either hanging on angles or across straight lines. They can even look great on the eaves of your roof – just make sure to cluster them together. If stretched too far apart the look is completely lost. These weather resistant, durable acrylic plastic lights a perfect low energy consumption, low heat output environmentally friendly LED lighting solution that is not only perfect for your next holiday lighting display, but they are also versatile enough to be used either indoors or outdoors all year round!
Planning Your Design
The holiday decorating itch may strike suddenly and without warning. Before you start, it’s best to step back and develop an overall game plan. Resist the urge to simply “wing it.”
Pick a Focal Point
For example, it would be silly to start hanging your beautiful new lights on the back of your house where no one can see them! Figure out where you want to attract the most attention with your lights and begin your design there. Without a focal point your house will just look like someone blasted lights out of a cannon all over your lawn.
How Do You Hang Lights On Gutters?
One of the best ways to hang your LED Icicle Lights, and most Christmas lights in general, is to use the advantages your domain already provides for you: gutters! Check your gutter thickness and shingle flexibility to determine how to best hang lights along the roofline. However, using gutter clips will also allow you to hang your Christmas lights simply and easily along the exterior to putting staples in your home, or non-symmetrical drooping lights and instead say hello to your beautiful new light display!
Make Sure To Measure
Measure any straight line you want to adorn with lights. This will help you decide how many strands you need. Also, measure the distance to your power source. No one wants a beautiful light display and no way to turn it on.
The number of lights you’ll need to decorate your home or roof is a matter of personal preference, but it is always a good idea to buy more feet of lighting than you think you will need. A good rule of thumb is to have at least 20 ft. of extra lighting, just in case you may need it. And if you don’t then you have plenty lights leftover to decorate even more of your home! Of course, if your goal is for your house to be seen from space, stagger two sets of lights side-by-side, or look for lights that are spaced closer together. Denser lights equal brighter lights.
Merry Installation Tips
When you are finally finished planning and ready to actually hang your new LED Icicle Lights, it may seem like a daunting task to actually get up and hang them from your roof. But, never fear! We here at LED Holiday Lighting have compiled some of our most requested tips on how to specifically hang icicle lights so you can rest easy knowing that when you do hang up those magical lights, you’ll know exactly what you need to do.
- After removing your icicle lights from the packaging, they will appear somewhat shorter than you might expect. Spend a few minutes gently tugging on each individual drop to help straighten out and elongate the light strings. Icicle lights have some natural waves to them, so if you can’t get the drops completely straight, that’s ok! They should also straighten over time as they hang.
- Lighted length is measured from the first bulb to the last. Total length is measured from plug to plug. Where as drop lengths are measured from the first bulb in the drop to the last. Some minor variations in drop length are natural as these are approximate measurements which can differ depending on the natural curvature of the strings.
- If you have extra length leftover after hanging your icicle lights, simply run the extra length back over the ends of the lines. The beauty of icicle lights is that they blend naturally together and can be layered to create a gorgeous effect!
- If you need to create one long continuous run of icicle lights being powered on a single outlet, you should absolutely use warm white LED icicle lights over incandescent. Depending on the light count and style, you can connect anywhere from 20-45 LED icicle lights together end-to-end, whereas most incandescent sets only allow between 3-5 strings to be connected on one run.
- To temporarily install icicle lights on deck or porch railings, zip ties in colors to match your railing will work best. When using zip ties to secure light strings, leave a small amount of slack when tightening the zip tie so as not to pinch the light wires. For long term installation or the ability to hang alternative light types through the year, consider using screw in hooks or gutter clips to hang icicle lights on wooden railings and surfaces.