The holiday season is once more upon us, which means people across the country will climb ladders and roofs to hang holiday lights and create holiday magic for all to enjoy. However, safety is the first priority in dealing with the ladders, heights and the electricity involved in outdoor Christmas decorating. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical services you need to ensure a happy and safe holiday.
Safety is a consideration when hanging lights, and setting up holiday lights and decorations. This includes ensuring the electrical circuits are not overloaded. One way to ensure electrical safety is to install ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets. GFCI outlets are designed for locations where there is a risk of electricity meeting water, such as outdoor locations, and in kitchens and bathrooms. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical outlet installation required for a beautiful holiday display.
The “test” and “reset” buttons on their face can identify GFCI outlets. They continuously monitor the flow of electrical current in the circuit. If there’s a disturbance in the electrical current, the GFCI breaks the electrical circuit and shuts off the electrical flow.
When a problem occurs, GFCI outlets react faster than circuit breakers or fuses. These outlets prevent serious electrical shock, and reduce the risk of electrical fires. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the installation required.
Tips For Holiday Decorating
Use a sturdy ladder when installing holiday lighting. Ensure the ladder is on solid ground and level.
Secure lights with approved holders; never use staples, tacks, or nails to avoid damage to wiring insulation and potential shock.
Before hanging Christmas lights, plug each strand in to ensure sure all of the bulbs are working. Replace broken and damaged bulbs. Do not use strands with damaged wire insulation or plugs.
Turn all decorations and lights off at night. The best solution is to place them on a timer.
• Ensure extension cords are heavy duty, and rated for outdoor use. Keep the connections off the ground, snow, and water. Try to avoid running the cords across high-traffic areas, and tape them to walkways if unavoidable. Furthermore, use the correct length to access decorations by rolling up the excess to reduce trip hazards. The ideal solution is to contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL for the installation of additional outdoor outlets.
• Only use lighting and decorations rated for outdoor use. Consider purchasing light strands with inner fuses to prevent excess current on the wiring. Keep extra fuses around, but repeated tripping indicated an overload. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL when circuit breakers repeatedly trip.
Landscape Net Lighting
Net lighting is a convenient means of providing lighting for shrubs and bushes. Net lighting is a mesh of interconnected mini LED lights that will drape right over shrubs and bushes for fast decorating, and perfect spacing.
Animated decorations add movement to holiday displays, delighting young and old alike. Animated displays operate with electric motors, sensitive to a reduced power supply. To avoid the early demise of these little motors ensure they are on a dedicated circuit. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical outlet installation required to ensure adequate power animated displays are enjoyed for years to come.
Shimmer spheres come in an assortment of shapes and sizes. They hang overhead along paths, and in trees. Ensure they are rated for outdoor use, and check lights and wire each year before use. Alternating sphere size, color, or shapes can provide a festive atmosphere. For a more formal appearance, use a single color.
Incandescent vs. LED
There are little grounds for debate between LED’s and incandescent lighting. LEDs are foremost in every respect except the initial cost. While LEDs cost more than incandescent lighting, LEDs last significantly longer. They will pay for themselves in a few years with energy savings and an extended lifespan.
The energy efficiency of LEDs by far surpasses incandescent lighting, using about 10 percent of the electricity that incandescent bulbs do. Incandescent bulbs heat the filament to produce light, and about 90 percent of the energy consumed is used for producing heat. LED technology produces little heat, adding the benefit of reducing the risk of fire. Furthermore, if solar panels are utilized for any holiday displays, LED bulbs will allow the battery to last longer.
In addition, by using less electricity, LED bulbs are safer for older homes with insufficient wiring and electrical panels. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide rewiring, and upgrade the electrical panel in your home
An additional benefit of LED lighting for the holidays is their durability. LED bulbs are typically are made of plastic, and less likely to break than incandescent bulbs. Of course, when it comes to holiday lighting don’t overlook the quality of LED bulbs. LEDs are simply superior in every way, brighter, delivering a truer color and is a delight for the holidays.
The fact is, multiple electrical outlets are required for an expansive outdoor Christmas display. Adequate electricity and safe circuits enable you to enjoy the holidays without the lights constantly going off, and breakers consistently tripping. All of which are potential signs of an overloaded circuit. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL today to diagnose and repair electrical problems.
A Mister Sparky licensed electrician in Huntsville, AL offers electrical services for indoors and outdoors, including the outlets required for outdoor Christmas decorating. Give us a call; we will be glad to provide the outlets you need. Mister Sparky serves the North Alabama region, and is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.