When do you take down your Christmas Lights?

So you barely wanted to venture outside this winter with all the snow and bitter cold?

Well at this time of year (and in the summer for that matter) conversation often turns to commentary surrounding when to take down those Christmas lights.  If the snow is melting, you really ought to have considered taking down those decorations!

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Important Considerations to Determine When to Take Down Christmas Lights house exterior christmas lights

  1. It use to be that electricity costs played into the game, old incandescent bulb’s cost a lot of money to light up every day, now LED’s are very cost-efficient, and they last a long time.
  2. Wires are not made for heavy UV exposure.  UV is more intense in the summer and causes the wire to become brittle.  This reduces the life-span of lights significantly, and tends to bleach garlands and wreath of their vibrant colour.
  3. In most colder climates, the squirrels aren’t in the trees and eating your wires until March or April, There is nothing more disappointing then going to plug in your lights and learning they have been chewed apart!
  4. If you have trunk wraps, remember, 2 years of growth can either wreck the string of lights or girdle/choke the tree.  You have to take them down one year!
  5. These days, people tend to decorate a little more contemporary so they actually enhance the house and outdoor landscape.  (using mono colours like warm white only) Although they look  nice year-round, You are severely lessening the life span.
  6. Sometimes we don’t really get a white Christmas, and you know what, I like to put the lights on during a nice wintry night when a fresh blanket of snow has just fallen- then I get to admire my work

Can I Keep My Christmas Lights Up All Year?

You definitely want to take down the greenery, bows, the Santa Claus and reindeer by the end of January…  but there’s nothing wrong with getting some extra life out of the lights! Don’t feel bad if you still like your lights, our customers love them, and we’ll take them down any time they want! Your house exterior will thank you for it!


When Do YOU Take Down Your Christmas Lights?

From our observations, people fall into one of 4 categories:

E-ficionados (or lazy bums)- leave them up and only take take them down when 50% or greater of the lights stop working, the roof needs replacement, or if they block the front entrance or garage due to a storm. “I’m being efficient and not wasting my valuable time” or “Might as well get good value out of these lights”

Stalwarts: a.k.a: anal/perfectionist etc. : lights can not go up until after American Thanksgiving, (because that’s how retailers control my mind through commercials) and then they must go down right after New Years day. “Can you believe Doris has her Christmas decorations up, It’s January 15th for heavens sake”

Wimpy Winterites: “I hang ’em early because my little fingers can’t stand the cold, and I cant take them down yet because it snowed today… or its too cold… or we’re having guests next weekend, might as well leave them up”, Caution: this category is in danger of turning into an E-ficionado.

The rest of us:  “whenever i can find the time with my busy schedule”

Final Thoughts

With timers and switches, you don’t have to leave them on every day, choose your wintry nights

Take them down if they are falling off and hanging precariously (to avoid causing damage to your soffits) or if you have burnt out lights, they just look sloppy now!

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