By Drew Knight
Looking to add a little extra spirit to your new home this holiday season? Brighten it up with an updated Christmas light experience. And since we’re heading into the year 2017, we all know it could use a little updating.
Whether you’re an experienced Christmas lights fanatic or just getting started as a new homeowner, these top 10 Christmas light ideas can definitely help you up your game this year:
10) Time It Right
The easiest way to update your lighting system this year is to put it on a timer.
At a low price, Walmart sells a three-outlet mechanical timer with multiple settings (light it up for two to eight hours), from dusk till dawn and a daily repeat. Just pick your setting and enjoy the feeling of complete automation.
This one’s almost a must-have, because who wants to go outside in the snow to unplug it all?
9) Rope ‘Em In
Tired of the typical string lights and icicles? Try rope lighting.
Perfect for wrapping around columns, banisters and tree trunks, rope lighting adds a modern appeal to your Christmas lights display.
8) Supersized Decor
From inflatables to Christmas light sculptures, you’ve seen them in all the best holiday displays … but they’re not for everyone.
Some communities have guidelines and restrictions toward how “supersized” and how bright you can actually go, so before your develop a plan, check in with your HOA — and next-door neighbors — to make sure you’re not going overboard.
From a lit llama to an air-blown Yoda Santa, you’re bound to find something that suits your holiday style.
7) Cast a Net
Have a good supply of foliage in your front yard? Instead of lighting it up branch by branch with string lighting, take the easy way out with net lights.
Save time and energy by casting a net over a bush or tree in moments.
6) Brighten Your Path
A Christmas décor staple for many holiday spirit enthusiasts, simple path lighting is an easy way to add character and cheer.
If you have a stretch of sidewalk or driveway in front of your home, light the way with some pathway markers. For example, Lowe’s has plenty of options from candy canes to oversized light bulbs.
5) Raise the Curtain
A rarer treat you don’t see too often is the Christmas light curtain.
Perfect for draping across your front window or from your porch rafters, this light curtain has a whimsical cascading effect.
4) Go Green with LED
With the help of LED lighting, the future is now.
When compared to the bulbs of the past, LED Christmas lights generally have a longer life, carry less risk of electrical fire and are more energy efficient — many even come with Energy Star certifications.
Available in regular style, fairy or dewdrop and even solar power, we highly recommend these mighty lights.
3) Holiday Projections
Rounding out our top three are projector lights, similar to what you’d see at a rock concert or theater.
From star-spangled Laser shows to light and bright snowflake projections, there are plenty of options for upping your production value.
2) Custom Colors
If you really want to get technical, check out Philips Illuminate C9 lights series. This selection of holiday lighting allows you to customize your light show every night with different colors and moods.
With the help of the Illuminate app on a smart phone or tablet, you can browse through colors or create your own, select one of the many preloaded functions (like warm or cool) and even change the speed of these functions.
It’s the perfect way to get your first go at the world of extreme Christmas lighting.
1) Put on a Show
But, if you’re ready to put together a Christmas light display worthy of viral video fame, our No. 1 tip can help you get there.
The Home Depot sells a system to help sync your lights along with your favorite holiday songs. Dubbed the Holiday Brilliant Spectacular Light and Sound Show, this series of products can detect the pulse of music you select and trigger the lights to match the beat.
These products allow you to select your music via Bluetooth from a computer, smartphone or tablet, control it up to 30 feet away and amplify the sound to suit your needs.
Learn how it all works right here. And if you learn it right, we’d love to see a link to your holiday display in the comments.
Happy holidays and may all your Christmases be bright!