What happens when you move into a street that loves Christmas lights displays? You get involved! Just like Andrew and Megan did.
Names and ages of family members
“Andrew Lawrence, 39, Megan Lawrence, 39, Clair Lawrence, 6, and Juliet Lawrence, 1.”
How long have you been lighting your house?
“This is our first time!”
Why do you do it?
“Our new street has a tradition of outdoor displays for Christmas, so we’ll be doing it for our girls and to celebrate our new community and the local Christmas spirit.”
Do you need to have electrical experience? If not, how did you learn to do it?
“I hope not! We will have some handy neighbours and family on hand to help.”
ow long does it take to put up and take down the lights?
“We are planning a fairly small installation, so only a couple of hours.”
Where do you store them all?
“Small storage shed on the property.”
Total number of lights/wattage?
“Mainly solar powered lights and some LEDs, only 250 lights so far, may have to get more once we start the display and get a sense of the coverage. We’re planning on a more minimal approach to garden lighting and concentrating on the verandah and central garden patch.”
Roughly how much would you spend on new lights annually?
“We have spent $100 this year.”
Where are some great places to buy lights from?
“We sourced most lights and decorations from Reverse Garbage at a bargain price as they ex-display or discarded stock from department stores’ 2010 Christmas display.”
What do the lights add to your energy bill?
“Unknown, not much as they are mainly solar-powered.”
Any special features that set your lights apart?
“We have hand-made some stars as part of our decorations, the lighting will be fairy garden like and minimal. We will also use some of the girl’s toys to create a miniature nativity scene: a barn, with animals and a cradle with people representing the holy family. They will be able to play with these in the evening with the lights go on. “
What are the most popular elements of your display?
“Unknown as yet.”
What are your personal favourite light/s?
“Clair loves the dragon fly lights, Megan likes the solar powered snowflakes, Andrew is still looking for glow in the dark or solar powered toadstools.”
Is it competitive amongst the neighbours?
“There is a little pressure to participate, but it’s not competitive as they have all offered to help by giving us lights they’re not using, and help to put them up. It’s about street pride and community spirit.”
What decorative tips do you have for someone who wants to start lighting their house?
“Source reusable/recyclable materials as much as possible, and plan ahead by buying department store displays and after-christmas sales to save money.”
What safety tips do you have for someone who wants to start lighting their house?
“Unknown at this point – go solar powered as much as possible?”